Why, this car is Auto-matic. It's System-matic. It's Hyyyyydro-matic. Why, it's Greased Lightning! (Danny Zuko, GREASE)
Behold, the land of automation! When we arrived at the airport in Vancouver, I thought as I walked into the toilets that it was way cool that the tap and the soap were automated. Then I noticed, quite spontaneously and abruptly it turned out, that all the toilets flush automatically too. This presented a problem when I took Austin to the toilet and he was suddenly scared of the flush (I have to admit they're pretty violent here because they are half-filled bowls, not puddles at the bottom of the bowl like in Australia). I had to hold my hand over the sensor while he went and then not let go until he was ready to leave the cubicle. Kids!
But it's not just like that in Vancouver, but here in Montreal too. Thinking about it, it a hygiene freak's heaven here. Maybe it's like this elsewhere (Japan comes to mind quickly) but I've never been to a country where it is so normal everywhere. Even the toilets at the top of the Mont Royal have automatic flushes and soap dispensers and taps. And paper towel dispensers too (you just wave your hands under the sensor and it rolls out a length of paper towel for you to pull off!)! You literally don't have to touch a thing in the toilets!
I'm a bit worried that I'll become accustomed to this and be disgusted when we get home at how much I have to touch the things in the bathrooms in shopping centres and public places. Maybe I should get myself some disinfectant wipes to carry around in my purse in case I can't slip in the doors behind some other poor soul who has to touch the door to go in. And I'll have to scout around for the toilets that have those seat cover dispensers to put on the toilet seats (that aren't empty - has anyone ever seen one with any seat covers in them, by the way?).
Whatever, I'm going to sit back and enjoy the automation while it lasts!
What's the weirdest toilet you've ever been in? My parents had one of those Japanese-style wash-your-hands-with-the-cistern-water-as-it's-refilling toilets installed in their holiday house recently and it's pretty cool but pretty normal in Japan from what I remember (although it was a novelty when I was there!).