Thursday, November 09, 2006

points to ponder

If I go to a public restroom and just use a stand-up urinal with no hand-level splashback, should I wash my hands?
We'll assume I didn't just pee on my hand. I just touched a part of my body that got its share -- some might say even more than its share -- of cleaning in the shower this morning.
Aren't the tap handles or paper towel crank likely to be dirtier than my hand at this point?
I just ask the questions, I leave the answers to you.

9 Comments:

At Thu Nov 09, 06:02:00 PM PST, Anonymous si said...

YES, you should! crank the paper towel out first, then wash your hands and dry them. and then use that paper towel, crank out another paper towel to hold while opening the door. because heaven knows who may have had thots like you and DIDN'T wash their hands...

 
At Thu Nov 09, 06:35:00 PM PST, Anonymous Annette said...

First, let me say...eewe! Second, what have you touched (other than your own very clean body) since your shower this morning? Cell phone? Key board? Car keys? Steering wheel? Your nose? Seems like a perfect opportunity to wash away some of those tagalong germs, don't you think?

 
At Thu Nov 09, 07:17:00 PM PST, Blogger unca said...

My dad used to tell the joke about the guy from New York University and the guy from Harvard. Both had just used the urinal but only the guy from Harvard washed his hands. "Don't they teach you to wash your hands at NYU?" said the Harvard guy. The non-washer responds: "At NYU they teach us not to pee on our hands."

 
At Thu Nov 09, 08:18:00 PM PST, Blogger Kylee said...

Yeah but you opened the door right to go in the restroom right? Thats dirty too...if you go in a public place I would wash my hands anytime any chance I got regardless and use a towel or something to turn off the water and open the door again...just my thoughts..

 
At Fri Nov 10, 09:12:00 AM PST, Blogger blogball said...

I remeber that joke too Unca. Thanks for sharing that.

Maybe this is like voting. You wash your hands out of respect for the process even when you know it won’t matter.

 
At Fri Nov 10, 06:07:00 PM PST, Blogger Alan said...

I heard the same joke decades ago, except it was sailors and marines. Marines were the non-handwashers.

 
At Fri Nov 10, 08:13:00 PM PST, Blogger carrie said...

I am a huge supporter of avoiding the public restroon at all costs, but if you must . . . wash your hands for god's sake!!!!

I just posted about the joys of public bathrooms too! ;)

Carrie

 
At Sat Nov 11, 02:17:00 PM PST, Blogger SoozeSchmooze said...

hummmm perhaps I am assuming here but it seems like the boy side/thought is a bit indifferent as far as hand washing,whereas the girl side is horrified and grossed out by the thought of all the germs...interesting case for Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus....but as a nurse...I say wash wash wash...and in between wash again...not sure that is scientific enough for Bryan though
...the guy who likes to be convinced!!!

 
At Tue Nov 14, 12:28:00 PM PST, Blogger bryan torre said...

okay, fine, i'll continue to wash my hands.
just thot for a minute i might be able to save myself some time.

what about the idea that washing too much creates super-bacteria and removes the natural oils or enzymes or something that protects you against bacteria? or was that just a rumor propagated by the Vagrant Lobby?

 

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