Man I'm beat. Beat like a red headed stepchild! We're doing an epoxy floor coating in a restroom at Intel today and tomorrow. today involved removing the old sheet vinyl and mastic and then applying the epoxy primer and color flake to it. The first day (today) is always the hard part of the job. The second day is generally a breeze. Anyhoo, it's good money and they are really good about paying quickly, so hard work or not, I'm not complaining.
And now...a break from the post to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who took the POW writing challenge and put such amazing stories out there for my/our reading pleasure. I was hoping for a few people to join in on it, but was truly wowed that there were ten of you who made the time to write your words down. And what gifted writers you are too! THANK YOU!!!
Also a thank you to any and all who came by this site or any of the others and read these wonderful stories. You are every bit as important to the cause. Your comments and feedback are an inspiration for me (and I'm sure the others too) to want to keep it up.
I'll have Octobers pictures posted tomorrow, (Friday) and as I did before, the POW icon on my sidebar will link back to them to make it easier to find throughout the month.
OK, back to the bathroom...as it were.
Spending eight hours in a bathroom tends to make a person look at this room a bit differently than normal. At least is does with me. I noticed that nearly everything is automated these days. Motion sensors activate the various items and do for us what we used to have to do for ourselves. Long gone are the days of touching that nasty handle on the toilet. This I like. I mean who wants to touch one of those things when you know darn good and well the last person (and who knows how many others) have just released bodily fluids and before they've had a chance to wash their hands, they're grabbing a hold of the thing. YUCK!!!
Another thing I like is the automatic water at the faucet. The ones that used to be so popular I didn't. They were the ones that you would push down and it would give you about ten seconds of water before it shut off. They never seemed to be in sink with what I needed for water. They would inevitably shut off about three seconds before the last of the soap was washed off, thereby making you push it on again and watching it run considerably longer than it need to. It also seemed that about every tenth one would stick in the on position. Gallon after gallon of water wasting away down the drain as I would feel compelled to try and pull the damn thing back up to shut it off.
Next up, the soap dispenser. This item tends to irritate me more than it does help. Generally I stick my hand underneath it and nothing happens. So what do I do? Move my hand closer to where I think the motion sensor is. Nine times out of ten when I do this, I end up with soap at about my wrist. I guess it could be worse, but if their going to call it hand soap it should darn well land on my hand, otherwise change the name to wrist soap please!
Now it's time to dry my hands (or wrists, or elbows, or wherever the soap managed to land). It seems more and more places are giving us a choice these days. Blow dry or paper towels. Now I admittedly like a blow job as much as the next guy, but not under these circumstances. No, I'm more of a paper towel kind of guy in the bathroom. What I want to know though, is who gets to decide how much of the roll gets dispensed when I wave my hand in front of the electric eye? Did the powers at be for the Paper Towel Dispensers of America have a wash off and create some magic formula for this?
Well, I haven't seen it yet, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if there are automatic toilet paper giver outers too. If they haven't yet figured out the proper ratio on this one, then I want to be a part of the study group. Can you imagine the round table discussions for this? On a related issue, who the hell is the cheap SOB that keeps putting single ply butt wipes in the dispenser? Do you really think this is going to save your company big dollars? I've got news for you, It doesn't. We just use twice as much!!!
If you'll excuse me I have some business to take care of...