June 25, 2007
TO OUR READERS: You know you want it. But do you know where to get it? This column aims to help. Watch this space weekly for information on all things timely, trendy, useful or unusual. I must admit I was offended when I saw the svelte model bathing herself in the picture on the ShowerBow box. The ShowerBow is clearly a product made for fat, hairy, middleaged men like myself. But, alas, I guess people don’t want to see guys like that naked. The ShowerBow guarantees 25 percent more space in the shower, instantly. You don’t have to rip down walls or remodel the bathroom. Just hook this baby on your existing shower curtain, and it keeps the fabric from clinging to your body as you try to lather and rinse. Again, that 100-pound model has never felt the pain of those of us who are too wide for the shower. A clawing, biting, screaming fight with the shower curtain at 6 a.m. is no way to start the day. As America continues to expand (around the middle), the market for the ShowerBow also grows. But being big-boned isn’t the only culprit — some weird combination of vortexes and air currents and voodoo sucks the shower curtain inward. So I gave the ShowerBow a shot. It was as easy to put together as advertised, taking five minutes and no tools. And it worked. I didn’t think it would make much difference, but the extra elbow room felt good, leaving me to dodge the bath toys on the shower floor instead of the curtain. The only downside is aesthetics. There’s no way around it — an ugly plastic thingy is hanging inside the shower curtain. Of course, it’s easy enough to take down after the shower each day, or at least when company comes over. That’s a small price to pay if your wrestling matches with the shower curtain are about to turn into a pay-per-view event. The ShowerBow sells for $19.99, plus $6.95 shipping, on the Web at moreshowerspace.com or by calling 1-800-848-6333. CONTACT US: Written by Bill Reed. To comment on “Gotta Have It,” contact Barbara Cotter: firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-0194.