I am posting this blog both 6 days late and 1 day early because I was out of town at a conference and forgot all my word (documents). This was originally intended to be published on 07/11 day, which may or may not have been amazon prime day? Anywho, enjoy the read.
Celebrate today by supporting your local 7-Eleven and using a public restroom.
Today is 07/11. Actually, it’s 7/11/17, which is a palindromic date (more on this later).
Every year on this day, I celebrate by going to the nearest 7-Eleven and using the restroom.
I don’t actually do this, but wouldn’t it be cool if I did?
7-Eleven’s typically have public restrooms. I guess they don’t always, because who monitors the public restroom situation in the world? Probably nobody. That’s why it’s up to me and my trusty wife to do so.
We started this activity when we were only boyfriend/girlfriend, and I had a thesis to write. The thesis required original research. Original research required original thought. And most of my thoughts when I’m out in public involve restrooms.
It all started back in the day. I used to drive around mapping utilities, and knowing where the closest restroom was could save precious minutes/hours/days. So, knowing where the restrooms are is a thing for me when moving through public spaces or at a friend’s house.
This week I’m in San Diego. There are a lot of hotels in San Diego. A lot of these hotels are the big breezy Oceanside hotels that have large anonymous lobbies. Large anonymous lobbies means that it’s easy to walk in off the street and find a restroom. There are always restrooms in hotels. Small hotels have them near the breakfast area, and/or the pool fitness room area. If none of these things exist, then they are near the reception area. Large hotels are pretty similar, except the restrooms are usually near the dining areas, and conference room areas. I’m sure there are some near the pool fitness room area, but sometimes these are not on the lobby floor so who cares.
Even if you’re staying at a hotel, it can still be useful to know where the public restrooms are. Why? Because if you’re sharing a room with someone, it might be useful to be able to duck out and take care of business while the other person is showering or something. Or, if you just want to be polite. Hotel rooms are intimate (by intimate I mean small and not anonymous).
As I wrote earlier, 7/11/17 is a palindromic date. That means that it’s the same date when written forwards or backwards, as long as you omit the leading zero (7 vs. 07) in the month column, and don’t live in Canada (or any other country that writes the day before the month in date formats). The next time this will happen is in approximately 100 years, so enjoy today while it lasts.