Bathroom talk

Here is the situation: 3 urinals are set in a wall. A person occupies the leftmost and rightmost urinal, making the middle one the only that is available. Naturally, that’s the one you use. Now add to this situation the fact that the guy on the left and right of you are having an in-depth, work-related conversation. They are just standing there at the urinals, gabbing away. There are there gabbing when I get into the restroom, and they are there gabbing when I leave the restroom. The funny thing is that neither of them step away from the urinals. Unless they have horse-like bladders, they are simply so involved in their conversation that they have forgotten where they are. In fact, I don’t think they even noticed me.

I just hope they don’t forget to wash their hands.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.