Bathroom Awkwardness

Dear Optimists,

How many of you know what a urinal is? Basically it’s a toilet to pee in that’s attached to a wall. It’s for men…stand-up pee-ers only. Although I have seen a funny movie or two where a girl uses one. There are little walls between each one and they stand in the middle of a bathroom wall so that, technically, while a man pees, everyone else who walks in can see him from behind. They look like this:

Well, men walk up to them, unzip, whip it out and let the pee go. Nobody sees anything but their back. It’s quicker than using a stall and saves water. But last week after a movie I ran in to take a quick leak and there’s a boy, I’d say around ten or so, peeing at one. The difference is, instead of unzipping, he just pulled his pants down to his ankles right there in the middle of the public bathroom! I quickly looked away and felt VERY awkward at a bare ass in the bathroom. Consequently, I decided to hold it in.




Author: den

More often than not, people wonder what I'm up to. I'm a people watcher, and love to tell a stranger's story, as I see it. If you see me reading or writing in a coffee shop, there's a good chance I'm making up a story about you at that moment. I'm a visual person who loves finding inspiration in my surroundings, and believe that sometimes the smallest detail can tell the majority of the story, if you have the sense to recognize it.

16 thoughts on “Bathroom Awkwardness”

  1. Oh to be a kid! My son is still potty training, so when he needs to pee he drops his pants and undies where ever he is and says “I have to pee” then runs with them around his ankles to the potty.

  2. Maybe he had an elastic waistband or his zipper was broken…poor little guy. Every dad should show his son how to man up and use those things…they are pretty intimidating. (you know that bathroom in Mack&Mancos has the urinal next to the toilet? I get so uncomfortable sitting next to that thing when i have to go!)
    Good tip to give your unrinal trining kids…if you shake it more than twice, you’re playin with it!

  3. A friend of mine has two sons, and one day she was waiting for them outside the public toilet. A man came out, giggling and shaking his head. My friend asked what he was laughing at – knowing that her boys could well have been getting up to mischief. The guy told her that there were two young boys in there, and the one was too little to reach the urinal, so his brother got gown on his hands and knees so the little brother could stand on his back and reach the urinal!

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