Pushing On at the World Toilet Summit

It's the second full day of the conference and I'm on my lunch break.  It's not technically a break because I could be showing myself around an ENORMOUS exposition of wires, pipes, pumps, tubes, boilers, grates, purifiers--anything and everything that touches water in your home or office--it's here.  I'm also getting a chance to meet representatives from all major toilet manufacturers, and a few I didn't know existed.  It is, in a word: shmoozetastic. It's also very strange, and wonderful.  Perhaps most exciting to me has been the opportunity to come into somewhat intimate contact with lots of "facilities."  Because they're all clean and have never been used, I've delighted in the subversive feeling one gets by sticking his hand into a urinal, or resting his head against a toilet seat. More pictures of that coming soon...

There's also a lot of serious stuff going on here, humorous though it may at times be.  I spent the morning learning about innovative, ecological toilet designs at home and abroad, and also sat in on a session aimed at explaining how those at the bottom of the economic pyramid nonetheless offer enormous opportunities for businesses interested in working in water and sanitation services.  Very excited for the follow-up session this afternoon.

I must leave you now; I'm chomping at the bit to get back into that expo.  What can I say?  I'm ready for my close-up...