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Sometimes smokers don't think

by Julie Finch-Scally

Opposite where I am staying is a building which has a large gutter above a set of shops. This gutter acts similar to an awning.  Although not very wide it works well. The gutter still stops the rain dropping on people staring in through the windows, or entering the shops.

On a floor above the shops there is a guy who I quite often see leaning out of his window while he smokes.  Obviously not allowed to smoke inside the building, and it being an apartment, he smokes outside by placing his head outside the window.

The other day I happened to look down on the awning/gutter of the building and noticed two piles of cigarette butts sitting in the dip.  Not something that would be seen from the street, but definitely from windows of the building of those living and working opposite.

I would think the smoker in the building opposite would have believed his cigarette butts, when dropped out of the window, would end up on the road and be collected by the sweep cleaner which regularly patrols the street. As I have observed this has not been the case.

Since the introduction of banning cigarette smoking inside buildings, more and more cigarette disposal bins are appearing on city streets.  This is saving the butts littering the footpath and keeping the city tidier.  But the sale of ashtrays seem to have declined.  Which means those people who smoke have nowhere to place their ash and butts inside their own properties.

When a large percentage of the population smoked, decorative ashtrays were items given as presents for birthdays and Christmas.  Now only second-hand stores and antique shops seem to sell them. 

I know we all blame the smoker for being thoughtless and in some cases this is true.  But as less and less people smoke, and society has realised the cost involved in keeping the inside of properties clean from cigarette smoke, the smoker has less areas where they can go to satisfy their need for a cigarette.  Yes the cigarette disposal bins along streets are helpful, but smaller containers attached to buildings nearer entrances could also assist. 

Maybe the ashtray should be brought back into fashion.  Once upon a time they made personal ashtrays with a lid. How about re-introducing those?  Then the smokers could carry their butts with them and empty them into the street disposal bins.



Problems with showers over a bath

by Julie Finch-Scally

Where I am currently staying the shower is over the bath.  It has one of those detachable shower heads which can be adjusted to any required height.  Unfortunately the bath is slightly narrow and the taps are along the wall which means the hose to the shower head cuts across the top of the bath. Less room to stand and move.

To make matters worse there is only a shower curtain to stop the water splashing out onto the floor.  Have you ever noticed when there is a shower curtain, it is drawn towards your body as you shower?  You can try making the bottom of the shower curtain stick to the inside of the bath by wetting the base and running your hand over the curtain along the rim of the bath.  This sometimes works but not always.

But the worst part of the movement of the shower curtain is the water that escapes behind the curtain edge and the wall.  If the bath is not set flush against the wall there is a shelf where the water collects and slowly trickles down onto the floor. We have this problem.

Hubby and I have tried a couple of things to stop the water flooding the floor.  Firstly we get the end of the curtain and make sure it wraps around along the wall as far as possible.  If we can we try and stick the edge to the wall with the bottom of the curtain hanging down into the bath.  We also place a flat sponge on the floor in the corner at the end of the bath.

All this seems to assist, but doesn’t stop the water coming over the edge off the bath.  This means the last person out of the shower has to mop up any water on the floor. Because the floor has porous tiles, if this is not done the water is absorbed into the tiles and leaves a water stain. 

I have found there is excess water on the floor when either of us have washed our hair under the shower.  Maybe it is the length of time taken or the extra water that is used, maybe it could even be the positioning of our heads under the running water.  Whatever, the amount of water spilling over onto the floor after a hair wash is quite amazing.

The moral behind this little episode is to take care when you have a shower over the bath with a shower curtain.  Precautionary measures prior to turning on the water, will save time and the flooding of bathroom floors.


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