Monday, March 10, 2008

Lookin' In The Stalls, No There Ain't Nobody Here

So, this week's Saturday Scavenger photo hunt word was chemistry. I couldn't think of a photo take on it that everyone else hasn't done already. So, I'll post a bunch of photos that don't have much to do with chemistry and just talk about it for a minute instead. Lately, I've been very aware of my own chemistry and how it's felt a little thrown off the last month or two. I'm trying to de-wonk myself by running outside (today was the first day in a long time I've been able to) now that it's finally safe to do that. There is nothing like endorphins to de-wonk your body chemistry. All I can say right now is, ahhhhhh.
Okay. Now I'll put up photos of bathrooms from CBGB's and The Venice Cafe in St Louis. This top one is at the Venice Cafe (you can always tell by the mosaics). These lions sit facing the toilet and can be a little disconcerting when you're trying to pee.

This is one of the stalls in a downstairs bathroom at the Venice Cafe. (again with the mosaics)

From here on out, we'll be in the women's room at CBGB's. I love that they drew a big star in front of the word "sex". Because nothing deserves a gigantic star like sex does.

This is the best graffiti I've come across in a long time. If you can't read it, it says, "Amanda Linn writes shitty dick-loving poetry". It totally made me want to ask around and find Amanda Linn to see if she'd let me read some of it.

Erik told me I had to check out the women's bathroom. (as if I wouldn't have on my own...) And he was so right. There were two toilets with a huge table in between them. I've never seen a bathroom like it.

I said to Erik that you could totally pee and play cards at the same time and he said, "Or do coke". To which, all I could reply was, "duh." It's not like I've never been in a bar before or lived through the eighties, but for whatever reason, that idea never occurred to me. Dude. I am such the country mouse visiting the city mouse sometimes.


Mr Atrocity said...

You think you have problems staring out a lion while you try to pee? If you're a guy you'd be permanently worried it was about to come and bite you in the arse. I couldn't pee under those circumstances.

evil-e said...

Holy crapper...I love that bathroom with all the beautiful graffiti in it. I have not found much from the loo lately. You just did a Tuesday Tags post. Welcome aboard field reporter Churl. Your hired!

Remiman said...

Maybe this will be the start of a new travel blog: Bathrooms of the world, or of the rich and famous, or dirty diggs from the dregs of the inner city, maybe even rural retreats. ;)

Mrs. Big Hairy Woman said...

In the last picture someone tookthe time to graffitti the back of the toilet... Living in the Big city you get to see these "works of art" in just about every bar..Excellent post...

Tara said...

I love the mosaics! That last bathroom with the convenient coke table could use some mosaics on the wall, but then that would cover up the creative graffiti. :)

another good thing said...

geez,I thought I was the only one who took potty pix.. glad to know I am not alone-- and totally laughed at the Amanda Linn piece- 'course I googled her..

booda baby said...

I'm starting to think mosaics are great. That is just a very cool toilet!

Brando said...

Anything is better than the old trough in the men's room at Gabe's.

LOL at the country mouse/city mouse line.

laura b. said...

Something about a table near a toilet just seems so very wrong. Those are really great pictures! I'm glad you could work a little chemistry in as well...

AlienCG said...

Those bathrooms look a little disturbing to me. The mosaics would make me crazy and probably dizzy while trying to pee.

Churlita said...

Mr atrocity,

It is a little stressful, I have to say.


Thanks. I wish I had enough ammunition to post one every Tuesday.


I wish I could travel around taking photos of bathrooms all over the world.


Yeah. There's graffiti in bathrooms here, just not quite as much.


Graffiti or mosaics - it's a hard choice.


Did you find anything?

Booda Baby,

I know, right?


That's for sure. I remember like once a year they'd throw about 10 urinal cakes in there and the whole bar would smell like that. Ew.


I do what I can.


They're not so bad when you're sitting down.