A few months ago, Jason over at Fly&Dine, wrote an article about bidets. He got hooked after a recent trip to Asia. He called his post “In Defense of the Bidet”, but I’m calling mine, “Hooray for the Bidet”. Now, I clearly know that there are three responses, three different groups, if you will, of you reading this. The first group is already clicking away because maybe you have no idea how a bidet works and why I’d say hooray. But I encourage you to keep reading because maybe I’ll get you to change your mind. The second group is intrigued by the idea of using a bidet and has maybe used one and wants to know why in the span of a few months TWO Boarding Area bloggers are writing about bidets! The third group is already thinking of their reply to this post, because, like me, the words Hooray and Bidet are a natural fit. Bidet users are nothing less than overly enthusiastic about their love affair with bidets. We say things like, “bidets changed my life.” After all, we miles and points folks are generally more open to trying new things, are we not?
I still don’t understand why we don’t have bidets in the states and why hardly anyone I know has one in their home. My friends who have and use bidets are either European or were born in Asia. Even in the oldest building in Rome, for instance, a building that still doesn’t have an elevator will have a bidet in its rental units. I experienced this many years ago in Rome. One of the best bidets I ever used was actually at a golf course in Hawaii. I can’t vouch for the men’s room but in the women’s locker room, there was a very fancy bidet. If you were having a rough front nine that was a good place to go hang out in for a while! Hotels in South America have them, too. The Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires had a great basic one that was super easy to use.
The bidet Wikipedia page is useful, and of course, there’s plenty of information online as to how to use a bidet. They are hygienic and effective, and you’ll be hooked as soon as you get used to using one. I’ll say this, America seems to be hooked on those wipes that are in EVERYONE’S bathroom these days. However, using a bidet is much, much better for the environment.
Jason’s post is hilarious, as he discusses the symbols used in Japan to explain how to use a bidet. Jason is trying his best to become America’s foremost bidet advocate, but I think advocates should come in both genders, so I’m joining forces with him.
Like Jason, I have a bidet I love and recommend. Great name too! Mrs. Bidet is easy to install and use and much less expensive than many of the other models. If you want to go for the best and can spare no expense, this bidet is highly recommended by some friends of mine.
Tomorrow we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming but for today… are you able to say hooray for the bidet? Let me know in the comments below.