I don't know about you, but I like waking up in the morning. The start of a new day brings to mind the promise of what could happen that day. The problems of yesterday are behind you, and you feel more ready than ever to look at what needs to be done the next day.
But you can't think when you first get up. Waking up after a long night's sleep needs a few things; caffeine, a newspaper, and, oh yes, a shower.
A shower to clear away the problems of the previous day, a shower to cleanse the body in preparation for the next day, and yes, a shower that will help you sort out your thoughts as the dilemmas and idiotic crap that you have to deal with become totally meaningless and go down the drain with the bad germ stuff.
The smooth transition from sleepiness to wakefulness is made much easier with a shower in the morning. I'm too sleepy to piddle around with water temperature in the early morning.
That's one of the worst things about baths; if you stay in there for more than five minutes, it quickly gets too cold. This after you just spent three minutes stepping in because it was too hot. In a shower, generally they'll stay the same temperature for about 15 minutes, then, if you want it warmer, you turn the hot water hotter, or whatever. I prefer consistency in the early morning.
There are many reasons why I prefer them to baths, not the least of which is the cleanliness issue. A bath leaves the muck and icky stuff floating all around you in a germ stew. Showers let them, nay, force them to go down the drain. Who wants a bunch of dirty, ugly water around them as they are trying to 'get clean'? I sure as hell can't see the point of it. Where's the cleanliness?
As for actual washing, have you ever tried to actually wash yourself in a bath? It's damn near impossible. Washing the back of your legs is something only contortionists must be able to do, but in a shower all you have to do is turn and bend in order to wash them. About the only thing it's easier to wash in a bath is the floor, because of the displacement of water if you dare move around in the tub.
As for washing your hair in a bath, forget it. If you're like me, you like your shampoo, then your conditioner. If you're trying to do that in a bath, I guarantee you that you're going to leave some of that in your hair. And your toes. And your nose. And everything else that's in contact with the water. If you leave it until the end of the bath, you might as well not have washed your hair at all.
Hair care in a shower is much more straightforward. You put in the shampoo, wait a couple of seconds, wash it out, put in conditioner, wait a minute (or whatever, depending on the kind of conditioner), then rinse. Simple, no? No buckets, no holding your breath underwater, no shampoo up your nose.
Could you imagine starting your day with water up your nose, and an unclean, dirty body that's been cooked in your own filth? Some people actually do this, and like to go on and on about how great they are.
But enough bath-bashing from me; enough tub-thumping. Let's go back to what's so good about showers and why they are a cut above baths, and that is everything. In terms of cleanliness, wake-up ability, and general convenience, showers are much better for you.
If you have read this far, and if you come to our office and say "I liked 'showering' with Corey," he will give you a prize if you're one of the first ten people in our office. That is, if you've showered first.