The bathtub, what a wonderful place. Soaking in a nice hot tub with boiling hot water and bubbles is something I like to do. It's one of life's simple pleasures.
However, the tub brings up many questions:
- Why are tubs so small?
- Why isn't there a decent bath pillow?
- Why isn't there a decent way to control water flow?
- Why are there holes on the thingy which controls the drain?
- Which is more comfortable in submergence, head, torso, or legs?
- What is the easiest way to read there?
- What is the easiest way to write down thoughts?
Why are tubs so small?
How many people actually fit into those things? Most tubs I've seen are to short, too narrow. and too shallow.
Definitely too short. The average tub seems to be less than five feet long. I believe that is smaller then the average person. Complete submergence is comfortable, so why can't I do it?
Narrowness isn't a major problem, but it could be more comfortable if I had wiggling room.
Too shallow. Not for everyone. But, for those times when our stomachs are a bit too big, the height of the average tub is too small.
Why isn't there a decent bath pillow?
Pillows are there to comfort the head which won't fit in the tub, and to help support the head when the person wants to do something which requires sitting, such as reading.
I have gone through many bath pillows. First they stop sticking to the tub itself and just slide all over the place. Instead of supporting my head, they cover it and just get in the way. They work at first but then die. Why is this such a problem? And why isn't there a better pillow?
They get holes. They just do. Eventually, you start hearing the seeping of air from the pillow. It takes a minute to realize what it is, even though it happens often enough. Is there a reason these things aren't durable?
Finally, they get dirty. The cloth ones look icky after a while. Makes me wonder, since the tub is filled with soap and water.
Why isn't there a decent way to control water flow?
When taking a shower, the faucet and the knobs are at the same end. That's good. However, when taking a bath, the head is at the other end of the tub. This makes it difficult to control the water flow without good control of your feet. And then turning off the water with your feet leaves it on slightly enough to let the drops drive you crazy. Why aren't there knobs at the other end?
Why are there holes on the thingy which controls the drain?
Sinks have a hole besides the drain. Ostensibly, it is to let off excess water before it overflows. The hole is usually large enough to accomidate a good flow, and there is little reason to let the sink go higher than the hole which is near the top, so I think that is a good thing.
However, in the tub, the hole is not good enough. Unless the tub is filling drop by drop, the holes will do nothing about overflow. Further, the holes are so low (closer to the middle of the tub), that it is annoying. I always plug up the holes with tissues (and change them when they get dirty). What exactly is the reason for those holes, and is there an easier way to plug them up?
Which is more comfortable in submergence, head, torso, or legs?
I find that submergence of the torso is the most comfortable. Second, is the head. I like to submerge my feet, but there just isn't enough room when when my head is submerged. So, I end up submerging my torso and legs when I read, and then my torso and head near the end.
What do other people do?
What is the easiest way to read there?
I have a towel nearby to dry my hands as they get wet. It basically does the job. However, it isn't perfect, and the steam seems to saturate the pages.
My hands get tired from holding the book up. I'd like a good way to raise the book without having to use my hands.
Also, my glasses steam up after a bit. I don't know if that is avoidable.
What is the easiest way to write down thoughts?
I find myself with time to think in the tub. Writing is nearly impossible due to my position. So I figured that I'd use a keyboard. I tried a membrane keyboard, but it isn't hard, so the keys are not all flat. That meass all keys are not accesible all the time. Also, the keys sometimes need a good push to register. That inhibits quick typing. A regular keyboard requires a platform to raise it above water, but I haven't found a good platform, or a good way to keep it so it is still easy to type from my position.