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July 16, 2006

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Also, once you've learnt to look at things from other people's perspective, things just click into place in general, not just the task that you may be focusing on at the time. As if someone turned the lights on so to speak.

Your toilet seat antics reminded me of a group here in Australia called "The Chaser" who decided to see how the different stores reacted to someone shopping with a stocking over their head. Humorous to say the least.

Knowing how much you like to travel, you might want to join these organizations so you can attend their Worldwide conferences. Regarding your earlier article about being inappropriate, # 6 on their list qualifies you for a gold star for the day!

http://www.worldtoilet.org/hp/wto_hp.htm

Excerpt from their DID YOU KNOW PAGE...

1. An average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year. About 6-8 times a day.
You spend about 3 years of your life in the toilet.

2. Poor toilet condition is a worldwide problem. More than half of the world population have no proper sanitation.

3. Suppression of urination due to dirty toilets can lead to kidney and bladder diseases.
In order to avoid visting public toilets, Some people refrain from drinking and suffer dehydration.

4. Most toilets are designed incorrectly.

5. Female takes 3 times longer than male, yet both toilet sizes are often same.

6. Toilet remains as a 'taboo' as people are shy to discuss the subject.

7. There are toilet associations worldwide promoting toilet education and culture.

Given the heartache bad software has caused me in the past, I think far greater discomfort is called for!

In 1985, the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors did a poll of the use of outdoor recreation resources: National Parks, city parks, Wild and Scenic Rivers, state parks, golf courses, other public lands, swimming pools, amusement parks, sports arenas, etc., etc., etc. The number one consideration for whether people would go to a site was whether there were suitable, clean toilets. There are famous stories about the opening of Disneyland, and Walt Disney's obsession with providing clean toilets, in several sources of quality business.

By the way, the top recreational destination in 1985? The couch, to watch television. The poll didn't make the link, but home television watchers generally have a toilet close by that is clean, to their satisfaction.

The last time you visited a sports arena, did you get the idea that anyone was paying attention?

I'm not sure which scares me most...

Your obsession with converting even a trival "hunnee doo" task into a VC test?

Or...

The fact that you are essentially a Software Geek masquerading in overalls and attempting to use Hardware hand tools?

Which beckons the question...

How long does it take Rick Segal to change a toilet seat?
No one knows. He's still using it as research material for his blog!

Remember, Rick, when you go to put the toilet seat back on... All screw threads are like blog threads. They are designed to be universal. Just because it doesn't seem to fit doesn't mean you shouldn't try twisting the subject matter a little bit harder.

Living with a house full of women, I hope you managed to get the right toilet seat. Surprises of that kind do not bring joy to the face of females.

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