When you no longer know how to use the men's room...

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    Oct 15, 2012 10:24 AM GMT
    We went to a nice restaurant last night that we like, that has a great pan-Asian menu, named Dapur. Toward the end of the meal I went to use their restroom, which I never had gone to before.

    But when I wanted to wash my hands I couldn't find the sink. There was a counter top where I imagined the sinks would be, evidenced by a pair of water faucets side by side, but no bowls, just totally flat counter surface from one end to the other. My first and not very bright thought was, maybe they haven't finished installing them yet.

    Then I wondered if this was the intentional design. Yet the countertop was completely dry. Was I the first one to use it that night? I bent down and there seemed to be a slight backwards tilt to the surface, towards the mirrored wall. And then I saw a narrow slot just below the mirror, and leaning forward, peered down into what seemed to be a metal trough underneath the slot.

    OK, I'll take a chance, and cracked the faucet a little. Sure enough the water spread a bit over the countertop but it all ran back to the full-length slot. So I washed my hands successfully and left.

    But I can't think this is a good design, even if it's stylish & modern. For one thing a bowl helps control splash, and if the faucet was at full force the water would be everywhere. Second, there was no sign explaining this arrangement, and would I be the only guy so naive to be initially puzzled by it? I can also imagine that the blue counter would require constant cleaning by the staff due to soap & grime that would lie there.

    Or maybe I've become that out of date, an urban bumpkin. "Hey, looky here, Hank, this goldarn place has got that indoor plumbin!" You guys ever seen anything like that? Would you be confused? Or maybe the saki had dulled my common sense. icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    LOL, you sound so practical. I'm sure it won't catch on for long.
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:08 PM GMT
    "Or maybe the saki had dulled my common sense."

    So Saki is the problem?

    And btw--they have those sinks at Walmart.
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:17 PM GMT
    I would thought a little odd as well. Too bad you couldn't leave a note taped to the mirror..... with instructions. I'm sure there were other patrons that thought it weird.

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    Oct 15, 2012 12:18 PM GMT
    I thought you were gonna tell us some lesbian wandered into the men's room and tried to steal your stall.
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI would thought a little odd as well. Too bad you couldn't leave a note taped to the mirror..... with instructions. I'm sure there were other patrons that thought it weird.

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    Nah, next time I'm in there I'll be smug about using that sink very nonchalantly, while maybe another guy is all confused. Last night I was alone in there.

    But it seems that restrooms often have little oddities these days, I never know what I'll find. We have a gay bar here with a restroom marked for both sexes, but the door doesn't lock, not private. Inside there are 4 urinals against the wall, with no partitions between them. And next to them is a single commode with no stall around it, fully open to view. Who's gonna sit on that in plain sight of everyone, whether man or woman? But I guess it meets code requirements. I'd love to see the reaction of any woman who goes in there.
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:33 PM GMT
    But did you perform a blumpkin while there?
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:33 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said"...next time I'm in there I'll be smug about using that sink very nonchalantly, while maybe another guy is all confused

    Well, there you have it. He's plotting his next opportunity to be smug with someone else. I guess he'll be spending a lot if time in that men's room waiting for his victims. The man will scrub the skin off his hands in order to show off his new found knowledge. It's that pathetic!
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    Oct 15, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    451no saidAnd btw--they have those sinks at Walmart.

    I'll take your word for it.
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    Oct 15, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    This thread should have been titled "Just when you thought Art_Deco had run out of meaningless, random and banal threads to start..."
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    Oct 15, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    There's a popular gay bar by my house that has unisex bathrooms, and I find that very disturbing! There are no urinals, just stalls, and it's a pain to be waiting for stall to pee in and have a woman wander out of it. I'm like, "Great, now I have to lift the toilet seat. Gross."icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    BornJuly4th saidThis thread should have been titled "Just when you thought Art_Deco had run out of meaningless, random and banal threads to start..."

    Yeah, it just doesn't compare to the "What kind of nose would look good on the guy above you" threads. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidThere's a popular gay bar by my house that has unisex bathrooms, and I find that very disturbing! There are no urinals, just stalls, and it's a pain to be waiting for stall to pee in and have a woman wander out of it. I'm like, "Great, now I have to lift the toilet seat. Gross."icon_rolleyes.gif

    I first encountered the unisex at a lesbian bar in St. Paul, MN called the Metro, now closed. They had one restroom for women only, but the men had to do with a unisex. And they did have a fair number of guys there, since they put on some good floor shows, why I went there myself.

    And in the unisex the toilets had stalls with doors, but with signs on them telling the guys they couldn't pee in them (I presume if you sat they couldn't confirm what you were doing, though). The urinals were unpartitioned on an open wall opposite the row of sinks.

    But as I've written before, women apparently don't think men require as much privacy as they do, since I've seen women crashing the men's rooms at sports stadiums lots of times, and oddly at airport terminals, too. I try not to squeal in horror too much when it happens. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    Worked at a manufacturing company while in college and they moved operations . The first day at the new location, I went to use the toilet. As soon as I walked in, there was this huge, floor to ceiling stainless steel thing with a trough around the perimeter. I didn't see anyone else in there, so, I unzipped and was about to go when I noticed in one of the mirror reflections a urinal.....icon_question.gif Turns out the stainless steel number was the sink...could have ended up being embarrassing......icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidWorked at a manufacturing company while in college and they moved operations . The first day at the new location, I went to use the toilet. As soon as I walked in, there was this huge, floor to ceiling stainless steel thing with a trough around the perimeter. I didn't see anyone else in there, so, I unzipped and was about to go when I noticed in one of the mirror reflections a urinal.....icon_question.gif Turns out the stainless steel number was the sink...could have ended up being embarrassing......icon_lol.gif

    I first used one of those in 1957 at boys summer camp. Our common latrine had no sinks at all, just that fountain-like thing for brushing our teeth, washing hands & face, and shaving for the older boys.

    Nor any showers or hot water. We washed with cold, and for baths we stripped and went into the lake with floating bars of white soap. In the Army years later some of the other soldiers found conditions like those to be a great hardship, but I just thought to myself: "Well, looks like you're back in summer camp again, Bob." LOL
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    Oct 15, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    In the hotel "21c" in Louisville, KY there is an art exhibit. In fact the whole first floor is an art exhibit. I saw this one while there: http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/louisville/museum/exhibits/constant-world-the-work-of-jennifer-and-kevin-mccoy/

    The mens room has a large trough in the floor where water cascades down a seemingly clear window that looks out into the hallway.icon_eek.gif

    On the other side it is a mirror. People stand and look at the mirror while you are peeing on the other side.icon_lol.gif

    I loved it. Some guys can't use it, though.icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidI thought you were gonna tell us some lesbian wandered into the men's room and tried to steal your stall.



    Oh my, that would not have turned out well. icon_lol.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 15, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    HottJoe saidThere's a popular gay bar by my house that has unisex bathrooms, and I find that very disturbing! There are no urinals, just stalls, and it's a pain to be waiting for stall to pee in and have a woman wander out of it. I'm like, "Great, now I have to lift the toilet seat. Gross."icon_rolleyes.gif

    I first encountered the unisex at a lesbian bar in St. Paul, MN called the Metro, now closed. They had one restroom for women only, but the men had to do with a unisex. And they did have a fair number of guys there, since they put on some good floor shows, why I went there myself.

    And in the unisex the toilets had stalls with doors, but with signs on them telling the guys they couldn't pee in them (I presume if you sat they couldn't confirm what you were doing, though). The urinals were unpartitioned on an open wall opposite the row of sinks.

    But as I've written before, women apparently don't think men require as much privacy as they do, since I've seen women crashing the men's rooms at sports stadiums lots of times, and oddly at airport terminals, too. I try not to squeal in horror too much when it happens. icon_wink.gif


    I remember the Metro! I used to sneek in there when I was underage. It's been closed for at least ten years, I think. It was a lot of fun, though.
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:04 PM GMT

    An elderly Uncle was with his wife at a bathroom sales center. The company had a display that was fully plumbed and working. While the Mrs spoke to the sales person, my Uncle leaned over and drank from the bathroom's handy water fountain................... which was a bidet. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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    Oct 15, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    An elderly Uncle was with his wife at a bathroom sales center. The company had a display that was fully plumbed and working. While the Mrs spoke to the sales person, my Uncle leaned over and drank from the bathroom's handy water fountain................... which was a bidet. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif



    Good thing it was just a display!icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    @ HottJoe icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    Zzzziinnnng!
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Unisex...That reminds me of the unisex showers in St. Moritz. Couldn't take a shower without Florentine married women following me in..

    there's a thread idea.

    Horny Italian cougars abroad. discuss.
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    Was it something like this?

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    It was the best pic I could find. They're all the rage where I live now, and almost all new buildings / newly renovated buildings use this type of sink fixture.

    Even my school just totally redid their washrooms and switched to this type of sink. I actually find it reduces splashing, though the dumb engineers didn't give much space between the sink floor and faucet.

    And yeah, all the ones fitted here look better than this picture. It was the best I could find. I have no idea what this style is called, so looking for the pic was tough!

    The ones we have, have a covering at the end of the slope, so it looks a lot more seamless, and the slope itself is less steep. Our faucets are pipe like and generally jut out of the wall as a straight stick (don't think dirty, gay boys) with water coming out the underside of the 'pipe', instead of a curved fitting like the one depicted.
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    ive seen that type of design before but the few times i HAVE seen it they used motion detectors... so it was all hands free
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    Oct 15, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    nicerough saidWas it something like this?

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    No it wasn't. It was a totally flat and solid countertop, but having faucets. The surface slanted slightly toward the mirror on the wall. Along the bottom of the mirror was a narrow slot that ran the length of the countertop, into which the water ran.

    I didn't think to take a pic with my phone, but will next time I'm in there, or if I come across another of them. I'll be going to another restaurant tonight, where their restroom oddity is faucets shaped like antique hand pumps. I don't like those, either, but at least they spill into conventional sinks.

    BTW, would a drawback to the one you pictured be a lack of a drain screen? If your ring slipped off, or something else small fell into this sink, would it drop out of reach?