The modern world moves in strange ways.
Paris and Berlin have a common problem. Men peeing in the streets. Big time! The ladies not at all.
Arrests, fines, etc. have not solved the problem.
Paris’ solution unusual. Public urinals on the streets. Strictly for men. Open and exposed. A bright red metal box 2′ x 3′ sitting on a pole. A large opening on one side. A man steps up to the box, pulls out his private, and excretes into the hole.
These boxes are on public streets. In full view of everyone. No privacy involved. Near popular tourist spots. One sits near Notre Dame Cathedral. Several along the Seine. One near a school.
Twenty two erected so far. All eco-friendly. No odor. Straw inside. The straw periodically removed and used for compost.
Again, not for the ladies. As to #2, a private commode still required.
Berlin liked the idea of what Paris was doing. The Germans came up with their own way, however. A study undertaken. Now complete. The study requires gender equality. Neutral toilets for public use.
Men peeing in the streets the problem again.
The Berlin plan requires the construction of small buildings to be used as public toilets. With an unusual twist.
Receptacles common for male peeing use hang on a wall. Some run from chest height to the floor. Others chest height to just above the knees. A man stands before the receptacle, pulls out his private and goes.
The smaller of the receptacles to be used in the new public facility. The bottom lip will extend out a bit more than normal.
Men and women alike will use the receptacle. The men in the usual fashion. Women standing in front of the receptacle, lifting their dresses or dropping their pants, followed by their panties. The women will pee standing up as the men do.
For the other type excretion, a commode required. Somewhere else. The new gender compliant facility only for peeing.
Would you believe?
The subject was the opening topic in my podcast Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou last night. More interesting than Donald Trump.
Another topic involved Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Hell hath no fury like as a woman scorned. A woman rejected in love can be angry and dangerous.
Omarosa and Trump together a long time. Fifteen years. Omarosa black. He a racist. Strange that whatever the relationship, it lasted that long.
She appears to have tapes. For everything. Trump is a womanizer and misogynist. My gut tells me they must have had sex. Embarrassing for the President if such is the case and reflected on a tape or two.
Yesterday, Omarosa dropped a bomb. Claimed Trump knew about the Hillary e-mails before they were even leaked by Wikileaks. Such would mean Trump was aware of their existence via a Russia connection.
Omarosa has appeared before Mueller. When asked if she had a tape re the e-mails, she said she could not respond.
I spent yesterday afternoon preparing for last night’s show. Cupboard bare again. I did not feel like going to Publix for food at lunch time. Ergo, drank 2 Dr. Atkins 15 gram protein shakes. One for breakfast, the other for lunch.
By dinner time, I was famished. Did not realize how much. Went to Roostica. Ordered the 3 meatball over polenta appetizer. Always cognizant of my diet.
I devoured the food with a speed that shocked me. I was ravenous. Still hungry. Ordered brushetta. Swiftly put that down.
Not a smart way to eat. Do not plan on doing it again.
Thought overall I would lose a pound. Instead, gained a pound.
Key West icon and legend David Wolkowsky requires mention. On this date in 1978, he bought the Kress Building on Duval for $210,000. Soon thereafter became Fast Buck Freddie’s.
David built a penthouse home for himself on the roof of the building. Absolutely magnificent! I have attended several parties there.
David still throws large parties on the roof. More intimate ones at his home in the Casa Marina Flagler area. David will be 99 years old on August 25. I will be attending a birthday party for him at his Flagler Street home.
The Woodstock Festival opened this day in 1969. On Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y. Two hundred thousand were expected. Close to a half million showed up.
A raucous three day event. Will forever be known as the perfect example of America’s 1960’s youth counterculture.
Big name musical entertainers appeared. The likes of Airplane, Who, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, and Arlo Guthrie. Last but not least, Key West’s Larry Smith and Christine Cordone.
Those were the days….
In a recent column in the Washington Post, George Will wrote an interesting statement. Short but to the point: “If you want peace, prepare for war.”
Enjoy your day!
Fast Buck’s was the best thing in Key West, or close to it.
I remembering in Paris for the first time back in 1989 and being blown away by the public toilets, Not so much because they were in surprisingly prominent public places, but because they were so modern and efficient. Cylindrical in shape, they automatically sealed themselves upon exit and power washed their entire interior – each time they were used. Way superior to anything I’d ever seen anywhere else.