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Merwin: "It's the Ladies' Room, Stupid"

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September 24, 2008

Merwin: "It's the Ladies' Room, Stupid"

By John Merwin & Joe Cermele

While camping and fishing on Cape Cod this week, my wife looked at me over her glasses and told me with great definition that it was time for me to grab a shower.

So I gathered towel and shaving kit, and stumbled off through the dark toward the state park shower building. A door was propped open at the end of the structure, shower stalls evident within. I walked in and stood looking around for a vacant stall.

Just then, some guy runs in and grabs my arm and mumbles something in my ear. Or maybe he mumbled. I’m pretty deaf and couldn’t tell.

“Huh? What?” I looked at him and pulled my arm away.

“It’s the ladies’ room, you idiot!” He started pulling me toward the door.

So I went back outside and checked for a sign on the outside. Sure enough: “Women.” Ooooops. And I started laughing. I mean what if I’d been taking a shower and started hearing female voices? This still strikes me as very funny.

How about you. Any similar misadventures?

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from ricefarm wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

I could tell one on myself but the best one I know comes from a WWII vet. He had been a student at the University of Illinois before his time in the service and lived in a fraternity. Upon returning from the service his first stop was the old frat house. Having just finished a long bus ride he really, really needed to use the bathroom and upon entering the frat house he sprinted up the stairs to the second floor where he was puzzled to find flower pots, with flowers in the urinals. He took care of the business at hand and only then found out that while the boys were away at war the fraternity house had been rented to some women.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

"happily expelling army chow"...LMAO!!!

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from Joe G wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

When I was in Kuwait the latrine trailors all look alike and were in rows. If you are not paying attention you can walk right into a female latrine, happened to me. I was in a stall happily expelling Army chow when I heard females walk in and begin to use a stall of their own! A quick finish and hasty exit spared me from any embarrasing confrontations. You would think the cardboard over the urinals would have been a clue.

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from Nycflyangler wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

If the place has single occupancy bathrooms, I just use whichever one is vacant. I'm not going stand around when I don't have to.

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from ricefarm wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

I could tell one on myself but the best one I know comes from a WWII vet. He had been a student at the University of Illinois before his time in the service and lived in a fraternity. Upon returning from the service his first stop was the old frat house. Having just finished a long bus ride he really, really needed to use the bathroom and upon entering the frat house he sprinted up the stairs to the second floor where he was puzzled to find flower pots, with flowers in the urinals. He took care of the business at hand and only then found out that while the boys were away at war the fraternity house had been rented to some women.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

"happily expelling army chow"...LMAO!!!

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from Joe G wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

When I was in Kuwait the latrine trailors all look alike and were in rows. If you are not paying attention you can walk right into a female latrine, happened to me. I was in a stall happily expelling Army chow when I heard females walk in and begin to use a stall of their own! A quick finish and hasty exit spared me from any embarrasing confrontations. You would think the cardboard over the urinals would have been a clue.

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from Nycflyangler wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

If the place has single occupancy bathrooms, I just use whichever one is vacant. I'm not going stand around when I don't have to.

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