Saturday, December 29, 2007

Co-ed showers

Apparently the men are finicky about the state of their shower room.

They used to complain that there wasn't enough hot water for everyone to get a hot shower so their solution was to install a larger hot water tank. This tank made them all happy until the temperature dropped outside. Now they have a new problem.

Since the temperature dropped below zero the heater/fans in the shower rooms have been icing up and they frequently stop working. This is not a huge problem in the women's shower room because there are only two of us and the moisture levels are lower. The men, however, like to take long hot showers and they steam up their shower room all the time. The extra moisture in the air freezes in the appliance and stops the heater/exhaust fan from working. Instead of fixing it, they came up with the brilliant idea to share the women's shower room and steam up our facility too.

I've used co-ed showers in the past and the easiest method is to use a male/female flip sign on the door. Easy to understand, easy to use, works well. The men have decided not to use that method, though.

The "signal" indicating when the room is in use will be the sound of music coming from a portable radio turned to a Brit forces radio station. The idea is that if you hear music rockin, don't come a knockin. Hopefully they remember to turn on the radio. I'm not saying that I wouldn't like to get a nice view of some eye candy, but I'm not so far along my exercise plan that I'm ready for my own show and tell.

Only time will tell how this brilliant idea of theirs works out. I'll keep you posted. And if you hear some giggling from the girls in camp, you know that we had a little peek. Accidentally of course. lol

photo credit: karthickswamy's photo stream


patricia said...

I hope that some of them look as good as this guy! (but somehow I doubt it) You ladies will never get into your shower with so many more guys than gals. Tell them that their hours are between (-) and (-) and that the rest of the time they must pay big bucks and have an appointment for the chance to use your shower!

Balcony Babe said...

Good idea about the schedule but we all work such zany hours that it wouldn't work. As you can tell from my work out times, sometimes we work really long hours and sometimes we have lots of time off. If I missed my shower timing I would be kinda upset.

As for the "hunkiness" of the guys here - I have to say they are nice to look at. Maybe the French accents make them more appealing but they are also a genuinely nice bunch of guys. Wish you were here, you would enjoy yourself.

patricia said...

In today's paper there was a list of new words/expressions that have entered the vocabulary in 2007. Included was 'Navy Shower' (noun) - a very short shower in which you turn off the water while lathering up. This old term is also known as a G.I. bath. Its antonym is the Hollywood shower, a long, wasteful one. Perhaps if your colleagues gave up their Hollywood showers their fans wouldn't ice up???

Balcony Babe said...

Sometimes the smallest details are the most interesting to talk about. The success of our shower sharing scheme is going to depend on good communication and mutual respect. So far we are a tight knit group so I don't think that this will become a major issue. I could tell you some funny stories on this subject from the past ten years of my employment, but will save those for another time.

The main reason that I wrote about it is to pass on some info about our unique situation here. There are so many little things that we take for granted at home. When away we always find ways to adapt to our circumstances and I think that it is our relationship to our environment that makes each trip unique.

I'll continue to tell little anecdotes from time to time to break up the monotony of the fitness blog. Cheers. BB