Mahalo to those who responded to da previous entry - all valid 'expectations'; but, how about wen you no can see 'em?
Been to Pearlridge Center recently or more specifically their bathrooms recently?
It is a wordly improvement from wat it used to be: run down, out dated and flat out 'dirty'. It now sports a more modern look inside and out and obviously clean (for now).
Wat made it even more surprising (impressed really) is dat they were cognizant to parents with young keiki albeit very Waldo-ish. Take a look at da pic above. Wat do you see? Men's, Women's... and a mystery lighted entry which turned out to be two ohana bathroom's as well as a private nursing station. I was totally tripping out dat they finally realized dat OHANA's frequent da mall and wat a bettah way to keep making money than to have it more convenient for them to stay no?
It was well hidden and you would have nevah guessed it was in there unless you made a wrong turn or curiosity got da best of you. I kinda guessed it was an ohana bathroom so took a peek and was pleasantly surprised until.....
As a male parent, running around with a baby and a young toddler, men's bathrooms are not my first, second or third choice so if/wen there's a family bathroom, there's no doubt we're heading there. It would be just our (my) luck dat it would be out of service but then we checked door numbah 2 and.....
Au'right! As we checked da door handle, it had a very convenient 'Vacant / Occupied' sign above da handle and luckily it said 'Vacant' as Da Keiki began her happy dance; but alas, it is me we're talking about so it was still...... locked Noticing dat there were intercoms at each door, naturally suggesting you needed to contact someone to open da door, so I told Da Wife to press it. It begins to dial and aftah about three ringtones we hear a click and then a loooooooooong pause:
DA WIFE: Hello?
ALMIGHTY: HELLO! (trust me, sarcastically gruff is an understatement)
DA WIFE: We're at the family bathroom and the door says it's vacant but it's still locked, is there a way to open it?
ALMIGHTY: (aftah a pause yet again)THAT'S WHY YOU SUPPOSED TO CALL AND ASK! (upset sarcastic gruff now)
DA WIFE: (looks at me and we both telepathically say da same thing, "isn't that wat we just did?!?") Ok, can you open it?
ALMIGHTY: Does it say vacant? (very smart a$$-like)
BL: (holy crap! wtf? Isn't dat wat Da Wife just said?!?!)
DA WIFE: (cool as da oddah side of da pillow) Yes.
ALMIGHTY: (no reply...long pause....... then longer pause)
DA WIFE: Hello??
'Click'. We check da door and it's unlocked.
Wassup Wit Dat!
For conspiracy sake, I'm even wondering if da Almighty had da powah to control da soap dispenser as well cause dat wasn't working either or maybe cause we nevah ask for dat too.
Kudos to Pearlridge Center for expanding da facilities to accomodate and then regulating da use of da ohana/nursing bathrooms, which as a parent I sincerely appreciate, as taking kids to da bathroom is not an easy task especially wen da 'designated' bathrooms are occupied by people without keiki. To help monitor, they even have a ceiling camera (sorry, didn't get dat pic) with a huge wall mirror (not for aesthetics but for camera angle view) in da hallway to verify people requesting to use da bathrooms are legit.
But please have someone who has da 'powah' to make it happen without having to go all high makamaka especially to those people who follow directions, explain da situation clearly and asked 'nicely'.
Oddahwise next time I use dat intercom, I going all FOB and place an order for pizza... in Korean.