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Analyzing The Thoughts Of A JanSan Insider

February 1, 2011

Why can''t I look at a facility like a "normal" person?

Do you ever have difficulty "turning off" your mind to work-related happenings?

I can say with complete confidence that I indeed find it difficult to separate my work mentality from my leisure state of mind.

Any time I walk into a public place, be it a post office, the mall, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or anything of the like, I find myself critiquing the cleanliness of the facility.

I uncontrollably inspect the floors for hazing and emphatically examine carpeting for visible traffic lanes.

If a building does not have sufficient matting or no matting at all is present, I feel a sense of perturbment.

My particularity does not stop in the vestibule or main lobby, though.

Almost always, and regardless if I have to answer the call of nature or not, I make a visit to the restroom — if one is open to the public, that is.

An unkempt restroom makes me hang my head in sorrow, and I see it all too often.

It''s crazy; I know.

I do get excited, however, when a restroom has touch-free fixtures and other high-tech gadgetry.

For a lack of a better way to describe it, I feel like somewhat of a nerd when I am rambling off the features of a product in my head with a dumbfounded look on my face that other restroom patrons — those who actually need to use the facility — must perceive as me being crazy.

Though I never do, I am sometimes inclined to say, "I do this for a living; what do you want?"

What Are Your Thoughts?

Do you share a similar sentiment?

Surely, I cannot be the only one who over analyzes seemingly trivial aspects of public facilities maintenance.

Even if you wholeheartedly disagree and have a marked divide between your work mindset and that of your free time, sound off and let me know how you really feel.

Make a post to our Bulletin Board at www.cmmonline.com, say hello to us on Facebook and join the discussion at tinyurl.com/facility-discussion or drop me an e-mail at abaunee@ntpmedia.com and share with me and other likeminded individuals your opinions on the ostensibly unimportant.

Think of it as JanSan-related group therapy — only without the comfortable leather couches, psychoanalysis or ludicrously high fees.


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