Agents of Entropy

I haven't previously written here about anything which occurred in a bathroom but a recent observation is prompting me to do so. I was attending a Sun internal conference at the 100 year old auditorium building on the Sun Santa Clara campus. During a break I noticed that the walls of the toilet stalls were solid sheets of white marble. I found myself marvelling at this in fact.

I wasn't marvelling at the opulence with which Sun outfits it's lavatories. This restroom was built 75 years before Sun existed, though the regular accommodations at Sun are certainly pleasant enough. Instead, I was asking, "Why can't all restrooms be this nice?" Before you consider objecting on the grounds of cost, remember the age of the building. Amortized over such a very long period the difference in cost between solid marble and the cheapest plywood becomes negligible.

Modern public spaces such as restrooms are as beautiful as cattle processing facilities (and often less beautiful). Why must it be this way?

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