Tuesday, August 30, 2011


In Galena, Illinois! Thanks, Maureen!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Boondocks - Williams, IA

I recently had the exciting opportunity to switch drivers near Williams, Iowa, on my way to a wedding. We pulled over at the Boondocks Truck Haven Cafe on Interstate 35. My first clue that we had chosen a gem was the rusty VW Beetle parked in the garden with grass growing out of the top. The second clue was the smell of delicious chili wafting from the cafe, overpowering even the staple Iowa manure odor.

Inside the truck stop, the women's room is helpfully marked as "around the corner." The bathroom is a bit cramped with some awkward angles. I suspect the ladies' latrine was built as an afterthought - perhaps the contractor forgot that sometimes women come to truck stops, too. There are two shower stalls, in case you've been hauling for a few days and need to rinse the road grime off ya. As un-handicap accessible as the bathroom is, there is one handicap stall and one normal stall. I chose the normal side, and immediately wished I hadn't because my knees hit the door when I sat down. This stall is not for the long-legged nor the wide-waisted. But I did have a bit of good luck - there was a live cricket in the bathroom, which made for some lovely natural white noise. The single-ply paper was unsurprising, but it did the job. I was also disappointed at the lack of offensive vandalism which always makes for good reading. Hopefully there's more of that in the men's room. I guess lady truckers have cleaner minds and are less inclined to deface private property.

Spacious it is not, but for a truck stop in the middle of Iowa, the Boondocks provides a sanitary (enough) latrine for when you tire of relieving yourself into empty Mountain Dew bottles.

Rating: 6/10

Who knew there were so many rules?

I had a thought while browsing the web this past week. We run this site as women and have very little knowledge to offer our male readers in regards to proper bathroom etiquette.

After doing a little digging, I stumbled upon this fantastic site. It answer all of your men's room questions, and then some! It also makes me wish even more that I could pee standing up. How cool would that be...

The International Center for Bathroom Etiquitte

Thursday, August 25, 2011


This magic spray is a permanent fixture in the restroom at my work place. Just spritz a modest portion into the bowl before you get to work and no smell will be detected other than a lemon freshness. I can tell you from EXTENSIVE personal experience that this wonder-spray works! The bottle is small enough that you could even carry it along in your purse for public evacuations.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Boston Understands!

Understands just how important it is to equip its city dwellers with such useful information as to where they can locate a clean toilet, that is!

Check out this article!

Asian Innovation

The following experience was submitted by a world traveler and faithful reader. She came upon this restroom while at an airport in Japan. Thanks, Maureen!

Helpful visual aid portraying the abilities of the toilet:

Interactive arm rest with a delightful selection of high-tech novelties:

"The overall experience of this restroom in Japan was quite lovely for an industrial high-traffic area. Not only does the toilet do its job, but it creates a spa-like experience with heated seat, cleansing options, and an opportunity to use an electronic flushing sound if needed. I would recommend using any bathroom with these signs, even if you don't need to go..."

I don't know about you, but the "Electronic Flushing Sound" feature sounds incredibly useful for masking unsavory flatulence. Well done, Japan! I knew all of the brilliant engineers populating you were bound to create some real magic.

Rating: 9/10

Lucy's Pick: Mellow Mushroom - Denver, CO

I'd like to share with you one of my favorite abodes in Denver. The Mellow Mushroom (located on the 16th Street Mall at Lawrence) provides immaculate and futuristic accommodations for when the mood strikes.

I was recently there with a couple friends for some late-night pickle vodka shots (seriously, not as bad as it sounds). The overall ambiance is a little trippy, maybe a tad too Jerry Garcia for my taste. However, as soon as that pickle vodka and goat cheese pepperoni pizza goes through your gut, you're going to be looking for a place to void.

The latrines are encased in a metallic room which shines with sanitation. I was initially impressed with the cleanliness and emptiness of the restroom, but then again, I was there on a Tuesday night when there weren't more than three female patrons to begin with. However, the scarcity of fellow pee-ers was maybe what appealed to me the most. Minimal echo, copious TP, and (the best part of all!) a Dyson AirBlade hand dryer made for one helluva latrine. I WISH I'd had to go #2 - what a treat that would have been!!

Check out their website here.

Rating: 9.5/10

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