It seems like the most basic of needs is getting harder and harder to take care of as we go out and about. Most businesses won't allow you to use their restroom unless your a customer, or an employee.
I remember one vacation to Boston where I was literally bursting between the subway station and Quincy Market.
And lets face it, you can do all the planning in the world, IE, going before you leave the house, but mother nature's plans are going to trump yours every time.
So how do you deal with this ever growing challenge of having to go when there's nowhere to go?
Nate--I am from the Boston area, and I know that things didn't get much better at Quincy Market And how about Harvard Square!
Many states have a law that require public restrooms in certain places, but Massachusetts law is pretty sketchy. Good luck getting the law changed.
Definitely agreed on Mass law being sketchy. I find it ironic that the Revolutionary War basically began here, a war that started as a result of the British government being oppressive and unreliable, only to end in an environment that's basically the same thing.
Excepting for where panhandlers are a major issue, I have not run into this problem.
When I face a problem such as the one you describe, I blame it on Obama. It doesn't solve anything of course, but I feel like less of a loser myself.
In many countries paid toilets are the answer, I am sure in Boston they will become a taxpayer paid toilets, if they adapt the solution.
Well when I use to live in Vermont, the roads are so rural with woods it was simple, you went on the side of the road!
However here in the city of Orlando that is not recommended. So you do whatever you have to. I have been known to use an empty soda bottle in the back seat of my car.
However that does not work well. No matter what you do the angle is so bad, once you try to get that puppy back in your pants a little spurt always comes out to surprise you.
I do feel sorry for the homeless people though. Especially in these hard economic times.
I've recently found out just how easy it is to end up homeless. It sure doesn't take much.
My son's college graduation was in Boston (which meant we'd be spending the whole day there; this was 2003). I thought I'd planned and planned and was careful about how much coffee I had before we left. No good.
We thought we'd go into Dunkin Donuts, get a coffee, and "freshen up", but they didn't even let customers use the restrooms. (Where I live - in the suburbs - nobody cares who uses the restroom; and for the most part, nobody wrecks the restrooms.)
You pretty much can't prevent the need for a restroom. I had to try to figure out when it was he'd be going up to pick up his degree, and it was a whole "horror show" that involved tons and tons of stairs (or else an elevator) somewhere far from where the graduation ceremony was. I just made it back in time to see him get his diploma (and I felt like a horrible person for even taking that chance!). At the reception afterward there were porta-potties with huge, huge, lines (so who could be bothered....). Basically, my big memory of the day my son graduated college involved needing a restroom from morning 'til late afternoon, and never being able to find one. (Somehow, with the cost of tuition being what it is, it seemed parents ought to have access to restrooms on graduation day. )
Five hours after the above post: Wow. Aren't computers and the Internet just the darnedest, and most amazing, things. . After years of never putting the whole graduation-day/restroom situation in writing (or even really talking about it), I post the above thing and almost immediately start getting e.mails about "having trouble finding public restrooms" and "no toilets around?"
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