This, my friends, is an Ass-Gasket ©; that tissue-papery disposable that sits between your bare ass and the public toilet seat.
So as not to have to take my camera into the bathroom, instead I brought the Ass-Gasket© to my cubicle. Very similar to bringing the mountain to Mohammed, but quite different.
The Ass-Gasket © is an optional item. Some use it, some don't. For example, in Turkey, thanks to the Squatty Potty, they have no need for it. But here in the states it is another matter.
For many years, to use or not use the Ass-Gasket © was a non-issue for me because I was incapable of "stocking the pond with wrinkle-necked brown trout" anywhere but my home pond. But as I got older and less neurotic (or less capable of holding it in for eight hours), I overcame most of my public restroom apprehension.
Even still, for years I never really bothered much with the Ass-Gasket © until, a few years ago when a co-worker warned me about another co-worker who left…a smudge…on the back end of the seat.
As you can imagine, the pros and cons of the Ass-Gasket© is a topic debated exhaustively by idiots and lay-abouts everywhere:
"They're too much trouble, and that stupid flap never tears out neatly, or else it dips into the bowl and the next thing you know the entire gasket is getting sucked away with the courtesy flush."
"Why in heavens name would you not want some barrier of protection between your ass and the millions of microscopic germs that populate the public toilet seat? Is a little inconvenience worth the possibility of asshole rot?"
Like the existence of God and aliens, the eternal Ass-Gasket© debate rages on.
Now ever since I was made privy to "the smudge", I've employed an Ass-Gasket © when doing my business.
But I don't use them as illustrated above - covering the entire seat and using that little hole flap. (Why is that even there in the first place? Why not just make them with a hole and NO flap?) I simply fold it at the crease and lay it gently over the rear end (HA) of the toilet seat, thereby protecting me from any possible…smudge substance.
I can't begin to imagine why any of you would remotely care about this tidbit of information, though it certainly reinforces the hypothesis that bloggers are presumptuous, sanctimonious as*holes.
And I think that's something we can all agree on.