Tuesday, January 27, 2009

American Standard

This past weekend, while at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, I needed to use the little boys room. If you have never been to a Ritz Carlton hotel you are missing out. They are really fancy and the bathrooms are no exception. Since most of you have never been in a men's room, let me tell you about it. The walls are covered with marble and the floors are imported tile. There is usually an attendant in the men's room, keeping everything nice and tidy. There are no paper towels or any those air hand dryers. Instead they have monogrammed cloth towels to dry your hands. Then they also have perfume dispensers in case you need to freshen up your after shave. Sometimes they have a tip basket in case you want to leave one. The toilets were fancy designs made my American Standard.




Now on that same day, we went to the Worlds Largest Flea Market in Daytona. While there, I had to use the little boys room. See a pattern developing here? Anywho, when I entered it I was surprised to see an attendant there as well. The walls didn't have any marble on them but there was press and stick tile on the floors. Strangely enough they had the same toilets that were in the Ritz. (make a note, invest in American Standard toilets) Also just like at the Ritz, there were amenities available to the rest room patron. Instead of a paper towel dispenser the attendant had pulled the paper towels off the roll and folded them on the counter. And there was one of those air hand dryers but it wasn't working. There was also a bottle of old spice there in case someone wanted to freshen up their after shave. But this guy went one step further. He has placed some mints on the counter beside his tip basket. Talk about class. While I was in there, he happened to see a friend outside and not wanting to leave his post, he simply opened the door and held it open so that he could stand inside and talk out. Of course by holding the door open, he allowed everyone walking past too see in and there were lots of people walking by. I am guessing he was in training for the Ritz job but in my opinion he had a long way to go.


Oh and about the Ugly mug contest... I am not bitter for not winning. I am simply going to beat that ugly mug of mine with a sledge hammer this evening when I get home. I may even video tape the destruction. :)Unless of course someone wants it.



No more contests for me. Well unless I am sure I will win.


Have a nice day,

Greg

22 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

You own for best story. I love your post today. You are a comic! I'm sure he was in training too. LOL!!

I'm going to go check if American Standars is on the NYSE. ;-)

Chatty Kelly said...

That should say you WON for best story (on the mug).

Monogram Queen said...

Ha Haaaaa I love it! A flea market restroom with an attendant AND amenitites. What is this world coming too?!!!
Never mind the open door - !!!

I never win contests either so don't feel "too" bad!

skoots1mom said...

i'm happy to know they expecting people to wash their hands ... i'm amazed at how many times you have to mention the importance of washing b4 leaving the restroom...people seem to have short memories and then go spread themselves to others

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Maybe you could host your own contest of some kind and that could be your giveaway!!

Or you could just put it in your cabinet and every so often remember the time you went on a wild cow chase. :-)

The bathroom gig cracked me up. Who applies for that job??

Becky said...

LOL. I've never been to such a fancy flea market. The ones I visit always have johnny on the spots.

Since you actually like my mug and I actually like yours, we should just trade. ;-)

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Hmmm. American Standard stock? Guess it can't be any more "in the toilet" than the rest of my investments!

Edie said...

Hahaha!! You are too funny. When you mentioned that the attendent in the 2nd restroom placed mints next to his tip basket, I thought well that was smart. First create the temptation and then the guilt. And then he blow it by opening the door.

Sorry about you not winning the mug contest.

I was just over at Chel's blog and I just have to commend your kindness and generousity. You do too know what I'm talking about. :)

My ADHD Me said...

It reminds me of going to the state fair. The restroom has half an inch of water (I hope) on the floor. The rolls of TP are wet or soggy. No mints (haha), but there is your lady with her cup for "donations".

Oh, And I have been in a men's room...but that's another post all together.

Too bad about the contest. To make you feel better....my post tomorrow is dedicated to you!

My ADHD Me said...

Obviously CK doesn't have teenagers. her mistake on her comments was actually correct teen-omics.
If you "Own" something....you won it or did a great job. haha.

She was finally cool and didn't even realize it.*sigh*

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Sounds like one fancy Flea Market to me. Don't feel to bad, I didn't win either, but in case we play a 'Western Themed' blog game, I am keeping the cowgirl outfit.

Kim said...

SO great! I just went "home" to my blog and posted in your honor! I sent a linky too, so maybe my two readers will come over....oh, oops...sorry....you're one of them. Oh well. It's for you anyway Mr. Greg! :)

Blessings!
Kim

Marla said...

I don't think your mug was that ugly but your story was the Best! This is a great story also, our funny!

Dorothy Champagne said...

Having three girls, we make it a point to hit the restroom of most every facility that we enter. It truly is refreshing to walk into one that's been taken care of and kept up. Funny stuff!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

"Greg don't be jealous just because I've been making awesome snow angels all day." (Kip.) Do I detect some sour apples from not winning? You did have the best story. Tiny map footprints and all.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Now that is one for the books, a flea market restroom attendent! Too funny!

I am glad you're not bitter ;-)

Angie said...

My kind of bathrooms...minus the attendants... they make me horribly uncomfortable. I like privacy and they make me feel conflicted, left wondering if I should give them money or something. But honestly, would anyone eat a mint from a bathroom (besides my 8yo son of course)? lol

Sandy said...

I want to see that video of you destroying your mug!

Lori said...

You are to funny! Love the picture of the picture. LOL!

PJ said...

You're reminding me of potties in South America and the attendants who SELL the toilet paper -- by the little squares!! We Americans are very wasteful.

The Teacher said...

I once had togo REAL Bad and ran into the loo at Walmat... ugly site that I say in the Stall, caused a reverse bowl movement...and I just Drove home to go...

I wish they all could be like your experience

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