You’re four of the closest guys and known everywhere…

But somehow after the years go by, and really not all that many, you end up splitting apart because of creative differences, what appears to be hatred, bitterness towards one another or anything and everything. How does this happen when you were all having so much fun at one time… shit happens so you say fuck you and move on or else you die. Let’s roll down Penny Lane… From their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show 74million people watched them perform to screaming females. This was just a taste of what was yet to come as millions and millions more would soon be taken by them. From 1963 – 1966 The Beatles released 14 albums in the US. Unfreakin heard of today. Takes a rock band today 3 years to sober up after their first hit record. The Beatles had 14 very upbeat, love songs, sappy sometimes, goofy and all were popular. They had that chemistry, they had fun, people loved them and they were different. Then in 1967, The Beatles released Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. Two great albums!

A Beatles fanatic could study this album cover for hours and then it gets a bit creepy. The Beatles had definitely gone from those happy love songs to a darker side with the laughing maniacal clown as the ring leader. Or it was the acid.

The music was different, edgy, intense, there was some kind of movement going on, there was Vietnam, there was racial tension everywhere and there were The Beatles. They were four young guys who formed a band and man, did they hit it big. They became so well known throughout the world that a year earlier, 1966, Lennon had made some stupid comment that the kids were paying more attention to The Beatles than they were to Jesus, or God, or Religion or whatever it was. It was one of those stupid comments that as soon as the last word begins to roll off your tongue you are already thinking, what the fuck did I say that for??? I didn’t know John personally but I do believe he didn’t mean it the way people took it. People like the KKK, people like the ones in the southeast part of the country who at the time hated anyone who wasn’t just like them, ran to the streets to burn Beatle albums. The whole thing was really over-analyzed. John was like 26 at the time with a pocketful of money and a pocket full of dope. I wouldn’t have expected him to say anything profound, would you? He was simply a rock star with a lot of talent but by any fetch of the imagination was he the devil. It’s now 2 days shy of a year since MMT and The Beatles released a great album by no surprise, a double album at that and were advised to hold back on the additional album but obviously they did not and got their way, The White Album simply titled in black; “The Beatles” and it worked. Not because of the less is more theor but because it was a musical genius. It was Rock n’ Roll never heard before. It was hard, it was soft, it was funny sometimes, it was like listening to a fairytale. In my opinion it has The Beatles best song ever on that album whi is George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Too bad George wasn’t aloud to contribute more of his talent that way but how could the Beatles get any bigger? Props to George! Dear Prudence is another great song and the infamous “helter skelter” song because of the Manson murders. This reminds me that the only good thing I can say about Bono today is when I saw U2 in concert he said that Charles Manson stole this song from The Beatles and tonight he was taking it back to them. As corny as it sounds it was very touching. This is 1968, were at a loss as far as a solution goes to the Vietnam war, muscle cars were becoming stronger, drugs were everywhere and easy to get. The White Album somehow represented everything that was gong on back then. Just months earlier before the release of the white album Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Bobby was celebrating his successful campaign in the California primary elections while seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. The music of The Beatles didn’t make things better but it did make you forget for a few minutes. Not such a bad thing.

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Things and people change...

The Beatles released two albums in 1969. January 13th The Beatles released Yellow Submarine which did absolutely nothing for me. It just wasn’t happening on that album and The Beatles knew that as well. It was probably one of those albums that should have been sat on, put in the vault, let’s keep working it… toss it man. It was 40 minutes/12 seconds of whatever music. It just wasn’t there. Was this the beginning of the end?

It was like a bad comic book.

But just a short 10 months later The Beatles released one of their masterpieces, Abby Road!

Man, if Yellow Submarine was changing your taste in music regarding the Beatles, Abbey Road lured you right back in. It was fucking awesome work. Both the album cover and the music. No surprise though. There are 70 parody covers of this album on this page.

http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/abbey-road-parodies/

Technically, this was it for The Beatles. John wanted out, they were fighting all the time, George thought the band was ridiculous as he was by far the most talented one, Ringo was along for the ride and hoping for the best (not as in Pete) Paul thought The Beatles were the movement while John kept trying to get him to understand that The Beatles were only a part of “the movement”. ABBEY ROAD was recorded in the summer of 1969 and was the last album recorded by the Beatles (LET IT BE was released in 1970, but recorded in early ’69).

Thanks for the memories guys. They, and you, will never be forgotten!

John went on with Yoko and formed The Plastic Ono Band which sucked. It was full of anger and shit Lennon never dealt with. However, he came through the other side and began writing beautiful music/songs starting with Imagine. Unfortunately, just when John seemed really comfortable in his own skin and enjoying the success of the album Double Fantasy he was shot and killed by a crazed fan Mark David Chapman who ironically had just gotten John to sign his Double Fantasy album. It makes you wonder what is wrong with people. John was 40.

George Harrison did a lot of charitable music. The most famous being the concert for Bangladesh which when you think about it George was also very spiritual and always wanting to give rather than take. Very admirable of him. Imagine George taking 200 million to perform. He probably would then give it to a poor country. Huge props for George! George passed away on 11/29/2001 at the age of 58.

Ringo goes around the country talking to people and doing his; “Ringo and his all star band” gigs. I’ve seen it once and it’s fine. He’s enjoying himself and having fun.

Paul is unquestionably the most successful Beatle. He went on to perform solo, then formed Wings, then went solo again and has been for 20 – 25 years or more now. Paul seemed to be grounded and together until his wife Linda passed away. Then it was like the nut finally fell from the tree and it married Heather Mills. I’m not knocking the handicap at all as I have a few of my own… but c’mon Paul. You were a freakin Beatle, a great solo career, Wings was way cool at the time and you end up with hop-scotch Mills who was a rippin bitch. What, you were married about 8 weeks and she wanted half of what you acquired throughout your life? Stay single Paul or talk to Rod Stewart the next time you get the itch.

Bringing it home with a trivia question; When The Beatles first toured America, what city is the only city they did not sell out to full capacity?

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Bathrooms you shouldn’t touch… ever! If you do, don’t start handshaking, just don’t.

This is the FashionLoo after 3:00am edition that comes out once every… this is the first edition. Enjoy!

Have you ever stepped in to use a restroom, right, at a gas station and they’re MF’ing disgusting. There is something fascinating about this though. As soon as you realize that the room you just entered could very well hold some kind of weapon of mass destruction you IMMEDIATELY have this, this mastery, this particular activity adeptness to use your feet to turn things on like a ceiling fan only to discover it doesn’t work. Why in the world would it work anyway??? You can flip the toilet seat up/down, (trust me, in my case it ain’t never going down in a Loo like this) and if the water works it’s freakin astonishing that you can adjust the hot and cold to warm (two handle faucet) flush the toilet and two top it off the last three things are the proof that you are gifted. You are not just a winner but you’re a champion. You’re the maestro at maneuvering your way around a hole in the wall shitter and operating everything in there with your feet only. 1) When we are done what do we do? Wash our hands. I don’t know about you but my hands never came out of my pockets but I still wash them. 2) Somehow, and not sure how, I do get my hands dry. Yea, paper towels in this Loo would be… never mind. No way is there paper towels in this shit-hole. Get over it. Somehow we do get them dry and we’re not using our clothes. We will them dry. And number 3) is a gas… no kidding huh? Now we zero right on that doorknob and I will die a slow painful death before I touch that thing. I ‘ve used my shirt cuff in the past but I have a tee-shirt on, brilliant white and I am not about to get some gas station “virus” because it really hasn’t been identified yet. The reason it hasn’t been is because the people who have had it haven’t lived long enough for the “virus” and it’s symptoms to be studied. Suddenly, that handle turns, the door flicks wide open and all this with the bottom of your foot. Truly amazing because I struggle with the fear of “touching public door knobs all day” in general. Do you know how many people in one day touch the same door that you do? Gazillions. But because of purell I am able to go outside again. I really should add a #4… once outside you release your breath. You have undertaken this entire task of using a “gasoline station public restroom” operating everything with your feet and the whole time you were holing your breath! Now, not sure about you but think about this, you were in there a long time meaning at least 10 minutes. And if you have BPH and are not on medication then you are in there for at least 1/2 hr. Taking that elusive BPH leak is painful enough all in its own. So if you think about what you have just done with your body, in an environment that does kill coo-coo-rachaz it really does qualify as an eighth wonder of the world. Seriously! Look at some that were once thought of as an 8th wonder; Grande Canyon, Empire State Bldg, natural tunnel in Virginia, Panama Canal and even André the Giant was at one time. If André the Giant can make the list so should Using the Loo at a shit-hole Gasoline Station. I think Stephen King would agree. Take a look at some of the places we’re talking about…

Oh here's a place we can stop at to use the facilities and grab a bite to eat!

Hurry up! Let's go! It was full, I'll use the next one!

Close call but he made it!

this is much more natural than that gas station facility. OCD really bad with this cracker-jack

Forget it! I'll go take my chances with the rattlers...

I'm sure the city meant well but I just couldn't do it.

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Taking a break from The FashionLoo for a minute to remember a bizarre and odd man that was emcee on a popular Sunday night variety show…

Mr Edward Vincent “Ed” Sullivan. Born: 9-28-1901 Died: 10-13-1974

Ed Sullivan was weird. No two ways about it. He always had his arms crossed very tightly like he was hanging on to himself, controlling beyond apprehension, possessing a sailor’s salty vocabulary and the only talent he did have was that of making his audience believe he was the nice “Uncle Eddie”. In reality though, Ed Sullivan had skipped college but earned a rough and tumble Ivy League education in American show business, from the speakeasy cabarets of his twenties to his abortive radio and film career to – especially – his years spent producing sawdust-and-sweat vaudeville shows. He was a loner, he would isolate, get pissed at someone about nothing and not speak to them for months, sometimes years. He would cancel performances on the day of the show if the performer would object to his change demands. opera star Maria Callas refused to sing her famed interpretation of Tosca, Sullivan had made it clear: you’ll sing what I tell you to sing or your performance is canceled. The diva had met a bigger diva. He told the Doors to change the word “Higher” in “light my fire”, they reluctantly agreed but sang the original lyric anyway. Ed canceled their next six scheduled shows and would not shake hands with them when they left. He told The Rolling Stones to change some lyrics in “Let’s spend the night together” and they agreed and kept their word. However, every time Mick sang the “new” lyrics he would roll his eyes. This pissed Ed off. It was definitely Ed’s show or no show. But watching him every week I remember not only was he odd and bizarre but he knew something that the rest of us didn’t. As nutty and stubborn as he was, he kept that show running for 25 years. A photo run down ES lane wrapping it up with his top 5 acts of all time.

Morrison, I warned you and you double crossed me! No one gets away with doing that to me. Your next six scheduled shows are all canceled! Now get off my stage and scram!

We already did the Ed Sullivan show

Ed clearly not getting through to the young Presley, he's quickly becoming annoyed and considering canceling his performance

Those hips of yours Presley will not shake about as you perform. Am I getting through to you yet you thick-headed hick?

Now you listen to me Parker or whoever you really are, get your whole gang in here, I'll kick their asses. Then when I'm done with them I'll knock the dog-snot out of your brainless mug. Then, after I am warmed up I'll use sissy girl Presley here as a punching bag. He'll be so banged up when I'm done with him it'll be at least a year before he can perform. And to make sure I am satisfied when I'm done, I'll keep the cash I promised you. Now am I getting through to you two hillbillies? No hips!!! Shut up Presley.

Topo Gigio finishes a song & dance number to a standing ovation on the Ed Sullivan show. Ed was so annoyed that a rat could be admired by all that he had to walk back stage to avoid embarrassing himself.

Because Topo was in such demand, particularly to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, he was now enjoying being on top of the world. Ed on the other hand saw nothing but a rat when he looked at Topo. Topo sensed Ed's aversion towards him. Topo took pity on Ed and sent him a card...

Oh Eddie, you cana kissa my rat's ass!

Ed was outraged by this and immediately planned his revenge. He detested the fact that the audience adored Topo Gigio more than they adored Ed himself. On screen Ed was loving and kind to Topo. He would even kiss him goodnight. But now this was it. He wanted nothing more than to get rid of that rat. Rat poison he thought, slow and painful.

Wrapping up the shew with Ed Sullivan’s top 5 acts of all time. Starting with…

# 5~ The Rolling Stones

Hey Mick, maybe you shouldn't have rolled your eyes.

# 4~ Victor Borge (Isn’t he that funny guy who spins a million plates at once?)

# 3~ Topo Gigio

Ed thought he was clever sticking Topo in the number 3 spot. He proved he wouldn't hurt a little mouse and that Topo was his pal. But a twist takes place, Topo didn't trust Ed anymore so he brought his bodyguard along with him to the show...

A break in the countdown ladies and gentlemen…

Where's Sullivan. I gotta message for him from Topo Gigio.

Continuing with the shew as Mr. Bengal waits comfortably sedated in the green room, we now bring you the number 2 act of all time, The Beatles!

Number 2??? Who can possibly be 1?

And the number 1 act of all time… The Beach Boys!

This is America, we love Topo and The Beach Boys. Oh, oh... one thing about Ed Sullivan, he can smell when a mob is about to happen and this one is only moments away.

Everyone is booing Ed, Topo and his buddy the big cat are running towards Sullivan, Keith Richards of the Stones sucker punches Ed from behind, Victor tries spinning plates to calm the crowd but now they’re a mob charging the stage, Victor drops his plates screaming and running, Jim Morrison drops in and says to Ed, “you’re so stupid man” and then leaves. The Beatles are cracking up and The Beach Boys are crying. Ed throws his hands in the air and takes a walk back stage. Here is a rare photo of Ed at the end of that day…

You get to do it all over again next Sunday Ed. Keep your chin up!

R.I.P. Topo Gigio Born 8-22-1945 Died 10-12-1974.

That’s funny, Topo died a day before Ed Sullivan passed away… way to go Ed!

Classic, Aged with the Detail at its Finest. You know, some things should just stay the way they are…

Back on board at The Loo, this bathroom is awesome. Don’t just glance over it but look at the detail… a wired soap dish attached (kind of low for my liking) to the wall, the toilet speaks for itself and I would love to have that exact toilet. Just yanking on that chain to flush would be cool. I know, I know, conserve water and save the planet and I believe in that. But Bono has it covered. Anyway, the toilet is amazing, the door in the corner is kind of interesting. I believe it’s a door, maybe a dutch door, the coat-rack for robes, the stand with what looks like a pitcher & bowl, then the main sink. The plumbing alone is very cool. The walls must be 12 – 15 ft which is enough room to build a loft if someone wanted to. If you look in the mirror there is a reflection of what looks like a large draped window. This must be one hell of a house. The rug alone looks like it cost a fortune. What does this have to do with the average person that goes from paycheck to paycheck? Stimulate ideas. I know I’ll never live in a house like this BUT with imagination and some creative passion you can have a miniature. I have found some great items at thrift stores for a buck or two. Cleaned them up, tightened a screw polished it down to the metal and ended up with something that looks like I paid a lot of money for. I got a couple of antique soap dishes this way. Small and medium sized vases, picked up a great pitcher & bowl (not crazy about the color but it’s in near perfect condition and was $3-) hard wired screen baskets are great for anything and look artsy all cleaned up with a few rolled towels in them. Then the two rusted brass 12” candle holders. I cut off the part that holds the candle (actually I beat the things to death with a hammer because I don’t have a hack-saw and that part eventually broke off. You just gotta hang in there sometimes and make use with what you have) Hung them on the wall with the two bottom ends connecting placing them going in opposite directions. It not only came out great it looks like a very expensive piece of metal wall art. I think they were like a buck a piece. I hung a few corner pieces of crown molding with no intention of going full circle and it looks great. Cost me like $5- I had a small brown pressed wood bathroom cabinet. Nothing special. The kind you would either toss or give to someone if they needed one. Instead, I painted it white, replaced the brown wood knobs with brushed nickel metal knobs and in no time at all I have this stylish artsy cabinet that cost about $15- The ideas are endless. What one thing does for you may not for another so who cares. Hang a soap dish upside down on the ceiling with a small picture in it. When people are using your bathroom they’ll see it and wonder… WTF??? John Lennon was once asked what a particular song meant. His was response was what it meant to him and what it may mean to someone else will have two different meanings so why does it matter what it means to him. Now remember the sidebar with John saying something about the eye of the hurricane when suddenly you realize you’re performing in concert… my interpretation of those words were he just came out of a blackout and hears Paul saying; “for the 10th time now John, start us off” There it is, same song, two different meanings.

Decorative crown molding corner piece

And it all started with this!

An old hallway table, a thrift store mirror, a ceramic or glass basin with a faucet and you just created a unique piece of art.

That’s right. There are probably a million old hallway tables, butcher’s blocks, old beat-up school desk’s or an imperfect piece of wood that was maybe burned a bit at one time. Whatever the piece may be you can make an adjustment here and there, antique it with a bicycle chain by beating the dog snot out of it, throw on some green, yellow, red, black, brown paint… choose the colors you like. Green and brown with the whipped chain looks like an antique over night. Use a rag, sponge and an old stiff paintbrush when applying the paint. The type of finish you get is entirely up to you. I personally like a flat or a semi-gloss. Buy a basin at any major home improvement store that you absolutely love (don’t get hung up on if it “matches” or not. It will) and there are lots of new ones out there, many beautiful ones for under $100. Some simple plumbing accessories, hang the mirror, put a couple of inexpensive side lamps on the wall with the aged Italian brass look and you have a functioning new sink that looks like a million bucks. It’s very cool! Use your imagination, let your heart guide you and you will be brilliant every time.

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Jayne Mansfield & Her Pink Loo

Besides vintage bathrooms on the rise today are Pink Loo’s. Check it out. Legendary Jayne Mansfield’s home bathroom. Not only is it just freakin weird, how would you find the pepto bismal if you were sick? Check out her windows, the carpeting, the shape of the tub, the ceiling… it doesn’t stop. Click on her picture and the next one is her leaving her pink palace in a pink Cadillac. Pink is a nauseating color, should be outlawed, people who wear pink are a lot off their rocker, statistically, people who drive pink cars get in more serious car accidents than any other color car. The on and only true exception is… well, just ask any guy. There isn’t anything better! Jayne really must have been in love with the color pink!

This is still getting closer to basics but keeping the comforts and technology

Look at this tub and sink. They’re strategically placed close enough to one another that the faucet could swivel, lower and raise to serve both tub and sink. This would obviously save on material and labor costs. It’s kept very simple. With the stone wall being pretty basic/earth tone, I like it!

This could be very innovative if I am seeing something that is real. A swivel faucet that lowers and rises to serve both tub and sink. Your thoughts?

A FashionLoo can take you away from this…

Would you rather be here in January

or maybe here at Venice Beach...

or perhaps a block away and you would be here at the Venice Beach Canals

Just the Loo that can take you there or wherever you choose

I came across an old Loo that two people share and it hit me then!

Were these two separated at birth? Has it been a well kept secret all these years? I’ve been a big fan of one and admired the other for what that person went through in life AND not only survived but bounced back. The other did as well. Was on top of the world, more money than needed, lost it all, formed some bad habits along the way and also bounced back. Looking at the two of them now there is something very odd like, uncanny, suspect… are they twins?

Could they be twins? Are they at least siblings? Until now, I never really noticed how closely they resemble one another. However, she looks great while he looks like another train wreck that is going to happen. The good news is his band mates see this one coming and hopped off the train. Don’t get me wrong, I love his band. I’ve seen them live at least a dozen times starting at Amherst College in 1974 – Kingdome in Seattle in 1979 – to The Staples Center in LA in 2006 and that show was the best out of all. In Seattle they were into their 3rd song when they were booed off stage. Well, Steven fell off stage first but they were all so Fu***d-up that they would have been yanked anyway. These guys went through this before and were lucky enough to bounce back. Now, here we go again and this time I don’t think they’ll be so lucky. Not Steven anyway. It’s too bad.

I think they just may be.

I can't tell, can you?

Steven and Co. were jamin one time at U-Mass back in 1974. He threw a beer at me, some things were said and then it was forgotten... sort of. This is one cat that has always been in high gear, on the go and never shuts the F**k up. Looking at him in this pic I feel like I should help him cross the street. I think it's time for him to go unplugged. God bless him for what he gave us though.

When remodeling your home, the bathroom may take a backburner to all other areas of the house with the kitchen typically getting the most attention and budget. It isn’t that way anymore and it should never be that way again.

When remodeling your home, the bathroom may take a backburner to all other areas of the house with the kitchen typically getting the most attention and budget. It isn’t that way anymore and it should never be that way again. The bathroom is where you can let yourself slide into a calming peaceful zone. Let it be in the morning when getting ready for the stressors or at the end of the day after dealing with them. There is not a better place in the home than the bathroom. If you choose to ignore it, it will return the favor. If you decide that you will pay special attention to its decor and maintenance it will take care of you in the same way. They’re funny that way.

In memory of former President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated 46 years ago today.

Top 5 FashionLoo’s for the week of 11/22/09.

FashionLoo’s pick #5-

White-on-White has lost its WOW

Personally, white on white has been way overdone and quite frankly, it’s now beyond boring. When I see one I want to return to it with cans of rainbow colors, various shades of black and grey then just start throwing it in every which way direction to give it character. A personality. This Loo has that pasteurized look which is fine if you’re drinking milk. There is a difference between sterile and keeping it clean. Loo’s should be kept clean and hospitals should be sterile. Though I would never recommend w-on-w this one is ok. There are a couple of tones to it, the dark wood trim would have been way better off with a stone type of accent and the nauseating gold faucets should have been bronze antique with ivory buttons. (btw, is ivory ok to use or will it piss off Sr VP Dan Matthews of PETA to a point that he will crash my next show. Perhaps this time he’ll dress up as Alice from the Brady Bunch to fool security into letting him in. Dan, if you by chance read this let me know. I’ll change it to something that is fake Ivory) Moving on, gold accessories today are not happening. Think about it like this; you’re wearing a custom made designer suit that fits and hangs perfectly. It’s an awesome shade of grey that looks like a million bucks with a black shirt and black tie. For your wheels you put on a pair of white socks and sneakers. Don’t do it. The only time to use gold is when you’re exchanging it for cash. Also, they have a great towel rack but for their own reason(s) found it necessary to tuck it away in a far corner, out of sight and away from any kind of convenience. And why not showcase it anyway. There’s a lot of space here that with a different pair of glasses this Loo could be turned into a masterpiece with very little effort.

FashionLoo’s pick #4

Dead or Alive, Bamboo and Parrots belong outside

The above is our number 4 pick. I absolutely love this Loo. So some of you may be asking why I did not pick this as my number 1 pick for the week. I’ll tell you, the fake Parrots (Dan, I truly love any kind of animal. Well, my own personal cat is being punished right now because he really made a mess out of his Loo this morning. We wrapped all four of his paws in extra strength duck tape with the sticky side out. It slows him down after he’s done going insane. If this fails, a poke or two from a high voltage hotshot cattle prod never fails. It’s just amazing though how soon he forgets. I thought kittens were known for having excellent memories) and the bamboo shades have to go. This Loo is master work in the Spanish tradition that will never become boring or trite. Maybe someone can build a nice birdhouse from the bamboo, outside of course, and put the Parrots in there. This would be nice!

FashionLoo’s pick #3

This Brand is alive and will knock the Hilly-Bill snot out of you.

Where to begin with this one. First off, it’s manufactured by Eljer. The following is strictly my opinion and experiences with Eljer products. Others may have had better and more positive than mine were but it just wasn’t the case with me. Most of us have had the joy of fixing a leaky faucet. It’s great. You go to the hardware store, you talk to an employee and tell him things like brand, problem and what should you do. He/she starts you off with a couple of faucet seats, give you a few instructions (the whole time he’s talking you’re hoping you don’t screw this up) and that this should take care of it. You race home, start ripping the faucet apart when suddenly water is gushing like mad everywhere. You panic at first then crawl under the house to turn off the water main. All the while you could have just turned it off for this job under the sink. Ok, you’re back in the race, a bit bruised but that can even happen in softball. You begin pulling piece after piece out from the faucet handle and you’re beginning to wonder where the heck these seats, seals, washers, springs and why are there springs involved, your mind is racing when you finally come to two little dark circles/holes that look like the same size as your seats. Ok, pop them out, pop the new ones in. Easy enough. Pop! Pop! You’re becoming a genius. A master plumber! Gee, the new seats went right in. Great! Right about then you notice four springs sitting on the sink. The two you took out and the other two… Pop! Pop! Slide the springs into the seats and slide them into the holes… they won’t stay in though. Your cussing is increasing. After about an hr of this you decide the old springs still look pretty good and do what we do, switch. Hey, they slide right in and stay there. This is confirming you’re a master plumber with a creative mind. Now, you look over at all the pieces you took out and wonder how in the world did all those pieces fit under that faucet handle and why in the name of God didn’t you lay them down in order so you could just confidently put them back in starting with the last piece you pulled out. It’s been 7 hrs now and you are just snapping the cap on the faucet handle. There are no extra pieces lying around and you are certain you got each one in its appropriate place. You throw the handle up and… nothing! Not a drip. Not even any moisture. Wow, cuss words you didn’t know you knew. Then it hits you, you need to turn the water on. You run under the house, turn the main on and swagger back in to the sound of yet still nothing. You’re thinking though that perhaps you threw the handle down before going to the water main. Nope, up and down, up and down, up… you turned the water off from under the sink. Easy enough. You turn them both on, flip the faucet handle and water is coming out… from every possible way it can find an opening. Base, center ring, front of faucet handle, back of faucet handle… WTF!!! You turn it off from under the sink; you go in the other room and call a plumber. What should have taken 20 minutes and cost a buck or two is now going to go into day two costing $150. There are two rings inside the faucet that need to be adjusted to precisely together whenever the faucet is taken apart. This is usually a second or two of playing with. Now, you have two Eljer sinks, two Eljer toilets (try and get a handle that fits properly for one of these tanks. Plan on taking some vacation time from work) and two Eljer showers and tubs to go that all leak. You got a decision to make man. So it’s been three weeks and though you used two credit cards and are a few G’s in the hole, this new brand you bought and had installed works perfect! All this because of a couple of little rubber round things with a couple of minute slinky’s that were to go inside each one. Then to FIND Eljer replacement products is next to impossible. Look at the picture. THIS IS 1959 and I am certain we as a country had toilet paper available for purchase back then. No, this is one item that did not have to be made by Eljer. By the way, I was told no OEM available for Eljer replacement parts. This is nuts. Well, where the TP should be there is a towel ring and towel. That is about as much as I want to know about that. Maybe at one point in time this was a great product. If you have them and they work, keep them. If they are faulty and you were to ask me, replace with a new and different brand. Life is too short. We’re creating FashionLoo’s that people can relax in, enjoy, experience the comfort and ambiance of art, decor, sounds… this is what the bathroom was intended for.

FashionLoo’s pick #2

What can be said about this Loo that it isn't already saying.

This Loo says it all. Whatever it is that you need, want, must have, must do, anything at all that seems important will understandably have to take a seat in the other room while the Loo takes care of you. I could live in this room without hesitation. This Loo by far, is the most beautiful I have yet to see. Everyone should have at least one bathroom that will give them what this one can. The world would be in a much better place if this were possible. Now keep in mind, beauty, art, things we crave, our necessities to our pleasures in life be they big, be they small… they are constantly changing. And they should. This is what keeps our muscle beating that we call heart. Art and heart are synonymous. They correspond with one another, they are compatible and the two truly are one and the same. This is why we can go from this as being a masterpiece that can never be replaced to…

And the FashionLoo number 1 pick for this week is…

This Loo will build character and tell you story after story while giving you a lesson in how to be humble. From everyday that is on the calendar from past, there is a tale full of richness from happy beginnings to sad endings. From a simple idea turned brilliant, to a shattered broken old man who has nowhere to go, no one to go to, an unwed Mother of three, no job nor skills, no money supply, the runaway teen who spent the night, cold and shivering, full of fright. The doper the dealer hook this one for free, he\’ll be back and then he belongs to me. The abortions, the sick, a few stopped for rest, today is no different, than any other test. The pauper of pills, cleaned up for a job, but it all kicked in and all was long gone. Or, none of this happened, the owner of the service station was a drunk and never bothered to clean the restroom. Those who dared to open the door found the smell so wretched that they turned to the desert willing to take their chances with rattlesnakes.

Bonus; Success begets Success…

FashionLoo, our original store still operating strong thanks to our faithful clients!

Success seems to follow us no matter what we do. As a result we have opened our second store, FashionLoo-Two. This store will focus mostly on high end accessories with a European influence. FashionLoo-Two will function as a showroom only. All orders will first be sent directly to the showroom for our thorough inspection within 24 hrs of arrival. After inspection clears item then can be shipped directly to you via UPS (additional fee depending on size/weight of item), delivered directly to your home by FashionLoo-Two (additional fee depending on size and weight of item) or you may schedule a day when you would like to come in and pick up (no charge). Any item left at showroom for more than 30 days will be sold at our retail store for full retail price. Original customer will not receive a refund of any type which includes selecting an item of equal value. These customers ordering anything for a second time will still pay for item in full at time of ordering. In addition to this a processing fee of 50% cost of item will be required and is non-refundable if item is not picked up. If item is picked up within 30 days the processing fee only will be returned in full. If you do not agree with any part of the aforementioned policy then by all means, please take your business to a chain store. Chain stores have a no questions asked 100% return policy that often gets repeated business. Maybe it’s just me but I wonder if there is a difference in quality between China and Europe. Just curious. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon at FashionLoo-Two!