Men Communicating

The following occurred a few weeks ago...
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The other day I was in the men's room at work. I was just about to use a urinal, when I noticed someone had not flushed the previous time.

Or maybe two... or three... or TEN times before.

As I was about to flush so that I could relieve myself in peace minus the stale funk, I heard a student talking on his phone in one of the stalls behind me.

I try to be cognizant of my surroundings, and it is difficult to ignore someone's phone conversation when they are that close, so I was forced to listen.

Well, the student was speaking with someone about a job, volunteer work, an internship, or something related, as he had a courteous and professional sound to his voice. He was also setting-up a meeting, as they were discussing driving directions.

I paused before depressing the flusher on the urinal and debated: "Do I want to be rude and disturb this young man's important conversation?"

That was met with the selfish thought: "Wow, this pee odor could peel paint and sure needs to be flushed!"

I decided to hold off on flushing.

Take one for the "man" team.  

I inhaled like a pearl diver before submerging into a clear ocean, as far from the source of the stink of course, and took care of my business.

As I was just about to walk from the urinal, the student in the stall was exchanging additional information with the other person on the phone and then I heard...

FOOOWOOOSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Yes, the sound of an industrial strength commode rattled the men's room. The student had flushed his toilet, but did not miss a beat and continued talking on the phone.

I laughed to myself.

I exhaled what was left of my vital air supply, and flushed my urinal twice for good measure.

So much for my attempt at being courteous, right?

What is the old saying?  "No good deed goes unpunished."

26 comments:

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, wow! Who has a civil conversation while "doing his business"??? I admire you for your restraint in flushing, even though it was all for naught. Keep bein' a gentleman, kind sir. :)

joeh said...

I can so relate.

This is very funny!

Carma Sez said...

I am the same way as you - would never think to flush the toilet when on the phone or talk on the phone when on the toilet. these days there are no boundaries :/ We are old school ;)

Bijoux said...

I feel bad for the person on the other end of the phone. Who wants to hear that?

Pat Hatt said...

lol it could have been worse, at least there was no gas noises. You'd think he'd wait to flush though.

Chrys Fey said...

That is too funny! Who flushes a toilet while on the phone? At least with a landline he could've muted it.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow. That should go under tips for what not to do in a job interview!

Momma Fargo said...

Haha! You are such a gentleman. Ladies do that too, and I flush because I am hoping for a little embarassment so they stop talking while I concentrate.

ladyfi said...

Ha ha! But seriously - talking to someone on the toilet - that's taking it too far!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
And I thought things like THAT only happened to me...LOL!

"Industrial-strength toilet"...THAT THEY ARE.
They flush with am ANGRY INTENT.

You don't want to be anywhere close to the bowl when they "engage"...I swear they could suck down a tactical vest without missing a beat, if given a chance.
Good story (and too true).

Stay safe out there.

Cherie Reich said...

Oh, I hate when people are talking on their phones in a public restroom. It seems a bit rude to whomever the person is speaking with. I must admit I smirk a bit when the flush goes off. Let the person on the other end of the phone know what people are doing around the person he/she is talking to.

Jax said...

You really cracked me up with this one?! Who has an "important" conversation while sitting on the bowl? Furthermore, how do you FLUSH?! Clearly, this wasn't as important as he was making it sound. I wonder if he really was even on the phone or just talking to himself. hahaha

Jeanette Levellie said...

You did the right thing. But it was still funny!Thanks for sharing your stinky moments with us.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Hahahahaha! So glad you flushed. Sad to say, now that our phones are no longer tethered to a cord, I have found myself in the bathroom during a long call with a friend or relative. To flush or not to flush has gone through my mind. I make a mad dash to the door as soon as I depress the handle though.

messymimi said...

Heeheehee! It makes me wonder what the person on the other end thought upon hearing that!

Sweetie calls me when i'm in the restroom all of the time, and i take a bit of perverse joy in flushing just to let him know he did it again.

Kay G. said...

I must be living in another time. I refuse to speak on the phone when I am in the Ladies room. Hey, some things should be private!

Gloria Baker said...

Aghhh really is funny but this other reason I hate go to ladies room in malls or others sigh!
But I know sometimes we have to go!
And yes you are a gentleman:)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I was laughing so hard at this, hubby is wondering if I'm losing it!!!

Theresa Milstein said...

That is crazy and funny. I think the worst thing about cell phones is their ease of use in public restroom. Gross!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Good grief. I can't imagine making (or having to receive) a business call in a bathroom. Or ANY call in a bathroom.

Stephanie Faris said...

I worked with a man who got so frustrated with co-workers taking business calls in the restroom, he'd flush all the toilets in the stalls not being used to make a point! I worked with a woman who had one of those bluetooth things that connected to her desk phone. She was such a workaholic, she'd keep talking as she walked around the office and into the bathroom. I always found that very odd! It's also (in both cases) rude. Nobody wants to listen to your stupid business conversation while they're trying to use the bathroom. It's a sign of how self-absorbed people are.

Katherines Corner said...

Hello old friend! People are so attached to their phones and texts these days. Taking the phone ( even about important business) to the bathroom seems so natural, as if the phone is part of their anatomy. They are in their own bubble... but your attempted act of courtesy says a lot about your character.
I also get frustrated when people talk on their cell phones while eating. They are munching, crunching and slurping their way through a conversation. Makes me wonder if they did that at the dinner table before cell phones were so common. LOL
Hugs and thank you for commenting about our recent camping trip on twitter, we had a blast!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha, that's funny. How kind of you to attempt to not interrupt!!! And it is so male to just flush the toilet while they're on the phone.

Good for you for flushing, I always try to avoid eye contact with urinals when I'm in single-stall bathrooms. They are always revolting.

Mary Kirkland said...

I still can't get over the fact that people use their cell phones for conversations while in the bathroom.

lisa said...

Bwahahahah! This is priceless. Definitely one for the books. But seriously......WHO conducts business or an interview over the phone in a bathroom?! Seems a bit on the unprofessional side to me. Wonder if he eventually got the job/position/internship. Call me old fashioned, but I'm not sure I would have awarded it to him if I'd been on the other end of the phone. :-)

Mark Koopmans said...

You get super kudos for waiting.. but I gotta give the dude some kudos for even holding a phone conversation on the throne... that's so foreign to me :)

What's NOT foreign is laughs when I come here, so cheers, mate :)

FISTBUMP... (I washed my hands, honest :)