Bathtubs. Anybody use them?

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    Nov 25, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    Short: Do you men actually take baths or do you always just grab a quick shower?

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    (Sorry, there don't seem to be any good images of "The Fall Guy" bathtub on the web.)

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    I never even intended to put a bathtub in my house. Just huge walk-in showers. Bathtubs, after all, are a waste of space that nobody uses. The little ones in the rentals that I lived in were too small to soak in and just made using the shower awkward. However, a contractor insisted that it was required *, so I put in a big corner jacuzzi in the master bedroom and another in the guest suite.

    They have mostly been gathering dust and dead bugs for the last 12 years, and taking up a lot of space. It takes more than half an hour to fill the damned thing, plus time to clean it, and then it's good for at most, fifteen minutes before I get bored. I've used it maybe a dozen times, including a couple of times to treat borderline hypothermia and two times it was actually used for foreplay.

    Lately, suddenly, I've been using it once or twice a week. I think my iPad, in its standup case, makes all the difference. Now I can watch a movie or read a self-illuminated book. There is something to do while soaking. And I can dim the lights, light the candles (as per design) and park a glass of wine on the shelf.

    This really freaks the cat out. He feels that he should be sitting on my lap, and interfering with the book, as usual. But the water really freaks him out. (kitty-WTF?) He says the whole concept is faggy. I dunno. Too relaxed to care.

    * I believe his exact words were, "As your contractor, it is my duty to advise you that unless you put a fucking big soaking tub in this loft, you will never get a woman to live in this house."
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    I only soak in a really hot bath when I have sort muscles. But even then, it's not that relaxing because modern tubs are so small. I'm pretty short, and I can barely fit in a regular tub. icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Baths are pretty amazing! I really, really, love taking a bath whenever I get some down time. Something so relaxing and carefree about it. I especially love taking a bath with my boyfriend. That's some pretty good bonding and connecting time icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    When I was in american I stayed at a friends place and I swear he had the biggest bath I'd ever seen!

    it was a jacuzzi type that kept the water hot too.

    I used that thing so many times I think I have seriously contributed to the drought that hit while I was there.

    Anyway that thing was just incredible it was roomie warm and bubbly and when your put bubble bath in it OMG it was amazing!

    Every other bath I've not fitted in and you should see the bath this place I live in has hahahahahahaha I can soak my feet in it
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    This is nice. Deep enough to submerge the whole body. And big enough for two! icon_biggrin.gif

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    Nov 25, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    yes, when I have time I do, but it has to include candles and music. I am only 5'8" so while it is not perfect, it's not uncomfortable either. (another perk to being short.. thanks God)

    to the OP, It's always nice to have a personal retreat icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 25, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    I only shower, never even seen a bathtub before. Not sure how I feel about it really, could be nice to relax in but I'm always rushing about so it'd probably be an inconvenience and only used when I have time to relax in the tub.
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    Nov 25, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    Never mind.. I think I'd rather have this in my house..

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  • Just_Tim

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    Nov 25, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    I usually take a bath AT LEAST once a week. I think they're great.

    Haven't had the chance to get in there with anybody else, but I'm pretty sure that's even better.
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    Nov 25, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    Quick shower, even though I fell for the same hype that every woman who ever watched a Lifetime movie did - that soaking in a big tub with votive candles, rose petals and relaxing music would be incredibly relaxing. When I finally got a house with a big whirlpool tub I tried it out and it was exhausting, what with having to clean out the tub afterwards. That's why they quickly gather dust in the homes of women without cleaning ladies on speed dial.

    But I loved using my Coleman hot tub because it had three high horsepower motors that made for a penetrating deep tissue massage so invigorating and therapeutic that other spas, much less whirlpool/jetted tubs, didn't even register. I'd soak for a minimum hour in it at least twice a week. As a bromine spa it didn't irritate my skin and was super easy to clean and maintain because I'd take a soap and water shower in a swimsuit (swimsuits hold residual detergent which causes foam) before entering and made guests do the same so there'd never be a ring and the water would hardly ever need changing. That defined relaxation.
  • kevmoran

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    Nov 25, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    I do about once a week and do a whole spa day. Masks, foot scrubs, bath, everything. Sometimes I need to butch it up a little after and watch some football but other times I just go full force and watch Sex and the City and blast some Destiny's Child.

    I suggest it.
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    Nov 25, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    Very rarely do I have a bath, possiby once a year?

    Typically happens when I have been crying or need a cathartic release. Being immersed in hot water seems to soothe my sorrows and allows me to approach problems with a fresh perspective.
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    Nov 25, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    I don't really do bath.......it dries out natural oil
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    Nov 25, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    I've got just a normal bathtub now, but the last three houses had big Jacuzzi tubs (with jets) and I've used them all. I normally shower, but about once a month or so I take a long bath and just soak and relax for awhile.

    My s.o. isn't wild about bathtubs and I've gotten him into a tub only once - - - as a prelude to, uh - - - well, you know.
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    Nov 25, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    I mostly take showers, but if I had the time I'd probably take a bath every week to two weeks. (Not the candles and wine. Maybe mood lighting) I do like the idea of *ahem* bathing with a loved one. I actually really, really like that idea icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    Gotta have a bathtub in the house.
    It's where my dogs bathe when it's too cold to bathe outdoors.

    These days every McMansion has at least one whirlpool tub -- usually right next to a shower. The tub never sees any use 'cause it takes so much water to fill it. Telltale sign is the dust and dead bugs in the bottom.
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:27 PM GMT
    I have a jacuzzi tub, and soaking helps me relax. I'll bring over my portable desk with my laptop, pop in a DVD and watch while I let calgon take me away.

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    Nov 25, 2012 1:27 PM GMT
    I love baths! My dream house will have the most ridiculous bath tub you can imagine.
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    Gotta admit, this does look relaxing:
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    I love baths! I don't think that's very common, because from most of my friends and acquainates, I found out that it's very seldom for them to take baths. Girls tend to take 15-30 min showers anyway. But, I'll gladly spend about half an hour in a bathtub, my favorite way to finish up the day.
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    mindgarden said It takes more than half an hour to fill the damned thing, plus time to clean it, and then it's good for at most, fifteen minutes before I get bored.


    The whirlpool tub takes so long to fill that I've lost interest by the time it's ready. Not to mention that it totally drains the water heater and you can forget about .having hot water for any other purpose.
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    Nov 25, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    I love a hot bath every now and then.
  • GWriter

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    Nov 25, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    I love to take a really hot bath during the winter. To the OP, before iPads there were books! (Although the steam could warp them pretty nicely. I still have some that are "bath wrinkled" haha.)
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    Nov 25, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    Yes!

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    Nov 25, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    If I had someone to take baths with, then I'd take them all the time.