Lockdown Day 10: The Toilet / Encierro Día 10: El Inodoro

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IT’S STILL RAINING. I sure hope the dreary weather doesn’t last as long as the lockdown, but it’s not looking very promising. The 10-day forecast indicates rain every day but one. This is the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun)! We do have moments of sunshine here and there most days, and that helps. As a matter of fact, there’s a bit of blue sky at this very moment. Never mind. It’s gone.

Today’s post takes us back to late January when I visited Malaga’s Museo Unicaja de Artes y Costumbres Populares (Unicaja Museum of Arts and Popular Customs). I shared the ceramics with you at that time (click here), but not much else. So, today, let’s all go to the toilet.

Have you ever seen a Cushy Tushy toilet seat? It’s padded. San Geraldo’s parents had one. It was covered in soft plastic. The plastic was cracked after years of being compressed by tushies of all sizes. The cracks pinched your tushy when you sat down. It was awful.

Anyway, the traditional one at the museum had a padded seat covered in leather. The original Cushy Tushy? Very classy. It also had constipation handles. Hold on tight and push! (OK, I made that up.) But I have to say, if that’s what I had to use at home, I’d always be constipated.

After the toilet — and with nowhere to wash my hands — I visited some other rooms, the charming courtyard, and, finally, the kitchen. The recreated rooms were a very small part of the museum, which shared examples of life and livelihoods in earlier times in Andalucía. Other than the toilet, the rooms didn’t much interest me. The rest of the museum did.

I just remembered, in the late ’60s, My Mother the Dowager Duchess had a carpet toilet seat cover in her and my father’s bathroom. It was shaggy and charcoal gray and matched the rug. It wasn’t around very long. I never sat on it.

After you click the images, don’t forget to wash your hands.

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TODAVÍA ESTÁ LLOVIENDO. Espero que el clima triste no dure tanto como el cierre, pero no parece muy prometedor. El pronóstico de 10 días indica lluvia todos los días menos uno. ¡Esta es la Costa del Sol (Costa del Sol)! Tenemos momentos de sol aquí y allá la mayoría de los días, y eso ayuda. De hecho, hay un poco de cielo azul en este mismo momento. No importa. Se fue.

Mi blog de hoy nos lleva a fines de enero cuando visité el Museo Unicaja de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Málaga. Compartí la cerámica con vosotros en ese momento (haz clic aquí), pero no mucho más. Entonces, hoy, vamos todos al baño.

¿Alguna vez has visto un asiento de inodoro Cushy Tushy? Es acolchado. Los padres de San Geraldo tenían uno. Estaba cubierto de plástico blando. El plástico se rompió después de años de ser comprimido por traseros de todos los tamaños. Las grietas pellizcaron tu trasero cuando te sentaste. Fue horrible.

De todos modos, el tradicional en el museo tenía un asiento acolchado cubierto de cuero. El original Cushy Tushy? Muy elegante. También tenía asas de estreñimiento. ¡Agárrate fuerte y empuja! (OK, lo inventé). Pero tengo que decir que si eso es lo que tenía que usar en casa, siempre estaría estreñido.

Después del inidoro, y sin ningún lugar para lavarme las manos, visité otras habitaciones, el encantador patio y, finalmente, la cocina. Las salas recreadas eran una parte muy pequeña del museo, que compartía ejemplos de la vida y el sustento de épocas anteriores en Andalucía. Aparte del baño, las habitaciones no me interesaban demasiado. El resto del museo lo hizo.

Acabo de recordar, a finales de los años 60, que Mi Madre la Duquesa Viuda tenía una cubierta de asiento de inodoro alfombrado en el baño de ella y de mi padre. Era peludo y gris carbón y hacía juego con la alfombra. No fue por mucho tiempo. Nunca me senté en eso.

Después de hacer clic en las imágenes, no olvides lavarte las manos.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

29 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 10: The Toilet / Encierro Día 10: El Inodoro”

  1. My parents had “whoopie cushion” toilet seats, I hated them. Sanitation has come so far in the past 100 years, it is a major factor in us living longer.

    1. David:
      I don’t even want to imagine what life was like when “toilets” were bedroom furniture.

  2. my parents had those seat covers, but in pink (the bathroom was pink and black tile, very late 50s).

    later they bought a cushy tushie; it didn’t last very long.

    that toilet looks like a medieval torture device.

  3. Must say, I had the same thought as you when I saw the hand grips on the museum toilet–gives a new meaning to “get a grip”.
    And, yes, I remember the cushy tushy. It made a sound upon sitting that you could only hope was from simply sitting on the seat, But that last photo…omg. I’ve seen a cover on a toilet lid, but never one on the actual seat. Ick.

    1. Mary:
      I completely forgot about the whoopee cushion aspect of those padded toilet seats! I’m thinking my mother’s carpeted seat cover lasted perhaps a day or two. NOT a very good idea. The lid cover lasted longer.

  4. Dark and dreary here as well……but sunshine tomorrow!!
    Now THAT is quite the ‘well-used toilet’ ! Think of the stories it could tell! Well…..maybe not.

    1. Jim:
      Oh, let’s definitely not think of the stories. Sunshine is predicted her for Thursday. And 22C. I’m so excited. I might even go down twice with trash AND go to the supermarket!

  5. I’ve heard tell of the Cushy Tushy but have never actually seen one.
    To me, it’s the Yeti of bathroom decor.
    Now,the shag carpeted seat cover I have seen in grandparent’s home and all I could ever think was ‘Ick.’
    I need my hand sanitizer again.

    1. Bob:
      I know! The carpeted lid cover was odd, but the seat cover was disgusting. I don’t think it was around for more than a day or two.

  6. I think those ARE “constipation handles” — what other purpose could they possibly serve?

    1. Judy:
      I was going to ask you to be more specific. Ew the leather? Ew the chair? Ew the cushy tushy? And then I realized, no clarification is needed. It’s ALL “ew.”

  7. What a very cool and interesting place. I adore the courtyard. But the cushy toilet?!?!? It looks like it has seen it’s fair share of torment. And what’s not to love with those phallic grip handles????? Or are they to grab ahold of for extra, huh, grounding… for the more winded pushes?

    1. Mistress Maddie (Bubbles Borghese):
      After giving it more thought I say it was a birthing chair. That would explain the handles. Good thing I’M not a OBGYN! There’s what a lot of interest in this museum. It surprised me.

  8. I’ve never seen one like that. Ew to the rug carpet toilet cozy. The toilet seat is one of the first things we throw out and buy new in any home we’ve bought (a suggestion by our germaphobe realtor which I agree with). Our sun has now turned to rain as well, looks like a run of it for the next week

    1. Cheapchick:
      I’m with you when it comes to toilet seats. We’re supposed to have sunshine and 22C tomorrow! Then, supposedly, back to rain and cooler and dreary.

  9. I like how you change up your header photos. I had to avail myself of a cushy tushy toilet seat once and and found it very hard to do my business because my butt kept telling me I was sitting on a cushion, not a toilet. The courtyard at the museum looks very calming. Hope you get some good weather so you and boys can enjoy the terrace with the glass curtains open.

    1. Wilma:
      Thanks for commenting on the header photos. It’s a feature I just discovered in Worpress (Randomizer). So I’m now creating more banners to keep things interesting. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer and sunny. We need a break from the dreary.

  10. LOL — what is up with those handles?! That’s the funniest thing. It’s like piloting a fighter jet.

    I’ve seen lots of carpeted toilet LID covers, but never a carpeted toilet SEAT cover. That’s kind of…alarming. A sanitation nightmare, I’m guessing.

  11. I remember seeing such a museum in Lisbon. I always find all the furniture to be very uncomfortable and the style of decoration somewhat constipated. I wonder if people really lived that way or is it just a recreation of what people think it might look like. The Folk Museum in Innsbruck was interesting because it focused on people and their traditions instead of furniture. Here in Canada we have some such museums, well right here in PEI, with god awful Victorian furniture. So uncomfortable and ugly you understand why people look crabby in their portraits. LOL!

    1. larrymuffin:
      Oh, they really lived that way. We’ve had some antique chairs that were lovely to look at but were like torture devices when we sat down. We’ve gone to comfort completely. This museum, too, focused much more on the customs and daily work life of the people than on the furniture. There were actually only two other reproduction rooms, which is why I enjoyed it so much.

  12. Constipation handles! And I believed you! I love most museums, and I especially enjoy visiting houses of wealthy/famous people that have been preserved or re-created. I bought a padded toilet seat once. As soon as it started (wise)cracking, it was gone. (It said very nasty things about my little, pink bottom.) I’ve seen those carpet things on the toilet cover but never on the seat itself. It looks itchy and very unsanitary.

    Love,
    Janie

    1. janiejunebug:
      Oh, never believe me on a first pass. Poor SG has spent 38 years listening to me and responding, “Really?!?” I had forgotten about the noises those padded toilet seats made. Horrible! Yes, the seat covered in carpet would be extremely unsanitary. Can’t believe my mother bought it but it disappeared very quickly. The lid cover and rug remained for only a short time after that.

  13. As often happens this time of year, we up here are enjoying bright sunshine while it rains down south. Worry not, it’ll flip back again soon.

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