On our floor at work there are two toilet cubicles in the restroom. A few months ago some new light switches were installed with timers that were way too short, forcing you to press the damn button every minute when you’re taking a dump while reading a copy of Hacker’s Delight or the RTP book or whatever was lying around when I decided to take one. Of course the damn button is placed such that you really do have to lift your ass a little to be able to push it.
So taking a dump had gone from an enjoyable pastime and an opportunity for learning to a nerve-wrecking ass-lifting button-pushing hell.
Luckily I wasn’t the only one who tried raising a tiny fist cursing “the system” by putting bits of paper and assorted desk items into the button mechanism to keep the button depressed. One day I even had the whole button pressed with a ball of paper and a few layers of gaffa tape – the really sticky kind used at concerts and festivals to keep cables in their place even though 60000 people walk over it all the time.
But I digress.
For the last few weeks, cubicle one has had its light switch continuously depressed through some way I have yet to figure out (but I applaud the mysterious Robin Hood who did this), while the other one had the regular button. So toilet A has the light burning all the time, while toilet B doesn’t. Mysteriously, toilet A also always has the toilet seat *up*. toilet B has the seat *down*.
What is *up* with that ? If you were to use a toilet only for stand-up peeing, would it matter much if the light stayed on for less than a minute ? Yet the one that is comfortably set up for a long session of dump-n-read has the seat *up*.
By the way, I should mention that there are two normal standing toilets (for peeing) right next to the two cubicles. So there’s no reason someone should go into the cubicle with light, put the seat up, and pee, and leave the seat up.
Can somebody with a passing knowledge of antropology, sociology, psychology or urology please explain this to me ? Thank you.
An entry on my actual anal fixations will follow later.