Friday, October 30, 2009

And so it goes

So there was an awkward moment yesterday at work. I arrived early as I always do to prep the room and maybe read the front page of the paper. One of my students was already there waiting when I arrived and he told me he always left home early to beat the traffic. I had poop pressing at the door as I unlocked the classroom and we entered to put our things down. Then I said, "I'll be back, I've got to go to the restroom." To this he replied, "Me too." Okay, I thought, I'll just lock the room behind us and I hope he's only got to pee. But no. We went into the only two stalls side by side, mere inches apart in physical space, and let the fudge fly. I prayed that it would slide out blissfully silent but no, it shouted out of me like a backfiring car. Luckily, his was equally vociferous. Of course, neither of us spoke nor made reference to the event afterward. Still, it was awfully awkward. I suppose if I had been in the military, it wouldn't have phased me.

Today's my last day with the health classes. Yes, all of my classes have been canceled from here on out due to the freaking H1N1 outbreak. It's going to be impossible to replace that three grand and I am pretty bummed about it. There was no contract signed so it seems I'm SOL. It's making me rethink my decision to change jobs if the rug can be pulled so swiftly out from under me. Fingers crossed that Serge will score another contract between now and xmas. I guess as of Monday I'm semi retired for the rest of the year. (I'll still have four hours a week.) Plenty of free time, no money to take advantage of that. Looks like I'll be playing lots of free scrabble on the net.

On the other hand, there are some great travel deals the second week of December usually. Maybe we can capitalize on the situation and go to Cuba for a week. I mean my credit card company keeps sending me these checks that you can use to borrow at only 2 percent interest for a year. So that's like what, twenty bucks per grand to borrow for a year? Surely I can do that. This is probably just fantasy talking though. Some gig will probably present itself, knocking as I am on wood, which of course I wouldn't refuse.

Plus all that puppy love is free. Georgie's gonna love all the walks he'll be getting. Happy Friday peeps!

20 comments:

Matt Swift said...

Ugh, I hate public bathrooms for that sound issue. Whenever I hear a loud neighbour, I'm tempted to shout "Susan, I know that's you - get back to the womens' room!".
Sorry about the workflow, maybe you SHOULD exercise your Canadianity (?) and hop down to Havana for a bit...

Fresco said...

Eek.

Bummer.

http://elegant-slumming.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I thought the teacher student in side by side stalls was going to take a different turn. I guess there was not a glory hole available. When a window closes a door usually opens so don't worry about having enough work. ed

lattégirl said...

Can't. Help. Myself.

"Fazed" not "phased."

Birdie said...

I love the gratuitous Georgie shot.

You seem always to pull another job out of your hat. Let's see if karma is still working for you.

TED said...

Absolutely. You should never refuse wood.

Larry Ohio said...

That bathroom scenario has happened to me too and I find it both embarrassing and awkward. Doing a #2 is about the most private thing a person can do, and knowing that there is somebody I know listening mere inches away completely freaks me out. I would have found a reason to leave then go to a different men's room.

Joel A. said...

Credit card deal: Don't forget the 3 percent or 5 percent fee up front ($30 to $50 per K) for a cash advance. And if you have any other balances on that card, what you pay monthly will be applied only to the 2-percent balance while the rest of the balance is not paid down at all and is charged the usual APR. If you cannot pay back the low-interest cash advance within a certain amount of time, it may be converted to a regular cash advance, the APR of which is sometimes higher than regular purchases. (At that point, you take advantage of the low-interest cash advance on a different card to pay off the first card -- robbing Peter to pay Paul!) Been there. Done that.

CoffeeDog said...

I was in the military and it'd still freak me out, that situation you found yourself in. I only poo outside of my home in extreme emergencies.

Java said...

Is the H1N1 outbreak so bad in Montreal that it warrants canceling classes? Heavens, I hope not. Also hope you get another gig soon.

ElfBear said...

While everyone else is being so high brow and sympathetic about this, I'm just gonna come out and say it - Freakin' Funny. Potty humour still makes me laugh, it's the kid in me I guess, and I got a ripping good chuckle out of this one. And the puppy just keeps getting cuter too! Have a good weekend!

don said...

I came across a woman shitting in the woods during last weekends x-country race in Wisconsin. I thought I was hallucinating but my nose told me otherwise. I was so embarrassed. Of course I thought of you at the time...

Rox said...

Stupid Swine Flu Panic.

Well, I'll play ya. On Scrabble. You'll feel better about your life, trust me.

And that whole poop thing? Yikes! I'd have died.

Anonymous said...

I think you should be able to say , I'm sorry I poo alone , were not that close ..

Georgie it the cutest hound doggie , it's to early to leave him and go to Cuba

Mark in DE said...

Your first paragraph had me LOL for real!! I don't have to imagine how you felt; I've been there too.

Georgie is just the CUTEST!! I can't get enough of him.

Blobby said...

What is it w/you and poo? :)

Man, Georgie is cute.

Marc said...

Well, Joel beat me to it. The transaction fee (which those checks will most certainly have) really means you'll pay 4-5% for the first year. There's no such thing as a cheap ride in the banking biz, take it from someone who was in it for 22 years!

My God. How do you always manage to get yourself entwined in such poop shenanigans? You could have been Freud's dream come true.

GayProf said...

Is the H1N1 thing a real problem in Montréal? Or are administrators just covering their ass?

It is odd that your student would want to go to the men's room with you given his own situation. Awkward.

Johnny said...

Good choice of words: vociferous!

:)

Snooze said...

Oh I feel for you with the poop incident! Still, it was good that he was doing the same.