Today one of my girlfriends at work, who has recently begun reading my blog, sent me the following email:
“…while reading your blog it was like reading my mind. Those are all the thoughts that [I] wonder in my mind that I really try hard not to let out.”
I’ve got something in, and I’m about to let it out.
What in the world are people thinking when they are talking on the phone and using the bathroom at the same time? Seriously? Really? Are they so busy that they can’t take two minutes out of their day to take the Browns to the Super Bowl without electronic equipment attached to their ear?
Boy, I’m feeling better already. Big Daddy was right about this venting thing.
While those who know me will tell you I’m not normally given to bathroom-related conversations (there are some things that are off limits!), this particular nugget has cropped up in my life, uninstigated, twice within the last 24 hours. When that happens, I take it as a sign from God that it needs to be addressed.
It’s like a public service announcement really.
The first time this came up was yesterday. Big Daddy texted me and told me that he needed to talk with me. It took me a few minutes to get to where I could talk to him, but, when I called, he didn’t pick up. Well, I thought to myself, how are you gonna text me and then not pick up? What’s that about?
Here’s what it was about.
A few minutes later, he called me back and told me he couldn’t talk because he was in the bathroom at the Wal-Mart. He went on to say that he has a moral issue related to talking and doing his business at the same time. I thanked him for being considerate of me in that way, but asked him to consider the idea that it may, in fact, be more of an ethical issue than an issue of one’s morality. We debated on this topic for 15 minutes using the Socratic method.
I had time.
I was supposed to be working.
Avoidance can be a powerful tool of procrastination.
The second such instance happened today. A coworker came to my office to give me a piece of advice. Anytime she says that, I’m just sure I’ve done something wrong. Today, though, after she gave me the advice, I was sure it had nothing to do with me.
“Heather,” she says, and I’m paraphrasing now, if you’ve recently had a significant helping of beans, it’s best not to talk on your Bluetooth to your personal assistant while in the bathroom.
Apparently, while in the restroom during a break from a day-long professional meeting, a very professional woman entered the restroom to “vent” while on the phone with her personal assistant.
Poor personal assistant.
My coworker was in the next stall.
This happens all the time. I’ll walk into the ladies room and hear someone having what sounds to be a conversation with herself. Initially, I clutch my daughter to me, thinking we’re dealing with a nut. Then, I realize she’s on the phone. What must the person on the other end think when he/she hears the flush? Oh, dear. I’d be insulted. “Do you think so little of me that you’ll talk to me while TCB?” I’d say.
At this point, all I can say is this: no matter how tempting it might be, please try to resist the urge to talk and go at the same time. Whether moral or ethical, it’s just plain, old not okay.