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What we have here is a failure to flush

The Great Nichols Hall Toilet-Flushing Meme

I was going to make this entry a brief rant about how I installed Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 and my ThinkPad still seems unable to hibernate without my shutting down most applications by hand, but instead I will make this a longer rant about how peoplemen who work and go to classes in Nichols Hall seem to forget to flush toilets when they are through with them.

Since I'm not naming names (and couldn't if I wanted to), I am going to be rather brutally honest here. I will not put this behind an LJ cut, as it would defeat the purpose, but I will refrain from graphic comments for the sake of the squeamish. That said, not flushing the commode does not protect the water closet user from witnessing some graphic things.1

Those of you who happen to work at KSU and in Nichols may wish to propagate this meme in your LiveJournals or Blosxom and Drupal blogs.
Meme: I'm banazir. I am one of the people who works and teaches or attends classes in Nichols Hall on the campus of Kansas State University. Recently I have found it necessary to flush the toilets in the lavatory when I go in to use a stall, because they were not flushed by a previous occupant. Please remember to flush toilets when you use them. It is sanitary and considerate of others. Thank you.

You wouldn't think that would be necessary to post this, but our long-suffering custodian Pauline (the wonderful older lady whom you may often see before noon on the second and third floors, especially in Computer Science or Speech Com, Theatre, and Dance) has confirmed to me that it is indeed not universal practice. Her 3-year old grandniece, she reminded me, knows how to empty out her little kiddie-potty into the big one and flush it. I should hope that grown men can do the same.

That is all; thank you for your time.
:steps off soapbox:

1 In case you are wondering, I am using as many synonyms for "toilet bowl" and for "lavatory" as I can, in the hopes that Google and the Wayback Machine will pick this up and archive it, preserving for posterity the reminder that the restrooms in one's workplace should be cared for with some semblance of sanitary consciousness.

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Banazir

Comments

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yahvah
Sep. 1st, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
Good God. There are some animals that work in the IBM building where I have an actual office.

*shakes his head*

What is really cool, though, are those waterless urinals that the IRS got recently. I bet google would return the company the IRS purchased them from in a 'one-click', but I'm too lazy right now to check since I'd have to open another web browser on a laptop with under 200MB of RAM.
banazir
Sep. 1st, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
Animals
Good God. There are some animals that work in the IBM building where I have an actual office.
I have found that poor sanitary habits know no bounds of education level, profession, or ethnicity. Note that I do not say gender. Draw what conclusions you will.

*shakes his head*
What is really cool, though, are those waterless urinals that the IRS got recently.

Interesting! I'll look those up later, but tell me more when you get a chance?

I bet google would return the company the IRS purchased them from in a 'one-click'
Hrm, that gives me an idea.
Perhaps I should label the flush handles "ONE-CLICK CHECKOUT"?
Tronkies might actually get the message.

but I'm too lazy right now to check since I'd have to open another web browser on a laptop with under 200MB of RAM.
<WHISPER>Firefox!</WHISPER>
(Why such a dinky notebook?)

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Banazir
scottharmon
Sep. 1st, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Animals
From what my wife has said, it does seem to cross the 'gender' bounary...
banazir
Sep. 3rd, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
Gah
That just disillusions me like all-get-out.

Grils aren't made of sugar and spice and everything nice?

I still believe that elves make their own lembas, though.
Really.

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Banazir
yahvah
Sep. 2nd, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Animals
Those urinals have some sort of filter that just absorbs the urine. I'm not sure if they're changed out by IRS employees or whether the company from which they purchased them has some sort of service to deal with it.

Perhaps I should label the flush handles "ONE-CLICK CHECKOUT"?

Oy. How about two or three for some of the rancid bowls I've seen? Rather, "TAKE AS MANY AS YOU NEED!" is what I would suggest. ;-D

(Why such a dinky notebook?)

They're doing a workstation refresh now, but the one that I'm using now was used by some girl named Brooke. She left the company, then I joined the company and received her laptop. It's a T20. I'm debating purchasing memory to upgrade it, but if they give me a refresh, I'd have wasted my money. If I ever buy a laptop of my own, I'll want one that can run Half-Life 2. ;-)

Firefox!

Qué?
banazir
Sep. 5th, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: Animals
Those urinals have some sort of filter that just absorbs the urine. I'm not sure if they're changed out by IRS employees or whether the company from which they purchased them has some sort of service to deal with it.
Interesting.
IRS employees?

Oy. How about two or three for some of the rancid bowls I've seen? Rather, "TAKE AS MANY AS YOU NEED!" is what I would suggest. ;-D
Gah!
Now, to be honest, sometimes the drains DO clog, or water levels go down with repeated flushings, etc. But the majority of these (AFAICT) stem from people not thinking of the bathrooms in their workplace as akin in any way to those in their homes.

They're doing a workstation refresh now...
Gotcha. Have a good one!

Qué?</i>
The new Mozilla browser.

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Banazir
yahvah
Sep. 7th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
Re: Animals
IRS employees?

Woops. Technically, the IRS hires private sector employees (contractors) to clean their bathrooms. So they could have contractors, government workers (ie: IRS employees) or the company itself changing out the filter.

The new Mozilla browser.

I just installed it and am using it now. Great suggestion! It's sweet. It imported all of my IE settings into itself.
banazir
Sep. 19th, 2004 02:55 am (UTC)
Some questions
Woops. Technically, the IRS hires private sector employees (contractors) to clean their bathrooms. So they could have contractors, government workers (ie: IRS employees) or the company itself changing out the filter.
Ah, OK.
Say, what's going on with your notebook upgrade now?
(Oh, and happy new year.)

The new Mozilla browser.
I just installed it and am using it now. Great suggestion! It's sweet. It imported all of my IE settings into itself.
You're welcome. Please let me know if you find a way to resume tabs, other than using this plugin. I don't mind installing it... once. It has to be done on each of the half dozen systems on which I'm installing 1.0PR.

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Banazir
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banazir
Sep. 1st, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
Mo-mo-mo-mo-monkey
First they wouldn't learn to put the toilet seat back down, now they won't learn to flush after themselves.
Well, I ataleast am vert well-trained.
Live in a household with females (not just my mom, with whom I didn't have to share a bathroom, but my cousins, one of whom I did) and you learn.

Men and toilet bonton is like cows and tennis, isn't it?
Heyyy, what did I tells ya about that broad brush?
See above. :-)

Next thing you know they'll go Weebl!Monkey and do thair business all over the place!
Men can go anywhere!

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Banazir
weetanya
Sep. 1st, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
you've inspired me to write about toilets.
banazir
Sep. 1st, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
The Loo of Saruman
Very interesting!

"American butt-sized vs. Thai butt-sized"... ROFLOL!

Tiptoes from being wee! Too qyoot.

In the grand tradition of maegwen:

"Gondor has no TP... Gondor needs no TP." (J/K)
"If I return... think better of me. (That will depend on the odor of your return.)"
"What is the toilet of Thais but a deep hole, where people squat on the can, and the gnats crawl on their crap amid the flies?" (ugh, blech)

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Banazir
weetanya
Sep. 1st, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: The Loo of Saruman
That last one... *shudder*

and yet it holds the odor of truth...
banazir
Sep. 3rd, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
The Toilet of Elrond
"How came the Elves to fail in their task?"

This has been your red-hot poker moment of the week. ;-)

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Banazir
rsmit212
Sep. 1st, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)

Unfortunately, I can assure you that it is not just in Nichols Hall. It seems to be everywhere. Another annoyance are those who don't wash their hands when they're done. I refuse to shake hands any more.
banazir
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
Hand-shaking
Unfortunately, I can assure you that it is not just in Nichols Hall. It seems to be everywhere.
No, it isn't just Nichols.
I was just trying to rock out the blog and sic the LJ-wielders on 'em. :-)

Another annoyance are those who don't wash their hands when they're done.
Public bathrooms (urinals or stalls): yes.

I refuse to shake hands any more.
Join the ranks of Donald Trump and David Heckerman. You're in good company, at least in the latter case. :-D

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Banazir
siocled
Sep. 1st, 2004 11:47 am (UTC)
Airport restrooms are particularly bad, in my experience. Once, it took me 3 or 4 tries to find a clean one, having backed away with a tiny horrified squeal from all prior attempts.
I wonder if some of these atrocities are caused by premature flushings. You know, the electronically trigered toilets where you sit down and it flushes, you jump around a bit, do your thing, stand up and it doesn't. I once set off one such stall merely by walking past its open door. I guess they were too busy spending money on telling people to not bring purses or other bomb threats into their building to actually afford to install functional toilets.
banazir
Sep. 5th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
Airport restrooms are particularly bad, in my experience. Once, it took me 3 or 4 tries to find a clean one, having backed away with a tiny horrified squeal from all prior attempts.
Gah!
Worst yet is when the smell follows one as one moves to other stalls.

I wonder if some of these atrocities are caused by premature flushings. You know, the electronically trigered toilets where you sit down and it flushes, you jump around a bit, do your thing, stand up and it doesn't. I once set off one such stall merely by walking past its open door.
Possibly. Say, I heard tell of some automatic rigs that actually tilt the whole toilet bowl up in the new Paris airport. Have you seen any of these?

I guess they were too busy spending money on telling people to not bring purses or other bomb threats into their building to actually afford to install functional toilets.
:sigh: Yeah, you're prolly right.

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Banazir
narvi
Sep. 1st, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
I know all about these woes.

I have a nine-year-old brother.
banazir
Sep. 1st, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Indeed, O'Neill
... but at least you can train him.
"A burden and a solace on the road..."

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Banazir
myng_rabbyt
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:47 am (UTC)
I must echo what has been said often above: that nasty habit crosses the gender boundary. It just shocks me that adults have "problems" flushing the loo! It's so easy! Maybe they should install those automatic flushing toilets.

Do they have automatic flushing urinals? (See, I'm a girl, and I don't go into the boys' WC.)
banazir
Sep. 5th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)
I must echo what has been said often above: that nasty habit crosses the gender boundary.
Ugh, I feared it was so.

It just shocks me that adults have "problems" flushing the loo! It's so easy! Maybe they should install those automatic flushing toilets.
We could do that, and install the new hand washer-dryer rigs as we did in the K-State Union, but one still has to put one's hands into it.

Personally, I think it's more an issue of user education.

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Banazir
myng_rabbyt
Sep. 7th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
Personally, I think it's more an issue of user education.

Hmmm...so during "New Faculty Orientation" and classes that help orient students to campus life, there should be a session on "Use of the Lavatory"? I LIKE IT!
banazir
Sep. 19th, 2004 02:52 am (UTC)
Hmmm...so during "New Faculty Orientation" and classes that help orient students to campus life, there should be a session on "Use of the Lavatory"? I LIKE IT!

"... and after you go potty, you push this little metal thing to flush it!"

lol, I hope it isn't faculty.

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Banazir
myng_rabbyt
Sep. 20th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
I think most of our potty problems are student-related, though I would expect better of students. They're practically adults, and you would think that adults would know how to go potty.

On the other hand, if that were truly the case, we wouldn't be having this discussion.
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