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Monday, April 05, 2010

The great urinal debate

So you know that show The Marriage Ref? It's a very polarizing show among my friends--some people like it, some people hate it--but what we can all agree on is that it's much better to watch with a group of people. The other night, we flip it on during a couple of minutes of downtime at work and we're presented with the hot topic to end all hot topics: Should a man be allowed to put a urinal in the house?

Me: "I mean ... is this even a discussion? NO. They're GROSS. They look DISGUSTING."
Guy No. 1: "I don't really see a downside."
Me: "The downside is that they're DISGUSTING."
Guy No. 2: "But they save water. And they're easier to clean."
Me: "Really? How many urinals have you cleaned?"
Guy No. 2 (after a long pause): "OK, they LOOK easier to clean."
Me: "And what about the aesthetics? I don't want my makeup and my hair things and all the rest of my stuff right next to a urinal."
Guy No. 3: "Well, I don't want that stuff near my urinal, how's that?"

It's a simple question, a stupid question, really, because who in the world is actually going to put a urinal in their house, but it ignites a three-day (yes, that's right, THREE DAYS) discussion on the topic. Every time someone walks in the room, they're greeted with the question. No hello, no how are you. Just a: "So. Would you put a urinal in your house?"

We debate the "splatter" effect. We delve into urinal etiquette. We Google the cost of a urinal vs an ordinary toilet. We talk about urinals far more than any group of educated, professional adults in America should.

Me: "Who even WANTS to pee standing up? Sometimes it's RELAXING to sit down. You ever think of that?"
Guy No. 4: "Don't worry. You'll get so used to having a urinal in our bathroom, you won't even notice it after a while."

Ha freaking ha.

(P.S. I am so glad I'm a girl.)


At 3:24 AM, Blogger MJ said...

HAHA! I find that show freaking funny, though I haven't seen this particular episode yet...

My husband wants a urinal in our dream home master bath. I'm actually ok with it. It won't be near my sink. :)

At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dreamed of having a urinal when the boys were younger. Their aim has improved, but I'd still go for a urinal if it was in a boys' bathroom.


At 8:39 AM, Blogger Monnik said...

I've never seen that show, but no. freaking. way. would I ever put a urinal in my house.

That's just wrong.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Denora said...

Not only did my friends and I dissect this particular issue in the same way as you all did, but we thought it best to have this particular discussion over dinner at a restaurant. Loud disagreement causing heads to turn and one nearby woman to wonder aloud "Are they really talking about urinals at dinner?" Classy, we are not.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Steph(anie) said...

Is it somehow better to pee in a urinal? It must be, or there would be no need to ask, right? I don't see how it could matter though, it's not like they have to touch anything, other than to flush.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Melek said...

super super gross. uggh! that's why toilets come with lids, so you can shut it and not have to see any 'remnants'...even if it is just liquid. Tell your friend that if he can find a urinal with a lid or cover, and that he'd close it, then MAAAAYBE it would be alright. but otherwise, absolutely not.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger kk said...

when my inlaws were renovating, they put a bathroom downstairs that was just for my father-in-law. and he put in a urinal.

he loves it.

it's quite the conversation piece.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I would totally do a urinal in the bathroom...it would end up being a MALE bathroom, but I would still have one. and it would be easier to clean....I think. But then, it wouldn't be MY bathroom so I wouldn't be cleaning it, the boys would have to clean it...and they don't clean anything...so it would probably stink really bad. gross.

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Cecily R said...

NnnnnnnOooooooooOoooo. Those things are disgusting. Never never never.

HAve I ever told you about the time Gracie got away from Jon at church and by the time he caught up with her she was in the men's bathroom sitting backward on a urinal with her diaper dangling off her toe? No? That's a good one...

At 9:25 PM, Blogger flea said...

umm trust me (I cleaned bathrooms and urinals for like 10 months..) they STINK and are NOT easy to keep from stinking and cleaning them is not an easy feet as you try to stand as far back as possible from the stench, in fact i'm gagging just thinking about it again..UGH sooo, so grose beyond words so i'm a big fat ass NO to having one in my house

At 11:46 AM, Blogger shopgirl said...

This is probably one of the only times that I am glad that I am single and don't have to worry about the whole toilet (seat down please!) issue. Even when my male friend comes over - he knows that top put the seat DOWN.. He even sent another guy back to the bathroom to put it down because it's is shopGIRL's house!!!

So, my verdict on the Urinal? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Had this conversation with my old boss at a lunch he'd taken us out on to celebrate accomplishing something. I don't remember what we'd accomplished, but WOW do I remember the great urinal debate. Yuck and Ugh. He also wanted a flat screen mounted above. (Again with the yuck and the ugh...)

At 7:38 PM, Blogger 5 Kids With Disabilities said...

Actually, a urinal would be great in our house. I have three guys over 6 feet tall who seem to always miss the toilet. I nice high urinal would be better. (And THEY'D have to clean it because they would be the only ones using it.)

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Bina said...

IF I still had boys/men in the house, AND they had their OWN bathroom, which THEY cleaned, I wouldn't care if there was a unrinal. But otherwise? No.


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