... Omaha needs the water.
Somebody was likely to repeat this ancient joke any time you headed to Grandma's old-fashioned bathroom during my childhood. I believed it was a joke until I began reading Rose George's entertaining and mind-blowing new book, The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters. Holy crap, Batman! Sanitation ain't nearly as smooth an operation as you hoped even in our allegedly civilized nation. And talk about your crumbling infrastructure!!!
After laughing through the chapter on the high-tech world of Japanese toilets I needed first hand experience. Most Americans are disinterested in toilets that "think". We figure this isn't a product that needs bells and whistles. We just want the lowest-priced model from Home Depot. That's why I've never given my Sims game households the high-priced upgrades. Would a Sim be happier, healthier, and on a faster career track with the $1200 Flush Force 5XLT ?
So far I have only anecdotal information about my Sims, Bertha and Fiord. I've upgraded their potties. They spend more time in the bathroom due to the heated toilet seats.
Heated seats would not be a good option for the preschool children. They already spend a lot of time in the potties. Their idea of a sanitation upgrade is having a colorful poster of alphabet animals on the restroom wall and better karaoke accoustics.
© 2009 Nancy L. Ruder