Day 12 – Day 12

27 Sep

I’m not a big fan of showering in other people’s homes. There’s just too much that can go wrong. The problems are reduced if they have a guest bathroom but it’s still not the same as using your own or the one in the hotel/hostel. The owners have everything configured just the way they like it and then I show up and ruin everything. I think this is because there are too many variables to keep track of. Just off the top of my head there is:

  • Water temperature (left and right or single tap)
  • Maximum temperature (so you don’t scald yourself)
  • Pressure
  • Shower head height
  • Shower head angle (up / down)
  • Shower head angle (left / right)
  • Shower curtain orientation
  • The placement of various hygiene products in the shower
  • Original water output (tap or shower)
  • The detachable shower head (on the wall or by the tap)
  • Towel placement

When staying with friends I try to be as non-disruptive as possible. I usually do okay until I have to clean myself. After my marathon train ride / Oktoberfest / 5 km walk, I arrived at Eva’s in need of a shower. In retrospect I should have just taken a bath (but I’m sure I would have screwed that up too).

To start, I set the water pressure way to high, I had the shower curtain positioned improperly, and I changed the height of the shower head. Those three things resulted in water being sprayed on the toilet paper and all over the floor.

I pre-positioned the towel too far away so I had to step out of the shower to get it. I smashed my knee on the sink (because I got out of the tub on the wrong side of the curtain) and splashed even more water on the floor. And there was no way I was going searching for rags to clean up the water. I would have ended up using a facecloth or something.

I think I also moved her stuff around to make space for my shaving / shower gear. It’s highly unlikely that I got everything back the way it was before I arrived.

I’m pretty sure I also did some other things I’m not even aware of. I would normally propose a solution to a problem like this, however the only ones I can come up with are unthinkable (and yet somehow I am able to think of them):

  1. Stay at home
  2. Don’t shower
  3. Don’t stay with friends

One third of a three-piece bathroom.

9 Responses to “Day 12 – Day 12”

  1. Lottabot September 27, 2011 at 14:20 #

    Was there also a bathmat in the tub for you to slip on??

    • chapfu September 27, 2011 at 14:56 #

      This was hilarious. I think it should be titled “Mr. Bean has a shower”.

      Easier: don’t adjust showerhead, think of the towel ahead of time, put your stuff where their stuff isn’t.

      • Die Hard Three September 27, 2011 at 16:53 #

        The problem is that sometimes I’m taller than my host. If I left it the same height my head would never get clean. Also sometimes the shower is so small and there is so much stuff around there’s no space for my 2 liter container of Pert Plus.

    • Die Hard Three September 27, 2011 at 16:53 #

      Not this time 😉

  2. Uncle Ross September 27, 2011 at 15:44 #

    Has anyone ever told you that you sometimes “over think” some pretty mundane situations?

  3. Jesse October 1, 2011 at 18:21 #

    Solution 4. Chill.

    Funny post though.

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