Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An Interesting Plumbing Situation

Recently, I visited the Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland, Oregon, for the weekend with my wife. After a rough night thanks to some curing carpet glue in the hallway, I was looking forward to taking a shower and getting out of the hotel for a while. I pulled away the shower curtain to discover this:

For a reason beyond my current understanding, the shower head was, as you can see, well below my eye level. To give you a bit of context, I am 5 foot 9 inches which is about average height for a man. While it wasn't the most comfortable shower I've had, I was able to get the job done.

At first I thought the low shower head could be the work of a short plumber who was exacting his revenge on everyone taller than himself. I thought about this a bit, and I figured that it wasn't a very likely scenario. Additionally, it doesn't give people that happen to be on the short side very much credit so I have rejected this theory.

I did some searching on the internet, and it looks like some handicapped-accessible rooms actually come equipped with lower shower heads for greater accessibility. This theory sounded reasonable, but there were no other accessibility considerations in the room.

A low shower head could have been deliberate in the design of the room or someone could have just run out of pipe. This is just one of the random things that I have come across in my travels. I never know when something like this is going to pop up, and they tend to amuse me to no end.

If you have any theories on the matter of lower than normal shower heads, I'd love to hear them.

Bonus Plumbing Photo:

Pictured above is a towel warmer that I came across while I was in Russia. Basically, you have a piece of pipe that hot water runs though, and you hang your towels on it. Not only does this keep your towel warm, but the whole bathroom stays nice and toasty. I quite enjoy having one of these in the bathroom as long as I remember not to touch the pipe.

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  1. Maybe it was an Asian owned Hotel. While in Korea the shower heads were lower than usual, but perfect for me as I am barely 5 foot. This is a very funny post. One of the worse bathroom stories for me is trying to use the ladies room in the subway station in Korea. Only a hole in the floor making me wish I were a man at that point!

  2. Robin Sue: I didn't notice a problem in Korea, but I think they put me up in a western style hotel. I tend to complain about that stuff but I haven't gained any traction due to the distributor/distributee relations issues.

    I've been to the Mark Spencer before and I didn't run into this issue. It was very odd. Thanks for sharing the ladies room story.

    Craig: Yeah, that's my old camera. The images from the new camera are considerably better; mostly. I'm still getting the hang of it but the image quality here should improve coming up. Now if I could just make a breakthrough on my composition techniques...