Claudia Schiepers

8 years later
October 28, 2008, 9:39 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Funny, but bringing a tear to my eye at the end…

(Audio is not in synch with video, but stick with it, it's better in the end)

Via this site.

3 American toilet things to hate
October 28, 2008, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Bathroom blogfest

Blogfest-logo-2008 Last year, I wrote only one blogpost on the Bathroom Blogfest, but when I got the email this year that the fest was on again, I promised myself I would put in more effort! The official title is Bathroom Blogfest '08 – Cleaning Up Forgotten Spaces Around Us. A lot of other blogs are participating again this time and you can find a full list below. There is a Facebook event too this time, you can join it here.

After talking about my little room experiences in Belgium (my home country) last time, I think I should just continue with that story and move to another country: The USA.
There are three things that bug me tremendously in the United States bathroom world. First of all, the spaces everywhere! Seriously… what is up with the holes between the door and the wall; between the walls and the floor; and between the walls and the ceiling??? I don't care that much about people knowing what I'm up to in my daily life (I wouldn't have a blog otherwise), but I do value my privacy in the bathroom! I want to be able to take my time, make embarrassing noises and use as much paper as I want to without feeling like everyone in the space can see me, hear me and worst of all: judge me… For my readers who are not used to American toilets, see these pictures as evidence.


The second thing I don't like about my new home's bathrooms is the amount of water in the toilet. Why is there so much? It seems to work fine in Belgium with a lot less water and the water also seems to be much farther away from my butt on the other side of the continent… I can't believe anybody likes it when the water that you just relieved yourself in, splashes back up and wets your bum. I know I'm being quite graphic here, just trying to explain my dislikes to you, innocent readers…

The last thing I don't like about American toilets is their location in a lot of restaurants. Now, it is not fair to call this an "American toilet" problem; "New York toilet" problem is probably more accurate. A lot of the bathrooms in the restaurants here are unisex. I have no problem with that. Whoever says that men are more disgusting than women has probably never done any real comparison. Women are way more gross, so sharing the same bathroom with men does not fade me in any way. In fact, I am that person who (when they are separated) will skip the women's line and go straight for the one free stall on the men's side.

Anyway, back to the location… Since most restaurants only have one or two bathrooms, the door opens straight from the eating area into the bathroom. No hall way, no second door, nothing. So if you don't lock the door properly, you will be exposed not only to the person invading your toilet space, but to a full restaurant (if you go to a popular place, that is). Embarrassing, yes, but that is not the worst part. The "only-one-door-between-eating-food-and-taking-a-dump" – fact is WAAAAYYY worse. Can you already imagine the smell coming from that door when that 300 pound guy decides to empty his bowels? Bon appetit!

So, as you can deduct from this little rant, I am not a big fan of the toilets of my new home country…

Next up: Japan

Other participating bloggers:
Susan Abbott at Customer Experience Crossroads
Katia Adams at Transcultural Marketing
Shannon Bilby at Floor Talk!
Laurence Borel at Blog Till You Drop
Jo Brown and the blogging team at Kohler Talk
Lisbeth Calandrino at Lisbeth Calandrino
Sara Cantor at The Curious Shopper
Becky Carroll at Customers Rock!
Katie Clark at Practical Katie
Iris Shreve Garrott at Circulating
Ann Handley at Annarchy
Marianna Hayes at Results Revolution
Elizabeth Hise and C.B. Whittemore at The Carpetology Blog
Maria Palma at Customers Are Always
Sandra Renshaw at Purple Wren
Kate Rutter at Adaptive Path
Carolyn Townes at Becoming a Woman of Purpose
Stephanie Weaver at Experienceology
C.B. Whittemore at Flooring The Consumer

October 21, 2008, 7:43 pm
Filed under: Amerika

In all States
October 14, 2008, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Weblogs

Inallestaten Since a few weeks, the Belgian Newspaper De Standaard has started a new blog: In alle Staten (lit. translation: In all States, but it also means in a dither or in a flutter). The blog is written by Belgians who are living in one of the United States and they comment on their life in the USA and how it is different from Belgium. Of course, a lot of attention is going to the upcoming elections. It looks like it is a good mix of people from all different kinds of walks, professions, ages, sex etc. Mostly democratic although some of them live in very very republican areas.

I will be blogging on there from the state of New York. Well, that is if they can find the bug in Typepad that is blocking me from posting something online. The blogposts will be in Dutch of course and I will try to make it as interesting as possible. As soon as Typepad works, my contribution can be found here. So Maarten! Help! Bug needs fixing!

Let me know what you think!

October 12, 2008, 6:11 pm
Filed under: New York

First a great evening with wonderful friends in the East Village (more on that later) and then a full day with two of my best friends doing this!!!:

And after that a dinner in the Rainbow Room in the top of the Rockefeller Center. See the slideshow below. 

Best Birthday ever!!!

The video and some of the pictures were taken by Sean 'johnny knoxville' Tillery.

October 10, 2008, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Herinneringen

Brooklyn bridge
October 10, 2008, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

In the early morning.Brooklyn bridge

October 10, 2008, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

25 degrees celcius in New York today! I don’t think I have ever been in a place that warm on my birthday. Fun!

October 7, 2008, 4:12 pm
Filed under: sex

A friend sent me an email yesterday with this link and a big smiley. The first time I read it, I was smiling (only a little bit), but the second time I read it, I got really, really annoyed with the author of these so-called tips for men and how to act in bed.

What gets on my nerves is the arrogance of the lady who wrote it. Who does she think she is that she can just define what all women like or dislike? If she would have written it more from a personal angle, as in, I don't like to do this and this, it would have made the article a fun read. Now it is just obnoxious and frankly, she sounds quite boring.

I could go point for point and tell you where I think she is totally wrong and how I love some of the things she hates and vice versa, but that would probably be just what you want, you dirty minds. So I'll just give you my own 3 tips and let you get on with it:

– Talk. Seriously. Sex gets better the more you talk about what you like and don't like. Some like it soft, some like it rough, some like it fast, some like it slow, some like to be touched everywhere, some like a lot of kissing, some like it in all different poses and some just like to do something different every time. There is no way you can know how to please each other best unless you have been together for a very long time and recognize what each twitch and sound of your partner means. Just talk. And don't be afraid to ask stuff. It's better to ask than to assume.

– Try things. Really. It's easy to say: "Nooooo, I would never do that!" I suggest you try it anyway. Then at least you will know for a fact whether you will like it or not. You might be surprised sometimes. Also, this goes for men and women. And no, this does not go for things involving kids, animals or other people. If you want a threesome and he or she doesn't, live with it or leave.

– Respect each other. In every way you can imagine. I don't think this needs any further explanation. (Respect has nothing to do with a good smack on the butt, by the way 😉

Haunted on Facebook
October 3, 2008, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Web/Technologie

Ten people from your past that will haunt you on Facebook.

I have a 10, a 9, a 7, a 6, a 3 and several 1s that I can think of straight away!