I spent the first 2 weeks of my quarantine shitting in a portapotty in the car park of my building. It wasn’t terrific– but hey, a minimum of it was always equipped with hand sanitizer.
The contractors I ‘d hired to refurbish my bathroom were not so excellent on timeliness or communication before the pandemic started. And it just got worse from there. So I drove 300 miles in late March where I might a minimum of be with my pregnant spouse, and where at least I might shit inside your home.
I returned house recently to find that the bathroom still wasn’t finished (however a minimum of I could shower and shit now). Disappointed, I began to unload my things, and wound up listening to this brand-new NPR Short Wave podcast, which oddly made me feel much better. It traces the history of indoor plumbing– consisting of the uphill struggle of trying to get individuals to comprehend that no, in fact, a central sewage system will be better for your sanitation, and you shouldn’t stress over the shit from other individuals’ shit infecting your house. It goes on to explain how things such as porcelain/tiling and first-floor “powder rooms” in fact served practical purposes, making it easier for people to distance themselves from possible illness providers, or tidy things off after hosting visitors with unsure medical histories.
Or at least, I got me thinking about what other kind of unusual developments will be left behind in the long-lasting after this particular crisis lastly ends. That, and I’m thankful that my restroom is mostly tile now.
How Infectious Illness Formed American Bathroom Style[Short Wave / NPR]
How Contagious Illness Defined the American Restroom[Elizabeth Yuko / CityLab]
Image: Public Domain through Pixnio
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