I invested the very first 2 weeks of my quarantine shitting in a portapotty in the parking lot of my structure. It wasn’t terrific– however hey, a minimum of it was constantly stocked with hand sanitizer.
The contractors I ‘d hired to remodel my bathroom were not so excellent on timeliness or communication before the pandemic begun. And it only got worse from there. I drove 300 miles in late March where I could at least be with my pregnant better half, and where at least I might shit inside your home.
I returned house the other day to find that the restroom still wasn’t ended up (though a minimum of I might shower and shit now). Disappointed, I started to unload my things, and ended up listening to this new NPR Short Wave podcast, which strangely made me feel much better. It traces the history of indoor pipes– consisting of the uphill struggle of trying to get individuals to comprehend that no, really, a central sewer system will be better for your sanitation, and you should not fret about the shit from other individuals’ shit contaminating your house. It goes on to describe how things such as porcelain/tiling and first-floor “powder rooms” in fact served utilitarian functions, making it easier for individuals to distance themselves from possible disease carriers, or clean things off after hosting guests with unsure case histories.
To be clear, I’m unsure why this made me feel better about my discouraging restroom contracting experience. Or the deadly virus that continues to rage simply outside my doors. However it did. Or at least, I got me thinking about what other sort of weird developments will be left in the long-term after this specific crisis finally ends. That, and I’m glad that my restroom is primarily tile now.
How Transmittable Illness Formed American Bathroom Design[Short Wave / NPR]
How Transmittable Disease Defined the American Restroom[Elizabeth Yuko / CityLab]
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