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Don’t look at my shoes please.

I find it quite interesting how some moment so little can change your views or the way you do things or even what your do. When going to the bathroom for a sit down at work and in most public restrooms I do not like to use the first stall. I will use it if I have to, but if I can manage to avoid it, I will.

When I first started at the company (I just had my official 5 year anniversary - I was only contractor for the first 7 months) I never thought twice about what stall to use. But a very odd interaction changed that.

David Westgate reminded me of a young Bill Gates with blond hair. His love for Microsoft was only surpassed by his hate of all things Macintosh and his love of Asian women. He had a website (I wish I could remember the URL) that ran workshops for American Businessmen and women in Asia looking for husbands. He felt no shame in telling you how he helped men pick out girls from Thailand. He loved his young Thai girls. He was very creepy.

One day as I was sitting in the first stall dropping the kids off at the pool, I heard someone walk into the bathroom and up to the urinal next to the stall I was in. “Hey Eric, how’s it going?” David asked. I have no idea what I said, probably a bit of silence followed by an uncomfortable “alright... I guess.” He picked up on my discomfort at being talked to while I’m trying to squeeze one out and thought he would ease my mind by telling me how he knew it was me in the stall. “I saw your shoes... You have very distinct shoes,” he said. I looked down at my tan colored vans... “Damn you, look what you did”, I thought to my shoes as he kept talking to me until he finished his business.

I don’t mind talking to someone I know and like when I’m stand at a urinal but someone talking to me who makes me uncomfortable when my are buttoned up is completely different! I don’t think I want anyone talking to me when I’m taking a brown. Leave me alone, let me do my business in peace.

Please don’t look at my shoes!

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itsolivia
Nov. 5th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
so OFF TOPIC:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SAVING ME AT WORK TODAY OMG!!!!!
et_blackbird
Nov. 6th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
That guy sounds very, very creepy. I mean creepy in the way characters in comedy shows like "League of Gentlemen" or "Family Guy" are creepy, or in the way characters that deserve to die in horror movies are creepy.

I would never talk to someone who's in the bog. It's a private moment.

As far as stalls go, statistically, the stall nearest the door is least often selected. And someone was paid to come up with that statistic.
ewe_2
Nov. 6th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC)
That was too funny.
And you just bought new shhoes when you were in London. Ha hha. Don't wear them to work. I hear you on this totally. I hate it when anyone is next to me in a stall or urinal

;-)

dubious_one
Nov. 8th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
this is why i try to avoid public restroom shitting at all costs. luckily there's a bathroom on the second floor here that no one uses. i can't stand urinal talk either. it's so fucking akward.
ballistik
Nov. 10th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
when you're making a brown??? lol. i like your subtlety! ;-) j/k. yah, i'm right there with ya. NOOO talking while i'm peeing and DEF no talking while i'm... in the loo. PLEASE. or else i'll play the silent card.

-b-
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