I’ve been yearning for a brief respite from all of this debt ceiling debate. Don’t get me wrong I love to see President Obama, John Boehner, and Harry Reid squirm and posture themselves to the benefit of their constituents (not me) but that’s a discussion for another time.
Thank goodness I can feel some sort of “relief” that USA Today posted some of the finalists for “Americas Best Bathrooms” in today’s “Hotel Check-in“. The article goes on to pose this thought-provoking “call-to-action” by asking the question “Have you been particularly impressed by a beautiful hotel bathroom lately?”
I don’t necessarily know how to answer that question correctly. One a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, is “impressed” an 8 or 9? I imagine replacing “impressed” with “blown away” would be a 10. Is that safe to assume?
When I am on the road and I use a gas station’s restroom I would say that “impressed” is a 10 and there aren’t too many gas station restrooms that I am “impressed” with. I can see you nodding in agreement right now. If you have every been to a Buc-ee’s then you’ll know what impressed is. So there needs to be some sort of scoring adjustment made between a hotel bathroom and a gas station restroom.
If you don’t believe me then take a look at the testimonial section of Buc-ee’s website. You’ll notice that customers refer to their “facilities” as both rest and bath rooms. I’m OK with that. I didn’t come up with the idea so we’ll let it rest.
Well maybe not. Which leads me to the question..why do they call a restroom a bathroom when you can’t take a bath in that room and a restroom a restroom when you can’t take a nap in that room? Maybe those rooms should be called a “necessary” room or something like that?
Have you been impressed by a beautiful gas station necessary room lately?
Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.