Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, July 10, 2006

Bathroom stall

I will admit I have never been in a women’s bathroom, I don’t know what they look like in there and what they do with the extra space from not having urinals; I figure they have more mirrors since the women’s line is always so much longer so the space can’t be used for toilets.
Today I was doing some shopping in Home Depot when I had to use the bathroom. There were only two urinals and someone was already standing at one and because there was no divider wall I used proper urinal etiquette and used a stall. Above the toilet at about eye level someone had written in black permanent marker “For BJ and then some number.” I can’t help but wonder who writes this? Is it a joke? Does someone really expect someone else to call? Does anyone actually call these numbers offering free solicitation? This was not the first time I have seen such scribblings in a toilet stall but this was the first time I have decided to ponder it and share my pondering with you all. What even possesses someone to go to the trouble of writing this on the wall, and why in a Home Depot?
I am not expecting anyone to say that they have written anything on the bathroom wall or that they have made the call to one of these numbers. But, perhaps someone can explain to me the rationalization behind it.


Blogger quakerdave said...

You know what's worse? (I can't believe we're talking about this...): Having to avoid taking your child into a public lavatory when he's little because you don't want to have to explain all that writing and all those drawings on the wall.

I never understood that, either.

Tue Jul 11, 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger Alec said...

Having attended a Big Ten university, I have had the opportunity to read many interesting things on the walls of bathroom stalls (and other places).

Men/boys between the ages of 15 and 22. I believe that explains it. The really creative ones would leave semi-pornographic drawings as well. More thoughtful writers would even write out political, uh, "commentary."

Tue Jul 11, 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the number?

Tue Jul 11, 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, you are right, I had not thought about that. Not having children myself I am sure I am eventually in for a rude awakening about all the things that I do now without thinking that I will soon have to think about once my first little bambino comes around.

Tue Jul 11, 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Alec, my senior year of high school I was touring different campuses trying to decide which school I wanted to attend. I used a toilet in the food pavilion in one school right by the bookstore. Over one of the urinals someone wrote:

God is dead – Nietzsche

Right under it in different ink and in different hand writing someone wrote:

Nietzsche is dead – God

I thought that was the best “bathroom art” I have ever seen. I ended up going to that school and it was still on the wall my third year before they finally painted the bathroom. I have gone back to that bathroom since graduating hoping it was still there and being tempted to write it again.

Tue Jul 11, 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Oh anon, don’t be anonymous, tell us who you are for leaving your own blogger “bathroom art.”

Tue Jul 11, 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

trust me- women are just as bad. and don't think that they are any cleaner than the men's bathroom because they are not. can someone explain to me why folks who wouldn't dream of leaving a mess- aside from the pee everywhere- toilet paper all over, paper towels on the floor, splashing water all over- why you would do that in public? why don't people care?

Tue Jul 11, 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I think it is a revenge type thing. (She pissed me off so I will plague her with unwanted, strange and obscene phone calls.)

As for the messes... They don't have to clean it, so why should they care?


Tue Jul 11, 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger Bobkatt said...

I'm an expert on the subject being that I currently am doing a job that Americans won't do, custodian. As to your question of what do they do with the extra room because of no urinals, the answer is they usually put in more stools.
As far as graffiti, most of it is limited to the men's restroom. I have often thought that it would make a pretty good book. Travel around the country and record various witticisms. A couple of my favorites are:"I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body." And, one said, "My mother made me a lesbian." Below it said "If I give her the wool will she make me one?"

Tue Jul 11, 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Brooke, I don’t even know if it is a revenge thing because a lot of these type messages are written by guys for guys too. I just don’t know what drives a person to take the time to write it.
Betmo, you have obviously never seen a fraternity house bathroom. I have been a sorority house bathroom, and except for the clutter with all the make-up, perfume, body and hair spray, curling irons, hair dryers, etc, it was so much cleaner.
Bobkatt, I am fond of the “Here I sit all broken hearted…”

Tue Jul 11, 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

publius- i have 2 words for you-- 'wal-mart bathroom.' (they are monosyllabic that counts as 2 right?)

Tue Jul 11, 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well betmo, I guess I should say that I am not much of a public bathroom kind of guy. I wait till I get home to do any sitting, so I am not much of an expert, so most of what I know is from gas station bathrooms or over urinal. But, might I suggest Sheetz or WahWah for your public on the road bathroom needs.

Tue Jul 11, 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger Alec said...

Sadly, when speaking of political commentary, I was thinking of something less wholesome. The "Nietzsche is dead" or "God is dead" writing is philosophical expertise by comparison.

Thu Jul 13, 04:43:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Alec, I think that was the best “bathroom art” that I have ever seen. I thought it was funny, poignant, and out of the ordinary. I think that might be why it was still on the walls in that bathroom for so many years.

Fri Jul 14, 02:05:00 PM  

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