After more than three years of Phoenix Potty Spots gracing the downtown Phoenix community via Downtown Devil, it is time for me to say goodbye to the blog that educated Phoenicians on the most noteworthy bathroom places in downtown Phoenix.
My predecessor, Dustin Volz, first introduced us to Phoenix Potty Spots in January 2010 after being grappled by curiosity of where to find the hottest bathroom hangouts in his new home of downtown Phoenix. I took over in September 2012 with the mission to continue this legacy.
Upon hearing that I author a bathroom blog, people often ask me what my favorite restroom is. However, I don’t have a real answer to that question. My favorite bathroom would comprise various characteristics of the bathrooms I’ve surveyed over the past year: the old fashioned decor at Legend City Studios, the aroma at Chipotle City Scape, the “greenness” of the nursing building, the gluten-free food that lies nearby at Green, the use of user-generated content at Sit…Stay, the extra cabinet space at Starbucks at the Arizona Center, the homemade signs at Honey Bear’s BBQ, the bathroom tile heaven at Pei Wei, the ideal platform for grout jokes in UCENT, the toiletry options at First Studio, and the tree-branch door handle at Lawn Gnome Publishing.
My favorite aspect of writing the blog has been exploring the world of restrooms in a community that was originally new to me but has now become my home. Also, as a finance and supply chain management major, I can usually just throw around some pretentious financial or technical terms and call it a day when writing a paper. By writing Potty Spots, I’ve learned how to use AP style and get rid of incorrect colloquialisms. The negative side: my two supply chain textbooks seem to disagree on the utility of the Oxford comma, and I notice, and it’s aggravating.
So why say goodbye to Phoenix Potty Spots? All empires have a rise and fall, all toilets have a flush and re-fill, all blogs have a beginning and a conclusion. Now that Phoenicians have been given the tools necessary to critically analyze the restrooms they frequent, it’s time they take the reigns on assessing the utility and pizzazz of their favorite rooms.
So, what’s next for me? Naturally, no future can trump writing the Phoenix Potty Spots blog, but my future plans include working on my Barrett thesis, focusing on furthering my finance career, and crocheting sweaters for small animals. Cats need coats too, right?
Finally, I will leave my PPS loyalists with some of my favorite grout jokes:
- Grout Balls of Fire
- The Grout Gatsby
- Three strikes and you’re grout
- Oscar the Grout
- Look grout behind you!
- What’s this agrout?
- The Grout Wall of China
- The Grouts of Wrath
- I heard it through the groutvine
Farewell, Phoenix Potty Spots.