Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting Educated

Location: 5th floor Sanchez Building (Education Building)

Facilities: 2 Stalls (automatic), 3 Urinals (automatic), 3 Sinks, Soap, Paper Towels and Hand Dryer

Readers, I have found my Mecca, and it is a bathroom on the south side of campus. Unfortunately this means I have to face south everytime I poop, which can be difficult at times.

Working on a tip and my theory that the farther out of the way a bathroom is the nicer it will be, I hit the Sanchez building, just south of PCL, after a tasty JCL lunch. I'd used the bathroom on the first floor last year, and it hadn't really blown me away. However, I thought maybe if I went up a little further I'd have better luck. A few short escalator rides and I was there. In case you haven't caught on by this point, this bathroom is way out of the way even if you are in the area, so be forewarned.

There are two things that struck me as soon as I entered. First, it was huge. I mean it was twice as big as other bathrooms with the same number of facilities. You could lay out some cardboard and start breakdancing in there if you wanted. The other thing that strikes you is the smell, or rather lack thereof. I didn't think it was possible. I had only heard of it in legends, but there it was, an actual bathroom with no smell. At all. It didn't smell like poo or urine or sweat or even air freshener. It didn't smell like anything. It was beautiful. After that point I knew I was in love. All the toilets are automatic, and you are even given the option of using either paper towels or a hand dryer (If I have the time I always go with hand dryer, but if I don't its nice to have the option).

Seriously, if it weren't for the location this would be the perfect bathroom. As it is though, its just so out of the way as to be prohibitive. I give it my first ever four and a half flushes out of five. (The half flush is when you flush right after another flush and the tank hasn't filled up all the way yet so it isn't full strength)

1 comment:

  1. It's been a long time, but this description reminds me of the men's restroom on the fourth floor of the E.P. Schoch building. It was the finest I've ever encountered on campus--quite palatial and refined. As I walked out, I almost expected an attendant to appear out of thin air and hand me a hot towel and a mint. This was about ten years ago, so things may have changed; I believe it's now used by the Geology department instead of Germanic Studies. (You could always count on the latter to keep 'alles in ordnung'.)

    The worst restroom I know of is just outside my office in the Tower. There is only one sink, and it's located no more than six inches away from the only urinal. No partition, of course. Who on earth came up with this arrangement? It's quite unsanitary, and occasionally leads to very awkward encounters. You'd think that everyone would follow a simple code: if someone else is washing their hands, or about to wash their hands, then you should use a stall instead of a urinal. But no.

    And let's not even talk about the people who don't wash their hands. I think they should be identified and tracked just like sex offenders.