Monday, April 30, 2007

Now I've seen everything

When I was in 6th or 7th grade, P2, TheDeanInc, and I flew to Utah to visit my father's family. At the airport I briefly left to use the restroom. When the toilet flushed on it's own, I was taken so off guard that I ran out to P2 and related the experience.

"Dad! I stood up and the toilet flushed! Is someone watching? That's just creepy."
"No...it's automatic. What did you think about the sinks?"
"What do you mean?"
"The sinks come on when you stick your hand near the sensor. You washed your hands right?"
"Um, I'll be right back."

Now that I'm older and actually practice proper sanitation habits, I thought I'd seen it all: automated toilets, sinks that dispense sparse amounts of water, sliding doors, and paper towels units that require no transfer of germs. But no. I was introduced to a new product at the airport this past week.

Behold the saniseat. I waved my hand in front of the sensor and a new plastic sleeve covered the toilet. A counter on the wall not only informed the janitor how many sleeves remained but also confirmed to me just how many other "seats" had sat on my throne.

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Strange things to ponder when you're sitting. I thought I'd seen it all. Now I'm hoping I've seen it all. What's next? Actually, I don't want to know.

5 comments:

Rachel said...

I saw those at so many airports. When I was in flight attendant training, I flew somewhere with that and I was amazed. Crazy isn't it?

Thomas said...

When I went to Disney World with my family, one of my nieces had just been potty trained.

When the toilet auto-flushed on her she FREAKED-OUT!!! She thought that there was a monster in the potty and my sister or her husband had to hold her down so she would go. She would just scream while she went to the potty.

There has got to be a way to make it pleasant for little kids.

Jason said...

I'm just glad I pee standing up....

laura said...

I've never even heard of those sani-seats. That is crazy. And I've never even thought about how many people have sat on that toilet before I sit down. I don't want to know.

Hope you had a nice trip out here.

Shankar said...

Anything comment I make here would only be toilet humour, and I refuse to stoop so low...for the time being.