Paris question for the ladies

Jan 31st, 2002, 01:51 PM
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c
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K-I unhappily remember P.E.-I had a very mannish gym teacher who would scowl at me every time I came into the room.Not that I was unco-ordinated, but shy and it was so difficult to get up in front of everybody and do something that required strength,ability and being athletic! I was the wimp that rode horses and bicycles,and read a lot.I guess that is why my thighs are ok still, it is just the balance thing
Wonder how NY would like toilets like that, you know they did the French pissoirs in the streets and people seemed to be happy with them, you know, the self flushing and cleaning ones..enough toilet talk! c
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 01:52 PM
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Oh, but what about the best toilets! In Austria there was one where the seat was up as if it were a mens room. Push a button, and ta da! Down comes the seat all covered in a paper wrap just for you. Done with business, just stand up and the toidy does the rest--paper flushes down, seat pops up, and a new paper gets attached for the next gal. Cost a coin or two, but worth every shilling.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 01:53 PM
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Oh Grasshopper, the first time I saw those toilets where there is a roll of seat cover within the machinery I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was an automated one, it went automatically after I had flushed!

I prefer those toilets where they offer toilet seat covers too, though I sometimes find they have not been refilled.

But it always pays for a lady to be able to squat if she needs to.

Though I came across a site "teaching" women the technique to pee stnading up, like a man. I have to admit I didn't take the lessons!!!
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:01 PM
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This reminds me of an old joke, which some of you may have heard before...

God has been giving abilities to both Adam and Eve. Everything on the list has been taken care of with just two items remaining -- one for each person -- and, for these final two, God decides to ask who wants what: "OK guys, listen up; I've got just two items left. Who wants the ability to pee while standing up?"

Adam immediately jumps up. "Oh man, I would LOVE that!! That would be SO cool. Can I have that? Please! PLEASE!"

"Done," says God. "OK, now that leaves multiple orgasms..."

:~)
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:02 PM
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A related question. Why are the toilet seats in Europe round? Or, to sound less imperialistic, why are the seats in the US oval? In my experience bottoms are generally the same shape across national borders. I would think the oval fit better but that is just my opinion.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:10 PM
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Capo-Good One! at least that explains why~

I thought all toilet seats started out round but an American designer thought elongated was cool...I on the other hand think they look a little too alien,like another Poltergeist scene where the toilet will talk or something-this all has come about in my mind since we have started shopping for stuff for the new bathroom we will be doing...toilets and bathrooms on my mind too much-gotta get back to chocolate!
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:14 PM
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thank goodness for the pay toilets on the streets of Paris!! I remember in the early 60s in the US, there was a move to have female urinals. I only came upon one once, but it had me totally stumped - face it, back up, sit, squat...I left it unused.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:21 PM
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The Japanese have mastered the toilet, as far as I am concerned. I was in a convention center where the paper/plastic changed on the seat automatically, the seat was HEATED, and there was a button to press that made bird sounds to cover the indelicate sounds that you might be making. Of course, they also have the feet toilet in many places as well.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:29 PM
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Ahhh the heated toilet seat in Japan..my son is there and told me that he wants one! He says that heating his apt is so expensive that it is really chilly in the night and early am, so it would be a pleasure to use a warm heated toilet..I have visions of being electrocuted on one sometimes this imagination of mine-
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:32 PM
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When I was in Italy, I figured out that if you were directed up a flight of staris to get to the toilet, it was going to be a regular toilet. If they directed you down a flight of stairs, it was going to be a hole in the ground. One in a coffee shop in Italy had a lovely room with a porcelain trim around the hole. I still passed on it. Remember, up = good; down = bad.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:33 PM
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I think those pay toilets on the streets of Paris are brilliant, and civilized.

I believe the company that makes them is JC Decaux, a French-based company. JC Decaux made 20 public toilets for San Francisco. See:
http://www.nrca.net/programs/convent.../infokiosk.asp

As the website notes, these public toilets the toilets are subsidized by about 80 advertising kiosks, which resemble the public toilets.

Interestingly, unlike San Francisco (or Paris) the city of Seattle has seemed incapable of installing similar public toilets. Local "leaders" have been debating this issue for nearly ten years now and only recently came to an agreement to install a whopping *five* public toilets, only three of them in the downtown area.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/...oilets11.shtml
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:36 PM
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Capo, I believe those are the ones in NY.Never used one, I dislike toilets that have doors that open automatically, suffering great anxiety that the doors will malfunction and slam open right in the middle of ~ but I do know they clean themselves after each person leaves..which also discourages homeless sleepers.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:38 PM
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A friend of mine got a terrible rash when she used a McDonald's bathroom in Florence. My boyfriend asked "what did she do? Sit on a Big Mac?"
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 02:43 PM
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This is more history- than travel-related, but just imagine how the practical problems would be multiplied while wearing 5 or 6 layers of long skirts, petticoats, bloomers, corsets, stays, hoops, etc.
I read somewhere that throughout much of Western history, the BIG BIG skirts worn by women afforded them the opportunity to relieve themselves surreptitiously while outdoors. Their bloomers had no crotch like modern panties, so they could stand motionless, spread their legs slightly, pee straight down, then gracefully lift the skirts and walk away, with no one the wiser.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 05:26 PM
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Speaking of toilets in Japan, you have to see one of their "shower toilets." Not only do these toilets have heated seats, they have buttons that allow you to direct a stream of warm water to several strategic positions of your anatomy while seated to clean yourself. Sort of a modern version of the bidet.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 05:33 PM
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These toilets are getting too smart for me! What will they do next????
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 05:34 PM
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Speaking of victorina time & earlier, I've always wandered how women used to cope when it was ...ummm, 'that time of the month' before all those essential & discrete 'feminine hygiene' products were freely available???
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 05:41 PM
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They used cloth..washed it and folded it just so and wore it tied on themselves.Aren't we all glad we don't live back then.
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 05:48 PM
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Other than having physical difficulties using these (i.e. weak quads), I haven't heard much from the women who refuse to use these about WHY they won't. Is it just about being relatively high maintenance, and refusing on principle, or being put off by something unfamiliar? I'm curious. (and a woman
 
Jan 31st, 2002, 06:01 PM
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Mary, here I though you were all talking about women standing straight up and trying to aim their "stream" into a little hole in the ground. If you all don't like these toilets, you would not be able to travel to China or Nepal, because there are usually nothing but "squat" toilets. And yes, like the above poster stated, you "flush" by ladling water from a bucket over the "waste" until it flows down the drain. This goes for men as well as women.
 

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