Friday, January 13, 2006

Can't talk; peeing

Recently on the topic of social etiquette...

People here don't follow the unwritten "absolutely no talking in the restroom" rule. I had always thought this rule was pretty steadfast and universal, but it clearly isn't. There are certainly people on my team who respect the sanctity of silence in the restroom, but I'd say a good two-thirds of the people on my team who I see in the restroom say hi, to which I can really only awkwardly return the gesture. Some people even start conversations at the urinals, which is doubly odd to me. Strangers, though, do follow the rules and remain silent.

So, unless it's a regional thing, I guess the rule is really that guys can't talk to strangers in the restroom. Apparently I've had it wrong all my life.


Anonymous said...

I think a "hi" is appropriate in the bathroom, but as long as neither party is positioned in front of the urinal.

I think anything beyond a "hi" is wierd though.

Travis said...

Yeah, I'm really not bothered by "hi." I won't say hi to people, but I'm really fine with responding. There are a couple people who completely ignore convention and start conversations while urinating, though, and that's just crazy.

I don't have any problem with it, I guess; it's just odd.

Anonymous said...

You are dead on here; there should never ever, under any circumstances, be talking in a men's room. If someone sees a flesh eating ear mite crawling toward my ear, they'd better wait until I have exited the restroom to say something.

My boss talks to me when chance should be so unkind as to lead us both there at the same time; it is uncool.

Anonymous said...

I have a problem with it, I'd take the risk of being rude and act like I'm deaf.