But it was in the mall restroom where I discovered the most pleasantly surprising gem.
A couple of years ago a member of my Panera Posse,
Among the photos of her trip that she shared with the Posse there was a picture of an item that so captured my imagination that for a while after seeing that photo of that item I had a strong desire to find and possess said item.
The item - which my friend discovered in the bathroom of her hotel in Shanghai - is a jet-spray toilet called a Toto Washlet Performance Toilet (see post from 11/13/2014, "All I Want For Christmas Is A Toto Washlet"). This toilet had a remote control button that sent cleansing jet sprays of water upward. The press of another button controlled an upward-blowing air dryer. Hence there was no need for toilet paper. The Toto Washlet was invented in Japan, and while it is commonly found throughout that country, one would not expect to find such an amenity in any public restroom in the U.S.
But when I entered the stall of the ladies' room at the Royal Hawaiian Center, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
Do I now wish I owned one? I do.
Will I ever go out and buy one? Eh, probly not.
Theresa and I then walked back to the Hale Koa,
For this reason there is a practice of people who leave the beach before the end of the day giving their rented toys to others still on the beach to use for the rest of the day.
Thus my family, who generally stayed on the beach until day's end, tended to be the daily recipients of beach toy swag given to them by people who were finished with their toys for the day.
Among the toys we scored to use over the week were two children's beach chairs, an inner tube,
Then we headed back to the hotel by way of the botanical garden.