MEN (Signs At The Restrooms)

Click here Men The other day my cousin, Isa, put out a photo she took of a Men’s sign in a restroom at an airport. It quickly caught my attention because it was HUGE. It took about less than 1/2 the door.  Maybe a little less, but just huge enough for even a blind person to see. I immediately favorited it because it reminded me once about more then 30 years ago when I was going from one  state to another and on the expressway I had to go to a rest station because I had to urgently take a pee. I ran like hell, looked at the sign and went in.  The restroom was empty and was I so glad, because I don’t think I could have waited if there was a line. Well, I did my peeing and was going to wash my hands. But instead of seeing sinks all I saw were urinals and to my horror saw two men peeing in them. They both turned around,  and just started to stare, but still working on their peeing. I started to say “I’m so sorry, oh so sorry” and started to run. They didn’t laugh, didn’t even blink, all they did was stare and I still remember at least one of their faces to this very day. He was short, bald and about 50. As I ran out, I looked back at the door and it clearly said “MEN”.  That did it for me. From then on, everytime I go to a restroom I always look once, twice, and three times to make sure I’m on the right restroom.   Well, about three years ago, I was in Florida and my brother and I went out to eat at a mall.  Of course, I had to pee again. So, I went to the restroom and since the restrooms were together, both men and women, I first looked at the Women sign, which was at my left and then to my right, which read Men. I took another look, Women left,  Men right and took another last look to make sure. Then I went to my left to the women’s restroom. I quickly ran again inside, because I can’t hold my pee. I am diabetic you see, so when it wants to go out, it has to go out immediately. I was lucky again. The no one in sight.  I went, peed and came out to wash my hands. And guess what? I had done it again! There was a man washing his hands in the sink. Oh, NO. I almost screamed out loud. Not again! It can’t be happening again.  I made the same stupid mistake.  Meanwhile, I looked at him again in horror and started to once again excuse myself. I kept saying “I am so sorry. Oh so sorry. How could I?” And he said “It’s alright. It’s o.k.” And I kept saying, “No, it’s not o.k. I am so sorry!.”  “I shouldn’t be here” And he said “But, it’s o.k. I tell you.” All this time I was so embarrassed and shaken, that I didn’t realize that there was sort of a feminime touch to the voice.  Well, with one last big “Sorry”, I ran out then decided to look back at the sign and it said “WOMEN”.  I thought to myself  "Wait a minute, I was in the right place. But it was a man in there. When I went back to my brother, I was more relaxed and then started to think on what had happened.  I started to visualize the man. He had short hair, was stocky, had men’s pants, shirt, shoes and belt on.But the voice. What if he was really a she? Oh my God. Then was I offending her? What if she was really a she and she wasn’t so nice about it? Would she have hit me , me alone in there?

MEN (Signs At The Restrooms)

Arco Iris  R

Joined May 2009

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This is a collaboration between Doreen Isa Rodriguez and I. Doreen was kind enough to send me this photo which I thought was very funny. She got it from a friend in facebook.
men This is Isa Rodriguez photo she took in Atlanta that is so huge.

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