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Toilet Etiquette Quandary

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I’ve spoken before about the awful flushing habits (or rather non-habits) of some of the galoots that I share office space with but now I am curious about something: what is the proper etiquette for disposing of the toilet seat protector ?

Now, I don’t use one. My ancestors felt it was ok to put their ass on the same piece of plastic as the previous person and they seemed to to survive, plus those things are shiny – how do you stop yourself falling off the seat? Anyway, a lot of people do use them and there seems to be three strategies:

  1. Leave it on the seat for me to enjoy when I come in after them
  2. Flush the toilet and then put the seat cover in the lavatory and leave it there for me to see
  3. Flush the cover with whatever else needed to be disposed of

I’m no Emily Post but I’m pretty sure option 3 is the way to go, but I would say number 2 (if you pardon the pun that you had to know was coming) is more prevalent, and option 1 happens way more than it should (i.e more than zero).

So if you use a seat cover, what do you do with it? And why?

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April 12th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

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Pondering My Mobile Strategy

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I’ve been an iPhone user now for 2 and some years, totally loved the experience for the most part and I certainly don’t think I could give up the “internet anywhere” that I have gotten used too. However I have been thinking about switching from the iPhone for a couple of reasons:

  • AT&T sucks, on the train from New Orleans to Palm Springs, coverage was poor to zero even when others had service on other carriers
  • Apple’s increasing strategy of closing down their devices to just the things that they want me to do; I just don’t like that

Now, today in the iPhone OS4.0 grand reveal we learned that the Big New Thing, multitasking, will be out soon but not for the 3G version of the iPhone that I have so this seals the deal: time for a new phone.

I’ve had my eye on Android devices for a long time, Android 2.1 sure looks pretty and the app store is growing, and no one censors what I can or cannot buy (I’d love to see Apple approve the Mini Opera app, for instance). I know a couple of people who love the Droid and today’s rumour that the HTC Incredible is coming to Verizon sure looks promising.

But then there will be a new iPhone announced in June, maybe we’ll see the long awaited “extra carrier” (I’m assuming it will be T-Mobile) which could keep me the phone I like and still ditch the carrier I don’t.

The gadget buyer in me wants me to get something now but I know whatever I do I’ll regret it in a month. But then again, if I wait until June I’ll still probably regret it in a month then, too.

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April 8th, 2010 at 11:42 am

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