So there I was out to enjoy an apolitical day with the family. You see, the wife had recently threatened to ground me from Ricochet, so a family day in the city seemed the perfect way to get my mind off the elections, the economy, and the general direction of the nation. The oldest offspring wanted to visit the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the guitar player in me had no argument with the idea. The day started exactly as planned. We arrived at the ferry terminal just in time to catch the next boat an hour later since men are from Mars and women are from some planet where clocks don't work the same way. In the interest of unity I clamped my pie hole shut and read a little Ricochet on my phone while we waited.
The remainder of the trip was less stressful. The museum was delightful, and the Avatar exhibit alone was worth the trip. After we dismounted the monorail at the Westlake Mall (I know, the juxtaposition of socialist transportation against a capitalist bastion is breathtaking) we stopped to partake of the public facilities before walking the rest of the way back to the ferry. I ignored the three cans that commanded me to separate my trash into garbage, compostable material, and recyclable. However, my apolitical day was train wrecked by a urinal.
The first thing that tipped me off that my conservative sensibilities were about to be ransacked was the dead ended water pipe sticking out of the wall. Where one would normally find an example of plumbing ingenuity there was nothing but a plain, galvanized cap. Now, I'm not normally the kind of person to go around snapping photos in the john, but I was overcome by the PC, enviro-fascist printing on the porcelain. Here is what I found.
The picture is a little grainy because of the rage I was shaking with as I took it, so I'll transcribe it for you:
Waterless Eco Urinal
The crises over the shortage of potable water is occurring; this waterless urinal technology is addressing the problem. This urinal utilizes a trap with an elastomeric check valve that enable the displacement of urine into the sewer without releasing odors. The Eco Urinal Cartridge Trap uses no sealant or chemicals. It saves 100% of the water over a flush type urinal and is hygienically superior to traditional flush type urinals.
Yes, our nation is going down the toilet, but at least we can salve our souls with the knowledge that it is a waterless, flushless toilet.