My Top 10 Tinkles – A Series
Until I was 33, I avoided public bathrooms. My phobia bordered on the pathological. While my eyeballs floated in my head, I would drive past interstate exits, leave restaurants with my legs crossed, walk blocks and blocks to a familiar throne in an unfamiliar place, and refuse to use a perfectly good piece of dirt in the wild. Known toilets were always better than strange ones.
Yesterday, MTM and I made a pilgrimage to put another notch in our libation belt. While in New York, we visited the #6 rooftop bar in the world according to Yahoo Travel: The Press Lounge at Ink 48 Hotel. It’s our third rooftop bar of the highlighted ten. Coincidentally, we also visited at #1 and #7 before we knew about the list. To read all about those places, click here.
A public toilet is a necessary by-product of finding a decent bar. I left the swirling breezes of Manhattan, the majestic view up the Hudson River and the masculine strutting of Midtown to find the designated place to tinkle. Our server directed me to a dimly lit stair that rose into a murky tunnel, where I found the doors marked WC. After groping for a light for a couple of minutes, I sighed and did what I came to do in the semi-darkness. The architects clearly didn’t think decent lighting was required, since it would highlight the unfortunate finishes they selected.
I came back into the sunshine fired up. Why do these places ALWAYS have horrible bathrooms??? MTM had to know the answer, because he is architecturally inclined. Instead, he gaped at me, speechless, while our server lurked near our table, her look calculating whether it was time to cut me off. I mean, there was that one bar where the bathroom was amazing. I wanted to take my drink in there and stay, sit on the toilet and stare at the view. And then, there was that hotel one, you remember? The big surprise?
I didn’t stop until I had listed my top ten tinkles in public or semi-public places. Restaurants. Bars. Hotel rooms. A couple of highly unconventional potties made the cut, merely because they came along at the right moment. My series in upcoming days will highlight each tinkle from Number 10 to Number 1. I hope you will find a new spot for that necessary moment, Dear Reader.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for my endorsement of the facilities in this list. The opinions are my own and were not influenced by any promised remuneration or bartered value.