Friday, April 6, 2018

Anal Retentive / Anal Retentivo

La versión inglés está antes de la versión español.

NO, THE FIRST photo is not a reason for anal retention. That's a photo of the restaurant where we had a very pleasant lunch in Málaga Thursday before visiting a fascinating museum (more on the museum tomorrow). The second photo is a reason, for me at least, to be anal retentive. It's not uncommon in these old buildings with old plumbing, but I don't think I'll ever get used to the idea. Nor will I ever do more than pee — not that I ever use public toilets for anything other than that anyway. Who's anal retentive?!?

NO, LA PRIMERA foto no es motivo de retención anal. Esa es una foto del restaurante donde tuvimos un almuerzo muy agradable en Málaga el jueves antes de visitar un fascinante museo (más sobre el museo mañana). La segunda foto es una razón, al menos para mí, para ser anal-retentivo. No es raro en estos edificios viejos con plomería vieja, pero no creo que alguna vez me acostumbré a la idea. Ni volveré a hacer más que hacer pis — no es que alguna vez use los baños públicos para otra cosa que no sea de todos modos. ¿Quién es anal retentivo?!?



And after the museum,
we found another charming place for coffee and dessert. Superb coffee, exquisite carrot cake, and more old plumbing.

Y después del museo,
encontramos otro lugar encantador para tomar un café y un postre. Excelente café, exquisito pastel de zanahoria, y más plomería vieja.



PLEASE, DO NOT THROW PAPERS IN THE TOILET. USE THE WASTE-PAPER BASKET.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

34 comments:

  1. Count me in on that one. Icky! Ran into a few of those signs in Greece. The only squat (Turkish) toilet I have encountered was in Florence - I suddenly didn't need to go right now.

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    1. Travel:
      Yeah, squat toilet equals constipation.

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  2. Oh my! Now THAT would get a little getting to used to. Plumbing infrastructure is in need of an overhaul if you ask me.
    But now to more pleasant things.....like that carrot cake and coffee!!

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    1. Jim:
      The coffee in that place (Tejeringo's Coffee) might be the best tasting I've had. And that carrot cake was a huge surprise.

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  3. I ran into that problem in Tijuana, once. I didn't notice the sign until after relieving myself of a couple of margaritas. I only pee in public, but being female, it was still problematic. Wet toilet paper in the trash or air dry? I laid off of drinking for the rest of the day.

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    1. Deedles:
      It's something I just can't get used to. But most people take it in stride.

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  4. I like the happy little TP roll! and the carrot cake!

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    1. anne marie:
      I thought the sign was cute and made it clear what kind of paper they were talking about. And the carrot cake!

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  5. I could write a book about public toilets...so I'll just say "no comment".

    Curious: just what is your caloric intake?

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    1. Frank:
      I have no idea what my caloric intake is, which tells you that I've never needed to worry about it. I was a skinny (SKINNY) kid, skinny adolescent, and skinny young adult. If I notice my waistline getting thicker, it's easy for me to immediately lose it. I had a personal trainer in San Diego who, when I told her I was frustrated that I was losing too much weight with all my exercise and healthy eating routines, opened her desk drawer and handed me a jumbo Snickers bar and said, "Eat this." She figured I needed 3,500 calories a day simply to maintain my weight.

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  6. And NO, I don't mean cruising public toilets!!!!!

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    1. Frank:
      Thanks for the clarification! I believe you.

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  7. I suppose this means I have been living in Belize too long because that seems normal to me. At our house, as in 99% of all toilets in Belize, there is a waste paper basket for the used bathroom tissue. And we are perfectly fine with it. In our master bathroom, the container has a motion activated lid, so you don't have to touch, see, or smell anything. Not sure what the difference is between dropping the paper in the basket vs dropping it in the toilet that folks are finding problematic.

    That is a lovely cafe.

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    1. Wilma:
      You haven't been there too long, just long enough to adjust healthily to different ways. Unfortunately, I was in one restaurant where the stench was so awful when I entered the men's room that I had to back out and get the manager. But, I grew up in a household that referred to the bathroom as the office. Try telling my parents about stomach virus symptoms! Oh, the euphemisms.

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  8. Oh, my! Even in the outhouse-like bathrooms you see in U.S. public parks, you're still allowed to throw the paper into that thing you sit on.

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    1. Kirk:
      I don't find it a pleasant idea... and hope I am never so desperate.

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  9. That is one ick factor of places with old plumbing, that is for sure. You see it in a lot of seaside places too where the sewer goes into the sea (yuck again!)

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Some people think nothing of it. I just can't... at this point in my life.

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    1. Debra:
      It no longer shocks me, but still... I'm out of those toilets in two shakes!

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  11. WHAT!!!!!!! There must be some kind of plumbing issue with it being dated....or people are using to much and causing clogs. But the desserts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. mistress maddie:
      Yes, let's just think about the desserts. Jerry had chocolate cake that even he thought was delicious (and he makes the best chocolate cake in the world).

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  12. Lovely building and cafe. The coffee and desert looked lovely.

    The toilets in Japan, were wonderful and super clean even at the roadside stops.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Parsnip:
      Roadside toilets I've seen here have also been super clean. But the toilets in the old town centers can be... well... old. At least these were immaculate.

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  13. I just love that photo with all of those colors together on the buildings. The deep, rich red added in is wonderful.

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    1. Judy:
      Those red buntings are left over from Semana Santa.

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  14. When we bought our house (15 years ago), the fixture in the wc did not include a water tank. There was a little tube that ran water into the bowl when you pulled on a black handle, not unlike the handle on a one-armed bandit, if you know what I mean. That little stream of water did absolutely nothing. Ken used to say that, after going, one had to wipe one's ass, then wipe the toilet's ass. Not fun. We replaced that very quickly. I won't go into where the waste went after flushing, but we've since fixed that, too.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      You are tough guys! I couldn't have done it.

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    2. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

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  15. I remember a few years ago the local parish posting a notice in the church bulletin. They were bewildered to discover people were putting used TP in the garbage pails not down the loo. They were bewildered and vexed at this apparent novel matter.

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    1. Spo:
      Must have been visitors from Spain... or France... or any other old place.

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    2. I think the folks doing so were from south of the border, where plumbing has similar concerns.

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