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April 12, 2010

Just say no to wimpy hand dryers

pub dog has a wheezy hand dryerIn a neighborhood where nearly every other bar has a super heavy duty XLerator hand dryer, Pub Dog is woefully behind the times.

Have you been in Pub Dog's bathroom lately?

Everything is fine (cramped, but fine) except for the tiny white box-shaped hand dryer. It's pathetic. You put your hands under it and you can barely feel a wisp of warm air.

I could dry my hands faster with a wet nap. Zink!

(I've only been in the men's room, but I assume the women's room looks relatively the same.)

This has got to go. Pronto ...

I called owner Steve Osmond and left him a message this morning. With a little luck, he'll get back to me soon, and say something like this:

"Sam, I'm so sorry to have disappointed wet-handed Federal Hillians for so long with my skimpy wimpy blow dryer. I'm going to rip that bugger off the wall today with a sledgehammer and replace it with a gas-powered leaf blower."

Then I say:

"Whoa, Steve, that would be wicked awesome, but you don't need to go that far. An XLerator would do just fine."

Then Steve says:

"You got it, broseph."

Just a thought.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:02 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


These pedestrian "machines" are really fine for your ordinary bar...

At FüL we only use the finest, driest air imported from the Himalayas.

Since Sessa and I have been banned for life from FüL, I wil ask my snarky question. What the hell is up with the umlaut? Are supposed to pronounce FüL like fool or fuel or full? Because in German the umlaut is going to make it more like "furl".

Besides, yoü can't ban me, I'm boycotting yoü.

I tried to order a Dyson Airblade

but I was told that they may spread more germs/ bacteria then by just using paper towels. I was also told by my electrician that they are actually more expensive to use than paper towels. But they don't leave a mess which is nice.

I would like to see one of those high-tech Dyson AirBlade hand dryers. They claim to be "the only hand dryer that iterally scrapes water from hands." Scary.

I wonder if there are any in town?

OMG, HarborPlace has them. they are Wonderous.

stop being a sissy....thats what your pants are for.

during my one a year trek to Towson Town Center I noticed they had those blade dryers in the food court bathrooms.
As far as hand dryers go, and it really isn't that far, they were 'badass'

I agree, Pub Dog's dryers are the worst. In general, air dryers gross me out, and I usually pass on using them. The thought of using recycled bathroom air on my freshly cleaned hands crosses the tolerance threshold on my germ scale. I do make an exception for the Xcelerator dryers because they're so fast, I can usually manage to distract myself from the germ thoughts long enough to actually get dry, haha. Those things are bad-A.

I hate the Xcelerator dryers. They are so loud it's obvious when I don't wash my hands

Another reason not to use hand dryers...

This is semi off topic but the bathrooms in Little Havana (atleast womens) is consistently disgusting. Seriously doesnt make me want to go back sometimes. I mentioned something to the bartender who says he hears that all the time and said something to management who apparently doesnt care.

whew i just had to get that off my chest. they could def benefit from a new dryer, and maybe a sink that works, and bathroom doors that close properly...

Extreme Bar Makeover: Bathroom Edition?

I heard they're revamping Extreme Makeover Home Edition because people are getting their new homes foreclosed upon, so maybe this could be the new incarnation of the franchise.

Just sayin.... haha

I use, and will continue to use the seat of my pants instead of air dryers. Besides, no one looks there anyway.

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