Monday, May 12, 2008

Toilet revelations

It is commonly believed - at least around these parts - that people do their best thinking in the bathroom. Why? Who knows. Maybe it's that little slice of solitude that opens your mind. Or, maybe you're relaxed while mindlessly taking care of routine business when your mind drifts to a problem and all of a sudden you have a solution.

Whatever it is, I had a revelation during one recent restroom break... about the restroom. We've been in this office for almost two years, and it never occurred to me before how uncomfortable it is to use the ladies' room. It's not the toilet itself but rather how close the toilet is to the wall on the left and how far it is from the wall on the right.

Narrow stalls in public places make me slightly uncomfortable, but as long as the toilet is in the middle, it's not a big deal. It's when the toilet is off center - closer to one wall while leaving a big open space on the other - that it gets awkward. It cramps my style. And now I can't help but notice and think about this in every public restroom I visit.

It's just too bad I don't use my bathroom powers of revelation for something more productive, such as solving the energy crisis, ending world hunger, or organizing relief efforts for victims of earthquakes or tornadoes. I'm sure I'll get around to it. Someday. When people starting putting toilets in the center of stalls.