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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

"The most sought after pee you'll ever take on the west coast of Ireland."

As I gear up to go to the Reason Foundation's "conference" in Amsterdam in a few weeks, I can't help but wonder why there is nothing on their agenda about bathrooms. The Dutch have the best urinals in the world. And the (relatively) near-by Ireland is leading the way in privatizing public bathrooms. Why is the Reason Foundation ignoring this issue? Don't they know the old saying, "first we privatize the toilets, then we privatize social security."
A ramshackle public toilet could fetch 300,000 euros ($384,000) -- the price of a new house -- if politicians in western Ireland get their way. The town of Lahinch reckons property-hungry buyers will snap up the dilapidated, out-of-order toilet because of its great location -- a surfing beach on Ireland's rugged Atlantic coast.

"You could leave the toilet block and be in the sea in less than 40 seconds," local politician Martin Conway told Reuters, but admitted: "It's quite remarkable that an old toilet block would fetch 300,000 euros."

The average cost of a home in Ireland, where house prices have gone up 15 percent in the past year, is 299,929 euros.

Local property auctioneer Nicola Leyden said the site, overlooking Ireland's best known surfing spot, was breathtaking: "It's probably the most sought after pee you'll ever take on the west coast of Ireland."
I would totally live in a bathroom to be on the coast of Ireland. But, like any good Irishman I'll pee on the floor in the local bar like the good lord intended.