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Chutz
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   Posted 12/2/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, today is gripe day! See...we can even have fun venting...lol Here's mine...

What is with all of these Automatic Flush Toilets? Do they think the ones require a learners manual or are we not operate them correctly. Might we use 2 flushes instead of just the one we are allowed??? And for heaven’s sake don’t put a small child on one of those automated whirlpools! One wrong move and it’s down the drain for the little love. Then there is the problem of only getting a flush when the toilet wants to do it. Try out this scenario…. You enter the only available stall in the public rest room. (why is it called a rest room? I don’t rest in there) And to your horror the rude visitor before you left more than the system could handle. There are 2 other stalls but no way can you wait in hopes that one of them has clearish water in it instead looking like a backed up cesspool! So what do you do? The only way to remove the unsightly deed is to flush…so must you sit, stand up, step forward, wait for the flush, then sit to do what you came in there for? Where it the old fashion handle?? I’d even settle for a pull chain!

And of course if you have the Automatic Flush Toilet you MUST have the Automatic Faucet to match. But those too have a problem. Color! Darker colors don’t work well under the laser light if at all. The laser must reflect off of your hands and back to the sensor to turn on the faucet. For many of us it works just fine, considering the thing is working at all. But if you are of an ethnicity who sports a darker skin color the laser is absorbed into the skin and doesn’t reflect back to the sensor…hence no water at all. Isn’t that interesting? What are you supposed to do? Borrow the hand of the whiter person next to you so your water will turn on? The misery and indignity we suffer just trying to keep up with daily hygiene chores.

Anyone else have a gripe about public restrooms or the automated systems?

Chutz <stepping down from soap box> hmmm, soap will be my NEXT gripe...
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 12/3/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate public restrooms with only a blower to dry your hands. They are so unsanitary because all it does is blow the air from the restroom all over your hands. The air in some of these restrooms is just full of bacteria and the thought of this really grosses me out.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/3/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
   Now that were starting in the bathroom.....My gripe is the over use of Toilet Paper! :) We can't seem to keep it on hand in the house! My wife buys it by the truck loads...but every time I reach for a roll...were out!....Gee I wonder why?!....I accidentally walked in on my wife one day...and I swear it looked like she had been to the burn unit at the local hospital.....her hand was wraped up clear to her elbow...and looked like a Q-Tip for an Elaphant! :) ...I just crack my self up! :)
 
     Michael
 
   Don't worry Ladies...I'm going to pay for this big time..when she gets a hold of me! :)

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/3/2009 8:12:05 AM (GMT-7)


Chartreux
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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Michael, my grip is the cheap tiolet paper they use at the expensive stores such as Macy's, Dillard's...
It's like why are they so cheap on the bathroom items.....
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Jim1969
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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My gripe with public restrooms is the size of the stalls. They are generally fine if you are in there by yourself and you do not have any additions like a coat, bag, or a child in tow then it is like a test for claustrophobia or you feel like you are practicing for an audition to play the cream filling in a live action Twinkie movie.

I don't mind the automatic flush toilet and urinals. Most of the ones I have seen do have a manual button on them (Chutz look for a little black button next to the sensor), but what I hate are the paper towel dispensers, both the manual and automatic ones. The manual ones, assuming there are any towel in them, are crammed full and you end up having to dig them out and once you have them out you end up with enough to dry yourself off after a shower. The auto ones give you one sheet at a time and most have a 15-30 second delay before you can get another one.

Speaking of automatic devices in the bathroom....what about those water faucets. Wave your hand and you get about 5 seconds of water then you look like you are the flag signal officer on a naval warship telling another ship it is time to attack trying to get your next squirt of water.
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/3/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I just can't pass on this one! It's kind of a gross story so if you get grossed out easy, please read no farther!!!!


This is a honest to G. story that happened to me in an airport restroom coming home from Virginia on a trip to see my Sailor Son Pete Jr.



Some of you may have constipation issues due to the meds you take like I often do but when I travel it really multiplies the problem! So after being up there for 3 or 4 days w/o going #2> I got to rthe airport all ready to head home when nature finally called.



NOTE::: I often have a serious problem w/ clogging up toilets! There hasn't been a toilet made that I can't clog up and sometimes it happens in the most embarrasing places! OK back to the story>>



As I entered the stall w/ the cleanest toilet avalible I noticed the autoflush went off before I even closed the door, so thats OK, it will be even cleaner right? So I go about my business and finish up w/ the thinnest paper ever made by man> Yuk!!! Then as I get up to leave, it flushed again and yep you guessed it>> El Cloggo!!! All the way up to the rim but didn't overflow!! Lucky me!!



Well I went across the room to wash my hands and in the mirror behind me I can see that both stalls on either side of the one I just left were occupied. Then this poor chump opens the door to go into the one I had used>>> AUTO FLUSH!!!! Out it comes overflowing my huge mess all over the floor and under the stalls on both sides!! Well the poor guys on either side started screaming and cursing at the guy as the flood swept across theior shoes and pant legs!!!!



I felt really bad for them but I didn't know it was going to happen and even if I did the traffic in airport johns is very heavy!!! What was I supposed to do, stand guard?



So I made a quick exit before someone descided to catch the foul dude that filled the bowl!!



So sorry, I know it's an awful story and Moderator feel free to dispose of it! I just couldn't help remembering the day of the Brown flood in Norfolk Va.!!!!!!



Your ashamed friend,

Pete

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/3/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
   OH....shoot....Pete!......I thought I had the winner for the day....now thats funny..not right, but funny! :) By the way try Miralax! I just picked some up yesterday!

Chutz
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   Posted 12/3/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, you guys! I just managed to get myself up off the floor...and my sides hurt from laughing! PETE! You didn't run back in there with a mop and bucket admitting you were the culprit? I'm shocked at you...I would have made a run for it too, my friend...lmbo

OK, I guess we DO need more subjects like this one. Something about bathrooms that bring out the best and worst in us...lol

Chutzie

(hmm, thinking to self...maybe we should post this in the Crohns and UC forum...lol BTW, I have UC so I can take a few jabs at it.)
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White Beard
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   Posted 12/3/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete

I am holding my sides from laughing so hard, those poor guys in the stall nest to yours! I don't blame you for getting out of there! I will tell you if you really want an experience, I was stationed in Taiwan in 1972, and sitting in a local bar in Taichung City sipping a 7and 7 and when the urge hits you go to the bathroom well the first thing you notice the bathroom doesn't have a door and their toilets are little more than holes in the tile floor with lids, with no stalls or walls separating them, and they are Co=ed bathrooms! most GI's including myself found that it is most difficult ( actually impossible) to go to the bathroom with a strange lady next to you doing the same! Taiwan in the early 70's had open sewage ditches called (pronounced) "Been-Joe" ditches running through the cities and towns and also country side. In Taichung on one side of the street you would see some one washing cloths in the ditch, and down the way some one else leaning over the ditch brushing their teeth in it and on the other side of the street you would see a local going to the bathroom in it! We were all told not to drink the water off base or eat food at the noodle stands mix drinks were alright to drink but don't eat the ice! I still got Hepatitus A when I was there and I was pretty cautious about everything I did there!
Talk about bathroom stories........... I willl leave Pete with having the best!

White Beard

Chutz
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   Posted 12/3/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
White Beard...

And why would anyone wonder that a GI ends up here at Healing Well with chronic diseases? I still am in awe and honor anyone who serves or served in our military, especially before the end of the Viet Nam era. You are all amazing in my eyes. Sorry for the divergence but I felt the need to say that.

Chutz
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Becoming undone
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   Posted 12/3/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
omg...laughing soooo much. Thanks Pete for the story....Chutz...yeah potty humour is quite common on the Crohn's/UC forums...probably cuz we spend so much time there...you gotta laugh or you're going to end up crying...personally, I like laughing....

Like when my husband had and problem like Pete's...He(my DH) hadn't gone all week we were on vacation...he tried eating lots and lots of fruits, veg, salads, even laxitives...well last day on our trip...he didn't realize how much was there...clogged it up with just volume (and the smell, out of this world, not to mention the visuals)...it DIDN'T want to go down...for at least an hour or more...we went to the beach and hoped it would go down...it didn't...so we left it for the poor housekeeping staff of the Hotel, and dare not show our faces ever again...We remember this and ruefully laugh...hoping it won't happen again...
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
B-U,
Been there > Done that!!! I'm sorry to admit it but I've left presents for housekeepers many times all over the country! They really shoild provide plungers in the rooms!! I have requested them many times when we were staying there more than one night.

My wife is so proud of me!!!>>> NOT!!! It's a cross I must bear!!!
Packed-up Pete

Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/4/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG.....it's midnight here in California....and I'm sitting here laughing at your story, Pete smilewinkgrin I can't stop laughing at the visual image that I have!!!

On that note, I'm heading to bed!!

--Tina
Pain Issues: Neck/back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands, arms, feet; I also have POTS/dysautonomia; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Addison's Disease; Central Sleep Apnea; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin (480mg daily); Dilaudid (8mg/3x day); Actiq (1200 mcgs/1x per day); Soma (3x day); Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan; Effexor and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


PAlady
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   Posted 12/5/2009 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I ScreamingEagle. You have touched on sacred, hallowed ground when you dare talk about women and our t.p. needs - whether it's amount or brand or whatever.....best tip toe around this! We NEED it far more than you guys ever will! We need twice as much on a good day as you guys need on your worst. Don't ask why. Don't touch it. Leave it be. Your wife, I'm sure, has already let you know this!! You have a good marriage and if you want to keep it that way, GIVE HER AS MUCH TOILET PAPER AS SHE NEEDS! ;-)

Agree with me ladies?

AND I heard somewhere someone had come up with a machine that would in addition to all the auto functions already driving us nuts in bathrooms, measure out the toilet paper we could have! Like 7 sheets at a time!!!!

The world must be coming to an end or something! smhair

PaLady
BTW Pete, I wrote part of this post to you, but it got erased or something, but thank you for the laugh! I am still ROFL and have no idea how I will get the image out of my mind! I knew I had to come back to this thrread when I was in a better frame of mind than I was the other night. And I was right! smilewinkgrin

Post Edited (PAlady) : 12/5/2009 2:14:52 AM (GMT-7)

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