First, why do we call them “rest” rooms? Or “bath” rooms? Granted, sometimes someone might take a bath or even go into one to rest a minute. But the vast majority of the time people go into these rooms to execute “Number One or Number Two”. The third most popular activity would be women adjusting their make-up, or hair. Thus the less popular term “Powder Room”. And of course there are other activities that occur in these small rooms that I won’t go into.
We used to also call them “Men’s Rooms” and “Ladies Rooms” but those terms are so horribly offensive these days you can be shot dead where you stand for mentioning them. So, out of an abundance of caution as I would not appreciate being shot dead where I stand or even if I was sitting, I’m not going there.
So, where am I going? Cleanliness of public restrooms. Restrooms at road side rest stops, at city/county/state/federal parks, at grocery stores, restaurants, airports, train stations, hot air balloon festivals, alien abductee conferences, concerts and pretty much anywhere but your own home.
All my life in Florida or along most of the eastern seaboard, I have avoided public rest rooms as they are similar in cleanliness to the county landfill, only far more gross. I once had to go so bad I tried to use one and could not determine which was the toilet and which was just a pile of…never mind. Thus, I persevere to never, ever, use a public bathroom in Florida.
Idaho? Yeah, they are famous for potatoes, and technically they are known as the Gem State, but their real claim to fame in my book are their bathrooms. I have never, ever used a public bathroom in Boise or Idaho that wasn’t three times cleaner than my own bathroom in my house! And I keep a pretty clean house. I have used bathrooms in grocery stores and parks in the city as well as small hardware stores in the mountains, public concrete “outhouses” in the desert and even in portable plastic toilets. I have never been disgusted or even mildly disturbed by any bathroom in Boise. It amazes me that they can somehow keep portable bathrooms that are a hundred miles from the local 150 person town, but Florida can’t keep a single bathroom clean anywhere in the state.
This is why in Florida I use the Sit or Squat app on my phone. At least it will point me to public facilities where no one has died in recently.
So, chalk this up to another thing I will miss from Boise. Clean public bathrooms.