Call me hillbilly. First time in Chicago, not as blown away by The Bean or Willis Tower as by O’Hare Airport toilet seat covers!
Coming from a country where public restroom hygiene is a big headache, I found those auto rotating seat sleeves (see video) make me feel in paradise. Well, now I can’t complain a city with paradise-looking toilet seats charging heavenly high tax rate.
Chicago taxi drivers insisted me on choosing between the Wind City and their Big Apple counterpart. That’s a tough question. On one hand, too few days and too many indoor activities (in Art Institute and Field Museum) did not offer me a strong ground, on the other, unlike the extrovert New York, where people start to see its multiple facets while walking on and under its streets, Chicago certainly takes some more time to digest. By first impression, I would say New York looks like an acne-faced hipster, while Chicago is more a 30 something sophisticate.
Now going deeper under the seat covers. Are American people born with better hygiene habits? I doubt so. Ask New York! However, they are definitely good at addressing problems and making changes. Not happy with others’ toilet manners? Seat cover sheets come to your rescue. Still not neat enough? Let machine do all the cleaning work. Such human-centered design and service improvements are seen everywhere and I’ve already developed a tracking list for future business opportunities in China.
I sincerely believe that anyone with such a change maker attitude can be invincible. Change is powerful. Change makes the world a better place.