"GEEZ," I thought.....not AGAIN! How is it that twice in one week, I have been witness to men urinating in public? Kid you not, twice! I am not talking about some dude off in the shrubs next to a roadside, trying to conceal his activity. NO, I am talking about just off the sidewalk, within perfect view of my driver's seat, relieving himself on a wall in one case and a tree in another.
Did someone forget to send me the memo that this was the latest trend? The first one had just stopped and whipped it out next to the sidewalk and was watering a maple tree, and the second one had stopped on the QEW, between Erin Mills Parkway and Mississauga Road in traffic that was literally crawling, so I actually was almost stopped beside him and he was not even trying to be discreet at all. OK, fellas, just because you CAN, does not mean you SHOULD. Seriously, if you are going to do it, at least have a modicum of modesty and hide "behind" the tree or your car or whatever is available to shield your act from the public eye.
Maybe it just annoys me that women do not have this luxury. Our bladders can be bursting and there is no way we are stopping at the side of the highway, unless there is something really good we can hide behind, like a forest or thick brush. Even then, it is would be a last resort. Once when I was hitching through Europe, my travel buddy was desperate in the back seat of a car doing 100 MPH on the German Autobahn and she finally pulled a thick towel out from her backpack and stuffed it down her jeans and let it go. It was better than trying to communicate her need to the driver who could not speak English and then what? Stop at the side of that road?
Then of course, even if we do have the occasional back to nature experience, there is the dreaded splash back to deal with, or the event takes way longer than you anticipated and your thighs are starting to shake having held them in the squat position for way too long, and you just slightly elevate your ass and inevitably, it is just a little too far and then your stream changes direction and your shoes or socks or both end up with wet spots. There just is no way to do it in a dignified manner, no matter how hard you try.
Hopefully my recent viewings were just a co-incidence, not a trend. I think peeing in private is really the way it should be gentlemen. And in case you were wondering, it is NOT sexy and it won't work as a chick magnet, in case you thought it might. In fact, it will totally ruin any chance you might have had - so hold it buster. Just like we do. A little suffering might do you some good. See what it's like for us. And that's nothing compared to giving birth....don't even get me started down that road.
Toilets were invented for a reason. As were urinals. Shit - you even have two choices! What more do you want?