17 Feb 2011
Last week I was in Spain courtesy of the Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain (ASCER), a group who promote the general and common interests of the ceramic industry. While I was there, I saw some stuff. Why I’m telling you, I’m not sure.[Scene: tapas bar - Valencia, Spain]
Me: (thinking to myself) I wonder why all the dudes seem to be going into the bathroom so often. What’s in there? Well, this is Europe, maybe there’s an espresso bar in there or something? Hhmmm, look at that guy … that’s like the 3rd time he’s gone in there! OK, that does it, I gotta find out whats going on. I’m going in![entering men's toilet room]
Me: (thinking to myself) Good Lord! Look at those urinals! OMG OMG OMG!! Are those wings? Those are totally wings. Why are there wings? Is it supposed to look like that? I mean, of course it’s supposed to look like that but did they mean for it to look like … (looking around and whispering to myself) … a labia!? I think I might be embarrassed if other dudes saw me sliding up to that and putting my crotch in there. That is totally a lady part. How could quality control miss something like that? Maybe that’s the point, I mean, if you’re going to open your pants up and slide all up on a urinal I suppose this is a pretty good shape.
(takes a step back and tilts head to one side, squinting eyes) it seems kind of big ….
So I return to the bar and I ask a local person about the urinal:
Me: Hey, what’s up? So have you seen the urinal’s? I mean, I know you have, I’ve seen you go into the toilet room like 3 times already.
Me: I mean, not that I’m watching you or anything. See, I’m an architect and we tend to be pretty observant.
Spaniard: Who are you again?
Me: So, the toilet room. You know … the urinals. (knowing wink). Right?
Spaniard: Yes, I’ve used the urinals here. Why are you talking to me?
Me: I’ve seen them too and I get it. (whispering) I know what it is. That’s right – I know stuff. I’m observant so the joke isn’t on me.
Spaniard: I have no idea what you are talking about.
Me: You know … the urinals. Ha! I mean, yeah, uhmm, because they look … like … phfrrttt! C’mon! You going to make me say it?
Spaniard: (puzzled look)
Me: (leaning in, raised eyebrows, hopeful face)
Spaniard: (leaning back, cautious face)
Me: Seriously!? (whispering) I know why you use the urinals here…
Me: Yeah, it’s because the urinals look like … that part down (waving hand in circular motion around vicinity of crotch). Shaazowww! Lady parts!
Me: You use the urinals a lot because? …….. because???
Spaniard: Because I drink a lot? Is that what you are trying to say?
Me: Tooootally what I was trying to say. Totally.
So if you want some lady-parts shaped urinals for your next project, these were made by Roca. Despite how I amused myself, as far as urinals go these were really, really nice. Or is it just me?