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Romantic Movies That Featured a Porcelain Clawfoot or Pedestal Bathtub Scene


By Kerry Knight
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The British author John Galsworthy once wrote, “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” When you think about it, the same could be said for a physical substance we humans can’t live without: water  Embrace to the two and you’ve a potent mix for romance … especially in the bathtub. 

If you’re a fan of romantic dramas or comedy films, you have probably seen segments featuring an amorous bathroom scene in a huge porcelain Clawfoot or Pedestal tub.  You have to admit, these elegant bathing beauties are a perfect setting for love.  In this segment of Tub Talk, we will visit several of the best romantic movies that featured these tubs.  Here are some of my favorites: 
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Pretty Woman.  Who can forget the great roles Richard Gere and Julia Roberts played in this film? The 1990 movie, set in Los Angeles, is about a wealthy businessman named Edward, who is on a business trip.  (By the way, Roy Orbison’s song, “Pretty Woman,” helped popularize the movie.  Gere’s character needs an escort to accompany him to some social events, so hires a beautiful prostitute.  There are a couple of classic scenes in the bathtub.  The first has Roberts listening to her Sony Walkman and singing in the bathtub.  The second scene has Roberts holding Gere in the tub as he leans back against her, relaxing from a fast-paced business life that he hates.  She becomes his great escape.  Roberts was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress; won the Golden Globes; with Gere being nominated for the Golden Globes.  The film won “Best Comedy” in the People’ Choice Awards.  You might rename the movie, “Falling in Love in the Tub.”

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Pillow Talk.  This film goes back a few decades, in 1959.  Rock Hudson and Doris Day were ideal in this giddy comedy about two people who share a party phone line (Boy, is this one dated.)  Hudson played a successful songwriter and Day was an interior decorator.  Their early phone conversations are rather cool and apathetic.  He pictures her as some jealous old maid.  Seemingly every time she picks up the phone to use it, he’s trying to sing some new love song to one of his admiring females. The bathtub scene is classic, even by today’s standards as we see them both (through the use of split screen), in their separate rooms and bathtubs, talking to each other on the phone.  As Hudson finds out just how beautiful and charming Day’s character is their romance begins to blossom. 
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Out of Sight, featuring with Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, was released in 1998.  There was tremendous chemistry between these two principal actors.  Steven Soderbergh, the brilliant director, lights the bathtub scene with a soft red glow.  Sure, it’s only a dream, but the scene in which Lopez’ character, U.S. Marshall, Karen Sisco, climbs into the bathtub, fully clothed and wearing  high heels, with career criminal Jack Foley (played by Clooney), absolutely radiates with sexual heat and sophistication.

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It’s Complicated was released in 2009, starring Steve Marin, Meryl Streep and Alex Baldwin.  While attending their son’s graduation, a divorced couple (Streep and Baldwin) reignites the spark in their prior relationship.  The only problem is, they’re now divorced and Baldwin’s character has already married a younger woman.  Baldwin and Streep ignore the fact they were once married to each other before engaging in a torrid affair and fall in love all over again.  The scene by the bathtub illustrates how much Baldwin likes the changes that Streep has made in her life.  Jake says, “I’m so glad you stopped doing bikini waxes.  You’ve gone native.”  It is a laugh a minute with great performances by all. 

attending their son’s graduation, a divorced couple (Streep and Baldwin) reignites the spark in their prior relationship.

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The Reader, released in 2008, starred Kate Winslet, who won an Oscar and Golden Globes for “Best Actress.” The movie is set in post-World War II Germany.  A young man has an affair with an older woman, and does not see her again for many years.  They reunite as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.  During the earlier time of seduction, he reads to her while they take a bath together in a Clawfoot tub.  Somehow it seems to bring her out of an emotional fog.

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The Notebook was a real crowd favorite back in 2005, based on a popular novel by Nicholas Sparks.  James Garner, who plays the aged version of Ryan Gosling, was nominated for an Oscar for his role.  Gena Rowlands, who plays the aged version of Rachel McAdams, won the Golden Satellite Award for “Best Actress” in a supporting role.  And both Gosling and McAdams won a Movie MTV Award for “best kiss.”  The bathtub scene is purely romantic, as the two lovers fight against all odds to spend their lives together.
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Splash. Back in the mid-80s, this film became one of the most successful box office releases of the romantic comedy genre. It starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.  Hanks played a man who is saved from drowning by a real-life mermaid.  They, of course, fall in love and the comedy is endless.  She’s able to function as a normal human female on land, for a while, but the fun begins when she’s taking a bath as a mermaid and Hanks wants to come into the bathroom.  This bathtub scene is priceless.
In all of these movie selections, one prop stands out above all others: the bathtub.  It allows the actors to present their emotional vulnerability as well as their seductive playfulness.  These Clawfoot and Pedestal bathtub beauties will always remind us of some of the greatest romantic movies of all time.
In this article, I talked about and featured some of the most memorable bathtub scenes in major romantic comedy films. I discussed some of the plot scenarios, mentioned the leading actors, listed key awards and nominations, described some of the bathroom scenes, and more. 
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Alan and Kerry Knight are owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.

  
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Five Ways to Appreciate Your Parents During Thanksgiving


By Kerry Knight
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No, I’m not going to preach a sermon.  We’ll leave that to the priests, bishops, rabbis, deacons and other leaders of worship.  But I do want to say a few things about taking action instead of uttering a mere words.

Unfortunately, not all parents deserve to wear the T-shirts that say, “World’s Greatest Dad,” or “World’s Greatest Mom.”  There is much variation in the parenting skills among individuals.  Some do a great job of instilling good character, strong work ethics, a passion for education, persistence to achieve, and a sense of patriotism and civic-mindedness.  On the other hand, many should never have become parents in the first place.  Thankfully, this number is in the minority.
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During the Thanksgiving holiday, let me suggest a few ways you might genuinely show your appreciation to your parents.   H. Jackson Brown wrote, “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do.” Don’t that statement pertain to your relationship with your parents and other loved ones.

As our parents age, giving them our time might be the most precious gift of all.  As parents reach their golden years, personal companionship with loved ones and friends becomes vitally important.  This is especially true if one parent has lost their mate.  Children and grandchildren may be their only family left.  Many grown children are content to send their parents’ money, pay for their assisted living home, or pay someone else to spend time with their senior parents.  But is this really what they need?  Their golden years can be awfully lonely.  Instead of calling your parents on the phone to say, “I love you,” why not make a surprise visit, for no reason, except to show them how much you care.
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Take your parents to one of their favorite places.  Maybe it’s a restaurant offering their favorite menu items, or shopping at the local mall. Yes, it may be inconvenient and difficult.  They may have to be helped into the automobile.  They might require you to help them with their walker or even their wheelchair.  Or maybe there’s a favorite activity you can share, such as playing cards, making music, cooking, playing with their grandchildren, etc.  Sure, it might be time consuming and a slow ordeal for you, but what is it worth to them?  Mark Twain once said, “Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.”

Reminisce with them about the past.  Many seniors spend a lot of time thinking about the past.  That’s where their world is.  The present may be too painful for them to contemplate, and the future uncertain.  Memory can be a wonderful thing.  If their mind is still sharp, they may surprise you with what they can recall.  Strangely enough, even with dementia, many seniors can recall details of the past that will astound you.  Why not pull down some old photo albums and recreate some special memories with them.  It will take your time, but think about what you are doing for them.  “The pleasure of remembering has been taken from me, because there was no one left to remember with,” writes John Green. Don’t let this describe the situation with your parent(s). 
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Invite them over for the holidays.  Nothing is worse than spending the holidays with strangers or worse yet, alone.  If your parents don’t live with you, you should invite them to your home for important holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years, etc.  Take them shopping to buy gifts during the giving season.  The budget is not important, it’s the activity itself.  What a great way to say, “I love you,” in deeds not words.  Having mom or dad to sit around the fireplace with grown children, kids, grandkids, and other close family members are priceless.  They will feel loved.  Having somewhere to go is a home away from home.  Having someone to love is family.  Having both is a true blessing.

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If you’re buying a gift for your parents, purchase something that really makes a statement about how much you care about them and their well-being.  I’m not talking about a shawl, fruitcake, a pair of pajamas or even a tablet.  How about something that will give them a better quality of life?  For example, my own mother has fallen many times.  Each time makes her weaker and more susceptible to falling again.  Statistics show that falls can cause serious head trauma, especially in seniors, and maybe even death.   
 
Two of the greatest innovations to come along in recent years to create a safer environment for seniors, especially in the dangerous bathroom area, are Walk-in Tubs and the Safety Shower Suites.  Each system has specific safety and ergonomic features designed for seniors and those who may have mobility issues. 
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Importantly, both the Walk-in Tub and Safety Suite Showers allow your beloved senior to bathe without assistance.  Each state-of-the-art product is specifically designed for easy access and egress, so your parent can feel secure as they enter and exist their bathing area.  Both products are specifically designed for safety by providing grab bars at strategically located areas to facilitate movement inside the bathing environment.  Both have special, non-slip surfaces. The Walk-in tub has a non-slip seat and the Safety Suite Shower has a variety of different non-slip seating configurations you can choose from.  Our new Safety Suite Showers can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and makes it easy for those with less mobility to get in and out of the shower.
For additional information about Walk-in Tubs, check out some of our previous blogs, including: “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Walk-in Tub,” “The Number One Question Asked About Walk-in Tubs,” and others. 
For more information about out new Safety Suite Showers, read “What’s New in Showers? Sophistication Today, Safety Tomorrow.” 
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Tub King’s Walk-in Tubs and Safety Suite Showers both have proven to help seniors in so many ways.  Wouldn’t this be a perfect way to show your love and appreciation to your parents?  Family is not just about saying, “I love you,” it’s about who is willing to hold someone’s hand when they need it the most.
In this article, I mentioned several different ways you can show your aging parents how much you care and appreciate them, including the gift of a safe bathroom and bathing experience.  Ensuring they’re safe and can still maintain dignity and privacy while bathing themselves is one way to do it. Walk-in Tubs and Safety Shower Suites are the perfect gifts to show your parent(s) they’re foremost in your heart. 
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It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.   
On behalf of all of us at Tub King, here’s wishing you, your parents, and all your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. 
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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How to Make Your Home a Safer Place for Seniors


                                        
By Kerry Knight
Ah … Home, sweet home. We normally think that once we arrive home after a day at the office, or shopping, or traveling, or just out-and-about that “we’re back home, safe and sound.”
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Yet accidents can and do happen anywhere in our homes and apartments. You can trip and fall down the stairs. You can open a closet or cabinet and have an object fall on you. The list is of potential home accidents is long and oftentimes disconcerting. 
In the United States, injury is the leading cause of death among children and young adults and nearly half of these accidents occur in the home, according to the National Safety Council.  That same group states that in 2002, there were more than 33,000 deaths and eight million disabling injuries that occurred in the home.  That makes one death every 16 minutes and one disabling home injury every four seconds.  When it comes to injury and death in home accidents, the leading culprits are falls, toxins and suffocation by ingested objects or smoke inhalation.  Poisoning is the number one cause of death, which claimed the lives of 12,500 in 2002 alone in the United States.   
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What are the two most dangerous rooms in your house?  While accidents can happen anywhere, there are a couple of rooms that create greater chances for an accident than others.  What are the two most dangerous rooms in your house?  One is the kitchen.  The other is the bathroom. 

Each year in this country, more than 100,000 people go to the hospital due to a scalding injury.  This can happen in the kitchen or the bath.  Hot water alone causes 3,800 injuries and 34 deaths each year in the U.S.  Water boils at 212° Fahrenheit.  It only takes a little more than one second of skin contact with 150°F degree water to create third-degree burns. 
Case in point: A couple of years ago, I was getting some gourmet soup out of the microwave when the plastic lid popped off, causing the scalding cream of portabella mushroom soup to pour on to my right forearm and hand.  Did it ever hurt! I ended up going to the ER that night because I was in such pain. I was lucky, though. One of the ER docs had told me I’d lose dexterity in my fingers due to scar tissue, but that never happened.  Yet even today, if you look closely, you can still see some visible scars. 
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Did you know that dull kitchen knives are actually more dangerous than sharp ones. Why?  Because they are more likely to slip while applying pressure.

Modern gas ranges are a little safer than they were 50 years ago. But even cooking and baking ware can become dangerous. For example, a glass casserole dish left on the range top can explode, jettisoning sharp shards of glass and hot food stuffs everywhere.  Harmful cleaning products under the sink can put children (and pets) at risk. Even sinks and faucets can become dangerous if the water temperature is set too high. I have a neighbor who burned her hand while doing the dishes. 
There is also an invisible killer in the kitchen – bacteria.  Cross-contamination with raw chicken is a known culprit.  Wiping down table tops and counter tops with the same cloth can spread contaminants.  The worse might be the sponge you keep near or in the kitchen sink.  E-coli and salmonella are more common than you think. (Change your sponge often.) 
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The bathroom offers its own set of harmful conditions.  In addition to having the hot water gauge set too high, causing one to burn themselves while using the sink, shower or bathtub, by its very design material-wise, the bathroom can be a formidable environment. Think about it: almost every surface in the bathroom is hard and unyielding.  If one were to fall and hit a part of their body, particularly their face and head on the edge of the sink, toilet, bathtub, shelf, even the edge of a towel rack, a serious injury may ensue. 

Mirrors and other items such as cups and glass containers (for cotton, Q-tips, etc.) can break to become a dangerous lacerating object. My cousin once inadvertently knocked the overhead light fixture near the sink with her hair brush.  It broke into numerous shards of glass, which came raining down on her … a potentially dangerous accident. 
While we often think of falls in the bathroom as an issue only for the elderly, it’s a problem we all face daily.  A slippery surface combined with wet and soapy conditions can lead to a fall and injury for anyone, regardless of age.  According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, nearly a quarter of a million Americans age 15 and older fall in the bathroom every year.  That’s a staggering number when you consider just how much a bad fall can ruin your life. For example:
  • In 2010, direct medical costs related to falls were $30 billion.
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  • One out of every three adults aged 65 and older fall every year.

  • In 2010, 2.3 million fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms.
Even with all these sobering statistics, most people are reluctant to install grab bars in the bathroom.  Perhaps that’s because of pride, vanity or stubbornness. After all, no one wants their home to look like an institutionalized hospital room.

But there is some good news … One of the newest and best-received innovations of the last 12 years is the Walk-in Bathtub.  This one invention solves many problems related to safety and independent care, especially for seniors.  These freestanding tubs are attractive and are sturdily built.  Made of shiny marine-grade fiberglass with gel coat on a stainless steel frame, they can be placed in the same spot where your old drop-in bathtub once stood.  They come with beautiful chrome faucet, controls, drain, overflow and a hand-held shower sprayer.  One real positive feature ― and one that significantly increases the safety factor of any bathroom ― is the Walk-in Tub’s watertight door.  You can get in and out of the tub easily through its wide door that seals perfectly and its threshold step is a mere six inches high.  

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You can fill the tub to cover your back while seated and bathe yourself, without help from anyone else.  It also has a chrome grab bar inside the tub to assist the occupant in getting up and down.  In addition to its low-threshold access and egress, the slip-resistant floor and seat also add to the safety aspect of the tub.  The seat is normally ADA compliant (17 inches, which means there’s little or no strain on the back. 
As far as other features go, you can add air-jetted hydrotherapy and water jet massage to the features, along with an inline heater to keep the water warm. Someone once commented to me, “This Walk-in Tub is like an amusement park for bathing.”  The important thing is the Walk-in Tub helps tremendously by making the bathtub area and the bathroom-at-large safer.
There are many things that can be done to make your home a safer place, not only for seniors, but for everyone.  Take the time to do an inventory of how you can make improvements. And keep in mind that one of the best investments you can make for your own safety (or for someone you love) is to invest in a Walk-in Tub.
In this article, I discussed some of the inherent dangers and accidents that can frequently happen in one’s own home. I pointed out that the kitchen and bathroom are potentially the two most dangerous rooms in the house and why. I also explained why obtaining a Walk-in Tub greatly enhances the safety of one’s bathroom, and gave an overview of its safety features and advantages. 
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If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here. Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.  Happy Thanksgiving! 
 
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Walk-in Tub


By Kerry Knight
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How do you know when it’s the right time to buy something? When it’s on sale? Is it based on new or special features? The right color, technology or other factors? Or maybe it’s the right time to buy a product because its time has come?
One of the best innovations to enter the market place in the last ten years is the Walk-in Tub.  For years, senior citizens and younger adults with mobility challenges had to depend upon traditional bathtubs for bathing.  This was creating problems.  The statistics for falling in the bathroom had become a major health issue, one that was garnering much discussion.  In 2011 a report came out that stated, “Over 80% of injuries in the bathroom were caused by falls.”  Reports also said that women were 72% more likely to fall than men.  According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, and especially fractures or head trauma.  In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25% greater chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip.
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It’s a fact: the Walk-in Tub provides a much safer alternative in the bathroom to a regular tub with a high threshold. Instead having to lift the leg 12 inches or more across the rim of a normal drop-in tub, they have an easy six-inch threshold to traverse. Now, after several years of being available in the U.S., the Walk-in Tub has become an advent for greater safety in the bathroom.  And there has never been a better time to get one.  Why?  Read on.

Today’s Walk-in Tubs are better made.  Just as with any new product, there must be time to shake out all the bugs in the system.  That means after ten years, these tubs just function better than their original prototypes. Initially, the structure of the tub was not as durable.  Most were made of thin fiberglass, and the supportive frame was lacking.  Today, the better Walk-in Tubs are made of acrylic or better yet, Marine-grade fiberglass.  That’s the same material you find in a ski boat, which is significantly more durable. Plus, the better frames now are made of stainless steel. That means the frame will not rust, it is lighter weight and just as durable and rugged as pure steel.
Today’s Walk-in Tubs are available in a variety of sizes. Let’s face it, people are not all the same size, so the Walk-in Tubs should be available in sizes to fit the person buying it.  Smaller size Walk-in Tubs enable them to fit through doors in the house without having to do major remodeling.  And for larger sized individuals, or those who may have to manipulate themselves out of and into a wheelchair after bathing, the doors on the tubs are wider today, thus making entry a lot easier.
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Today’s Walk-in Tubs have more features available to enhance the benefits of water therapy. The air-jetted hydrotherapy system creates thousands of micro-bubbles in the tub that positively affect the entire body.  They stimulate the skin and nourish it, creating a gentle massage as the bubbles burst against the skin.  It makes for a tremendous rejuvenation of the body.  Keep in mind that your body weighs 90% less when submerged in water, easing pressure on joints, ligaments and muscles that don’t normally receive relief. Another system that can be purchased today is the water-jetted massage system. This allows for larger jet ports that are adjustable. You can specifically target parts of your body that need therapeutic attention.  The adjustable jets can alter both direction and pressure to reach the maximum comfort level, whether you are treating your back, hips, arms, legs or feet.  

 Another feature is the inline heater. This is a way to keep the water warm while you’re bathing.  It doesn’t continue to increase the temperature (which would eventually become uncomfortable), but rather maintains a comfortable temperature throughout the bathing experience.
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The Walk-in Tub’s safety features have never been better. Not only is there a low entry point or
threshold in entering and exiting the tub (around six inches), there are many other safety features to enhance the tub. The floor and seat are typically slip-resistant.  There is also a grab bar located across from the door on the inside wall of the tub to make it easier for getting up and down.  The seat is normally ADA-compliant (17 inches) so that there is no unnecessary strain on the back.  The hand-held shower sprayer allows one to rinse off while sitting and is within easy reach, just like the faucet and other controls.  Today, everything about the tub speaks to the point of safety and ergonomics.

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Our Walk-in Tub’s prices have never been lower. I know, there are many companies out there who still charge ridiculous prices for the Walk-in Tub, but there are a few, like Tub King, Inc., which has made these tubs affordable for everyone.  I receive emails constantly from potential customers saying, “Why are some firms charging $10,000 to $15,000 for the same Walk-in Tub that you sell for less than $3,000?”  Of course they’re wondering if there’s something defective about a Walk- in Tub that’s priced so low.  It has nothing to do with higher price/better quality.  The answer lies in how companies choose to market their products.  Some companies are content to sell fewer tubs (less hassle for them) while marking the price up.  Others, (like Tub King, Inc.) would rather sell more volume, thus helping more people obtain their tub at a lower more affordable price.
There has never been a better time to own a Walk-in Tub.  Not only does it help with safety in the bathroom, creating independence so that you don’t have to depend on others while performing your own personal hygiene maintenance, relaxing the body, and soothing aching muscles, it can also help with many medical conditions.  
One article listed the following areas that might be helped by regular hydrotherapy sessions in a Walk-in Tub:
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  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Balance Challenges
  • Bronchitis
  • Chest Congestion
  • Colds
  • Diabetes
  • Fibrosis
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Insomnia
  • Joints
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbago
  • Muscle and Nerve Concerns
  • Poor Circulation
  • Rheumatism
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Stress
  • Varicose Veins
As I mentioned above, there has never been a better time to purchase a Walk-in Tub.  No reason to wait.  You can get a well-equipped Walk-in Tub at a great price and utilize a professional installer, your own plumber, or maybe even your own skills to install the tub.  Most Walk-in tubs will fit right in the spot where you have a bathtub now.  
Maybe it’s time to stop reading about it, and take the next step.  Your body, mind and spirit will thank you. 
In this article, I listed several reasons why now is the best time ever to buy a Walk-in Tub.  Today’s models have new and improved design features since they were first introduced about a decade ago. Several upgrades have been made to improve their already high safety standards. Also, new features have been added to provide additional health benefits.
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.

Why are Birthday Cakes Round … and Porcelain Tubs Oblong?


By Kerry Knight
Have you ever wondered how the tradition of the birthday cake originated?  
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Believe it or not, it was in ancient Greece. Within the temple of Artemis, who was the Greek’s Goddess of the Moon, worshippers would bring honey cakes to honor the goddess, in the round shape of the moon. They would also place one or more candles on the cake to represent the light reflected from the moon.  

The tradition didn’t reappear in historical records until the Middle Ages in Europe where the Germans were given credit for the first “birthday cake.”  Young children were awakened on their birthday and presented with the round cake.  Only in this tradition, the candles represented the light of life.  The child was told to make a wish, then blow out the candles.  If they revealed their wish to anyone, the wish wouldn’t come true.   Likewise, if they failed to blow out all the candles, the wish would fail.   
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Unfortunately, there’s no solid precedence as to how this part of the tradition got started.  But that’s the way it is with many traditions; they continue to get embellished with more folklore, customs and various and practices as the years pass.

Now, if you want to get mischievous and break an age-old tradition, bake a triagnular cake.  But just remember, Artemis may not like that.

Why Oblong Tubs? 

Birthday cakes are round (okay, sometimes rectangular), porcelain tubs are oblong.  Yes, there are round bathtubs, rectangular ones, square ones, but most of them are oblong.  There’s a reason.  The beautiful cast iron and porcelain tubs that date back to the Victorian period were created not just for bathing, but also for comfort. And here, the oblong shape did the trick.  
Several popular styles were created: 
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The Traditional Roll Top is the style that most people have seen and most of today’s seniors remember.  The tubs had a slope on one end for reclining and the flat end for the plumbing fixtures.  When they came along, they replaced a wash bowl and pitcher, which most of our pioneer families used to “wash up” (see our previous blog, “Bathtubs in the Old West.”)  Submerging in warm water was a luxury that few enjoyed.  If there was a creek or pond nearby, that was your bathtub.  During winter months bathing was more marginal.  There were a few metal tubs, like tin or zinc, but most people just went without bathing.  No wonder they were eager for spring time to arrive. Spring cleaning also entailed being able to take a long-needed bath.  
The Slipper Tub offered a taller, sloped end to give a more dramatic sweep to the tub.  It was a huge success and had the look of a foot Slipper.  The plumbing end was rounded.  This elegant shape became popular among the aristocracy of France and England.  There was typically no plumbing involved.  Servants would heat water over an open fire and then carry pails of hot water and fill the tub.  They would continue to bring more hot water as the water began to cool.  That’s because those thin metal tubs would not keep the water warm for very long.
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The Dual-Ended Tub had a slope on both ends, so that the bather could choose either end for reclining.  This tub became an object of beauty and was a tub that was often displayed in the open.  It was also handy if two people chose to use it at the same time.
The Double Slipper Tub had the high slope on both ends of the tub with the drain and faucet centered in the middle of the tub.  It was by far the most elegant, gracious, and beautiful of all the designs.  This masterpiece of bathtub design was only used by the wealthiest.
There is one thing they all had in common: they were all oblong- shaped, designed for comfort.  The bather could lean back and relax in warm water for a longer period of time.

 A Bath a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


Along with the obvious comforts of luxuriating and relaxing in a nice warm bath, there were/are also definitive health benefits.  In addition to making one less odiferous, regular cleaning of our skin helps keep it healthy. Considering that our skin is the largest functioning “organ” of the human body, that’s a good thing. 
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In fact, warm water soaking has been a therapy since the beginning of recorded history. During more primitive times, warm water was thought to carry curative properties. The bath houses of ancient Greece and ancient Rome are a testament to that.  Many would come there to treat almost any malady.  The ruins of these bath houses are still being unearthed by archaeologists in many places throughout the world.
Today, we’re finding more and more advantages to using warm water to treat a plethora of human conditions.  Relaxing in an oblong-shaped tub can help with:
  • Poor circulation
  • Chronic back pain
  • Joint discomfort
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia

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In addition to helping you live better, water treatment may help you live longer. “Just sitting in hot water up to your neck aids cardiovascular health,” says Bruce E. Becker, M.D., clinical professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.  He adds, “The ultimate purpose of the heart as an organ is to pump blood in response to physiological demand, so its best measure of performance is volume of blood pumped per unit of time.  Immediately after a person is immersed in a tub or pool, water begins to exert pressure on the body.  Cardiac volume increases by nearly one-third with immersion to the neck.”  Simply put, this means your heart gets a cardiovascular kick start just from sitting in a warm tub; this does not occur when you’re sedentary and dry.  Hydrotherappy can also be beneficial for certain pets such as dogs, and if you can find one like “Soggy Moggy,” even cats (see “Related Articles” below).

Since the body weighs less in the water, it takes the strain off injured or worn out parts of the body.  The warm water then relaxes and soothes aching or tired muscles and joints.  Just lean back in one of these porcelain tubs, and you’ll be tempted to fall asleep.
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So porcelain tubs are oblong-shaped for your body’s comfort and your overall health.  They disappeared from the public about 75 years ago, but are now making a resplendent comeback. We regularly ship these tubs throughout North America and beyond.

Tub King, Inc. offers these beautiful Roll Top, Slipper Tubs, Double Slippers, and Dual-ended styles today at fantastic prices.  The cast iron exterior speaks to their durability.  The porcelain interior is a testament to their beauty.  We can also custom-color the tub’s exterior and interior for your specific interior design needs. 
We now have a new exterior painting process, which we proudly call our “Artisan Series” (see our previous blog “Are You Looking for a Bathtub That Really Stands Out?”) These feature the ever-popular Slipper tubs in elegant Hammered Copper and Hammered Steel models. 
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In this article, I talked about the history of the beloved birthday cake and the advent of oblong bathtubs. Ialso discussed several different porcelain tub shapes and touched upon some of the many benefits that can be obtained from sitting in a warm, oblong-shaped bathtub.

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Color Calling Your Bathtub


By Alan Knight
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Roses are red, violets are blue. How you color your bathroom is up to you.
Color and lighting can influence how people perceive and respond to the areas around them.  By decorating your bathroom and bathtub in particular color schemes, you can tailor this most private room to reflect and/or enhance certain moods.  You can also utilize different techniques to stimulate your moods such as changing the ambient lighting and/or coloring the bath water when luxuriating in a warm, soothing bath. 
Before looking at the various colors and associated moods and feelings they can imbue, as well as discussing ways to take advantage of this phenomenon in your bathroom, let’s take a brief look at how we perceive color, as well as the history of humankind’s understanding of color.  

The Eyes Have It

 

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Did you know the retina inside our eyes is actually considered to be part of the brain? It’s covered by

millions of light-sensitive cells, called photoreceptors. Some of these are shaped like rods (which perceive black and white). Other cells are shaped like cones (which perceive color). These receptors act as transistors that process light waves into nerve impulses and, via the optic nerve, send them to the brain’s cortex region. Most of us have six to seven million cones, and almost all of them are concentrated in a 0.3 millimeter spot on the retina called the fovea centralis. Thus, working together, our eyes and brain translate light waves into colors.

Red, green and blue are the additive primary colors of the color spectrum. Combining balanced amounts of them also produces pure white. By varying the amount of red, green and blue light, all of the colors in the visible spectrum can be produced. Think of all the colors out there; the majority of us can see/perceive about one million different colors. However, based on our genetic structure, some of can see more, others less.  And to think, these millions of hues are made from just red, green and blue. 
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Take teal for example, one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ primary colors. It’s a mixture of medium blue and dark cyan. How do I know this? Because one of our customers had us custom-color a Clawfoot tub for them consisting of a teal interior, a black exterior and ornate clawfoot legs of gold.

Something to Reflect Upon

 

It was the English mathematician and physicist, Sir Isaac Newton ― more about him later ― who discovered that color is not inherent in objects.  Rather, the surface of an object absorbs some colors and reflects others, which are then perceived by the human eye.
Take for example the famous red apple that led Newton to formulate his famous theory of gravitation. Red is not “in” the apple.  The skin of the apple reflects the wavelengths that we perceive as red, while absorbing all the other lightwaves.  A white bathtub, for example, reflects all the wavelengths, whereas one that absorbs all the wavelengths will appear black.   
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History of Color Theory

 

The study and usage of color is thousands of years old, much older than the creation of bathtubs in Europe.  In China, Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”) was developed over 3,500 years before the invention of the magnetic compass, originating in Chinese astronomy.  Essentially Feng Shui is an in-depth system and school of thought that deals how to arrange and balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.  Feng Shui concerns itself with the energy or “chi” of a given space.  In this ancient system, colors are comprised of and can also reflect specific energies and moods.   
Centuries later in Europe, the Italian architect, poet, priest, and linguist, Leone Battista Alberti (circa 1435) and the now-venerated Leonardo da Vinci (circa 1490) both wrote about “color theory” principles.  Three hundred years later, Newton’s theory of color was espoused in his book, “Optiks,” which was published in 1704. 
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Newton also developed the very first color wheel, wherein he divided sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan and blue beams. He then joined the two ends of the color spectrum to depict the natural progression of colors. Interestingly, Newton associated each color with a corresponding note of the musical scale. What color is your favorite music?

Nearly a century following Newton, Johann Wolfgang Goethe began studying psychological effect of colors.  He observed that blue induced a feeling of coolness and yellow had a warming effect. Goethe and Johann Christoph Friedrich von Shiller created the “rose of temperaments” (Temperamenten-Rose) in 1798, to depict the psychological effect and attributes of colors. These colors were then divided into two principal groups, the plus side (red, orange, yellow) and minus side, (green, violet, blue). Plus side colors were said to produce excitement and cheerfulness, whereas colors on the minus side were said to be associated with weakness and unsettled feelings. Their diagram matched 12 different colors to character traits and occupations, which were grouped in the four “temperaments” as espoused by the Greek physician, Hippocrates: 
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  • Choleric (red/orange/yellow): tyrants, heroes, adventurers
  • Sanguine (yellow/green/cyan) hedonists, lovers, poets
  • Phlegmatic (cyan/blue/violet): public speakers, historians, teachers
  • Melancholic (violet/magenta/red): philosophers, pedants, rulers
The current form of color theory was developed by Johannes Itten, a Swiss color and art theorist who was teaching at the School of Applied Arts in Weimar, Germany. This school is also known as “Bauhaus.”  Itten developed what he called “color chords” and modified Newton’s color wheel. Itten’s color wheel is based on red, yellow, and blue colors as the primary “triad” (borrowing a musical term for a three-note chord) and includes twelve hues.
More recently, Carl Gustave Jung (a.k.a., C.G. Jung) the Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology, is also associated with the pioneering stages of “color psychology.” His work has historically given birth to the modern field of color psychology and art therapy. 
The general model of color psychology relies on six basic principles:
  • Color meaning is either based on learned meaning or biologically innate meaning
  • The perception of a color causes evaluation automatically by the person perceiving
  • The evaluation process forces color-motivated behavior
  • Color usually exerts its influence automatically
  • Color meaning and effect has to do with context as well
In this article, I introduced the concept of using color to affect your mood while in the bathroom, specifically while bathing. I discussed the physiology of how we perceive color, and how, throughout history, we’ve developed an understanding of our emotional interaction with color in an evolving science known as “color theory.”  
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Famous Bathtubs in the Movies


By Kerry Knight
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How many classic movies have you seen that had at least one scene centered on a bathtub?  This is especially true of the handsome cast iron and porcelain Clawfoot tubs.

Why?  Because they make a perfect movie prop.  They’re free-standing, so the tub can be moved to any part of the room where lighting is best. Secondly, the camera shots and angles can be varied.  They can be filled to the top with water and filled with bubbles to garner a PG rating.  Some model tubs can hold two people at once (which may eliminate the PG rating).  And, like a Hollywood ingénue, they’re very attractive with sexy lines, shapes and gorgeous legs.  Hollywood often sells sex, even with bathtubs.   Let’s revisit at a few scenes that these tubs made famous. 
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Goldfinger, 1964.  This classic spy thriller featured Sean Connery as the original James Bond.  The opening scene to the epic Bond movie has 007 blowing up a hidden heroin lab before appearing at a calypso club in some part of Latin America. A beautiful dancer in her dressing room emerges from a Clawfoot tub to embrace Bond for a kiss.  James sees a thug standing behind him in the reflection of her eyes, so he spins the girl around to take the hit.  After a brief skirmish, Bond throws the assailant into the tub that’s filled with water. As the assassin reaches for Bond’s gun, 007 knocks an electric fan into the water and electrocutes his would-be assassin.  Bond’s characteristic tongue-in-cheek last words in the scene? “Shocking, positively shocking.”

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Lethal Weapon II, 1989.  This “buddy” copy movie is a great sequel to the popular first one.  In the opening scene, we find LAPD Sgt. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) sitting on a toilet that has been rigged with a bomb. When Sgt. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and the bomb squad show up, they discover that when Murtaugh stands up from the toilet seat, he’ll activate the trigger.  How?  “BOOM, You’re Dead!” is scrawled on the toilet paper.  Riggs decides to sit it out with Murtaugh.  Friendship is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?  Then a police captain comes up with the idea of having Murtaugh and Riggs jump into the Clawfoot bathtub for protection against the IED-rigged toilet. The captain says, “It’s a good old-fashioned cast iron tub.  It can withstand a hell of a blast!”  If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t ruin it for you.  I’ll just say that Clawfoot tub was a real life saver.

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Fatal Attraction, 1987. This movie has been called, “every married man’s worse nightmare.”  In it, Glenn Close plays a crazy ― no, completely nuts is a better description ― jilted lover who has just had an affair with Michael Douglas’ character. (Close was nominated for an Oscar for this film and should have gotten it.  She was beaten out by Cher in “Moonstruck.”) In the climactic scene at the end, Douglas is in the bathroom fighting for his life as a knife-wielding Close is slashing away at him.  Douglas is able to subdue her and hurls her head first into the Clawfoot tub filled with water.  He frantically holds on until she drowns, while staring him in the face.  I just got goosebumps.
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Two Mules for Sister Sara, 1970.  This film starred Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine.  Eastwood plays Hogan, a gun-for-hire, wandering along the Mexican border. He rescues a nun from a group of marauders intent on molesting her. Later on, Eastwood discovers MacLaine’s character, Sara, isn’t a nun after all.  She’s a call girl.  In a great scene, MacLaine is in a Clawfoot bathtub when Eastwood comes in and steps into the tub with her, wearing all of his clothes, boots and all.  Sara says, “Aren’t you going to at least take off your hat?”  Hogan replies, “No time for that.”  Eastwood, always a man of few words, has a way of making them count. 

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In the mid-1980s in the movie, Money Pit, all Shelley Long’s character wanted to do was take a long, hot bath.  However, that’s not the way things turned out.  Tom Hanks, her boyfriend, had purchased a house for them that was a real money pit, absorbing all of his funds as this thing and then that goes awry with the house.  In a memorable scene, Hanks is attempting to fill a large cast iron tub with water when suddenly the upstairs floor underneath the tub gives way, hurling him down to the ground floor below.  He loses it and starts laughing hysterically.  It’s the funniest laugh I’ve ever heard, almost maniacal.  If you watch it, you’ll laugh along with them.
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What Lies Beneath, made in 2000, is a truly scary movie without the overt blood and gore. One particularly frightening scene has Michelle Pfeiffer lying in a Clawfoot tub filling with water. Her crazed husband, played by Harrison Ford, had drugged  her with a substance to paralyze her body.  As the water reaches her nose, she can’t pull herself up, but she can move her toes. She fights to turn the water off as it continues to rise, trying to save herself from drowning.  This is truly “edge- of-the-seat” action with great camera angles on this deep-soaking tub.

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American Beauty, 1999.  This film won about every Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG award available that year. The plot involves a sexually frustrated suburban father, played expertly by Kevin Spacey,  going through a mid-life crisis while fantasizing over his daughter’s best friend, played by Thora Birch.  Pretty twisted concept, but well-acted.  The bathtub scene has Spacey fantasizing about the girl as she lies naked in in a Clawfoot tub filled with rose petals. The rose petal-surrounded beauty became the principal image for advertising the movie.

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The Big Lebowski, 1998.  Jeff Bridges is settling in for a warm, relaxing bath in his deep-soaking tub.  His “me time” moment is ruined when some unpleasant revenge-seekers kick in his door, destroy his apartment, and then find him in the tub, naked and very vulnerable.  They proceed to do the unimaginable by tossing a very angry ferret into the tub and then pure mayhem results.  Very funny stuff, but not for Mr. Bridges’ character.

In all of these movie examples one thing is common.  The Clawfoot tub plays a key role in creating some entertaining life experiences.  
Maybe it’s time for you to look at owning one of these cinematic Clawfoot tub icons.  Make your own life’s “memorable movie” experiences, hopefully pleasant ones. Cowboy hat optional. 
Clawfoot Tubs Steal the Show in Movies
In this article, I shared several famous Hollywood movies that featured Clawfoot tubs in some of their most memorable scenes.  If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.  
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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