A Salute!

On Friday a lightbulb went off, and I discovered something that I probably should have identified long ago.  The evidence has been staring me in the face for as long as I can remember–since I was a little girl, really.  And now, I think I can say with some authority that I have discovered the most challenging job in America.

Are you ready for it?  It will definitely surprise you, and I encourage you to do some fact-checking of your own.  We should all understand the difficulties involved and recognize the challenges involved in this job.


Installing the bathroom stalls in women’s restrooms so that the doors not only close and lock, but provide a modicum of privacy as well.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have imagined this would be so hard, but clearly it is, as I can hardly travel anywhere in this city (not mention the rest of the U.S.) where I can close the door to a public restroom stall and think, Well done!  Not only was brute force not necessary to get this door closed, but I don’t have a two-inch sliver view of the entire restroom (and I’m not giving a 2″ peep show either!)
So I salute you women’s bathroom contractors!  Clearly you are doing the best you can in an environment fraught with uncertainty.  The only advice I can offer you…maybe buy a tape measure or draw up some plans.  Or continue on with the haphazard method of old.  I trust you’ll make the right call, and I look forward to reviewing your work in future public restrooms.
Posted in jobs on 10/17/2010 09:33 pm


  1. That's too funny. I've never considered the possibility that public bathrooms could be more awkward than they currently are.

  2. I can only assume that the job entails sentences like "The doors go on the stalls not the ceiling, new kids"

  3. Fiction Chick

    The guys who build public restrooms must be the same ones who built my house. On any given day, my doors may or may not shut properly. Also – phone jack next to the toilet? Honestly? What do you think I'm doing in there?

  4. Dancing Branflake

    Ha! So true and so well said.

  5. Teenage Bride

    hahaha this is so funny becasue I was soooo thinking about this over the weekend hahaha

  6. David Cranmer

    You may have the most original post in the cyber world today. And something I never thought of.

    So I join you in saying congrats to women's bathroom contractors everywhere!

  7. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    Heh. Hat's off to proper stall door fitting.

  8. Alyssa Goodnight

    Hahaha, Fiction Chick! Maybe they thought you'd be setting up an at-home 'office' :).

    Why thank you, Dancing Branflake!

    You knew you were reading this blog for a reason, right Legend?

  9. And while we're at it, please tell those restroom architects and contractors to build fully enclosed stalls, stretching from floor to ceiling, like those that exist in many western European countries. Why do we lag so far behind?

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