Sep 152007
 

Scientific America featured an article a few years back titled “The Burden of Choice”. It discussed the pros and cons (mostly cons) of the many choices we have available to us on everything from socks to what to order at dinner to houses and how those choices affect different personality types, specifically the satisfizers and the maximizers (I fall squarely into the latter category if there was any doubt). After reading said article, I have made numerous changes in my life to reduce the amount of stress I experience due to the numerous decisions I have to make. I now try and reserve my obsessive compulsion to research the bloody-hell out of every purchase to things that I truly care about: power tools (not dish brushes), cameras (not printer paper), and yes, toilets! Let’s face it, after 3 years of plunging that hateful late 90’s 1.6 GPF POFS (if you don’t know, you probably don’t want to) I was determined to get a toilet that did its job without needing me to hold its nasty little hand through the tough parts. Amazingly, good quality toilets range in price from about $200 to an obscene $1200 – and I’m sure you _could_ spend more if you really wanted to. The interesting bit: I haven’t found anything functional that warrants the higher price tags on the spendier models – it appears to be designer line markup. Following the sage advice of my local George Morlan we picked up a simple bare-bones regular height (for the many children queued up to use it) elongated bowl (for the one male child queued up to use it) Toto toilet. It took me much longer than planned to install due to my rather … sub-optimal … existing closet ring, but I got it done (and done right). It’s survived its first day, here’s to wishing my $5 plunger (a non-critical purchase) a pleasant behind-the-utility-sink-dust-covered retirement.

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