The Flomax Generation

It has dawned on me that men of a certain age should start bringing their reading glasses to the men’s room.

A better idea.

A better idea.

That’s because more and more establishments are posting reading material at eye level above the urinals.  And more and more men of a certain age  need reading glasses.   

This can be frustrating, because whether you’re interested in the reading material or not, it’s inches from your face, and you’re a captive audience.  You have to stand there for a certain amount of time.  Moving closer won’t help, and moving back can be messy.

You can’t focus on what’s in front of your face, so all you can do is focus on the task at hand, then move on.  It’s not as if you’re going to get your glasses and go back to read what you missed.  And you know you won’t remember to bring them next time, either.  The bane of men of a certain age

So.  What’s going on in the ladies’ room?


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12 Responses to The Flomax Generation

  1. You get out more than I do. What kind of reading material are they putting above urinals?? Is it really ads for Flomax et al? Your post reminds me of the old Drake Hotel basement bar on Amity Street in Amherst. Circa 1972. Mens room had the best graffiti I’ve ever seen. I was in my early 20s then. Went to the loo a lot in places like that. It was the beer.

    • Gerry says:

      Anything from menus to drink specials to schedules of golf tournaments. What really drives me nuts are places that post the newspaper in front of the urinal, and even though I’ve read it, it makes me crazy I can’t read it again.
      And the Drake…memories.

  2. I guess newspapers above the urinals is a step up. Most of them are in the toilet these days.

  3. I think the real reason they put reading material in front of urinals is to help enforce the unwritten rule: one must always pee staring straight at the wall.

    About 7 years ago I was on a business trip and changing planes at the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport. Desperate to relieve myself, I ducked into a mens room. Obeying the rule, I fixed my eyes on the wall but couldn’t help noticing something glimmer out of the corner of my eye.

    So I glanced down and over (furtively) and saw a pierced foreskin with a ring in it. From that moment forward I vowed never to break the rule again. And I’ve held to that promise — reading material or no.

  4. Linda says:

    I’m playing catch-up on your blog – wedding on Friday. This one made me laugh and cringe! I haven’t noticed any advertising or “reading” material in the ladies room stalls. Privacy is a good thing. But then again, I’m concentrating on avoiding all the “liquid” on the toilet seat and floor. Yuk!

  5. Kathryn D. says:

    Thank you, Linda!

    I waited to weigh in on this one only after another female wrote first. Ladies rooms are really “powder rooms”. I kid you not. The ladies room is for clothing adjustments, makeup application and hair re-arranging. Women usually have to flush before they tinkle due to the bashful kidney syndrome and even then as Linda alluded to – one is trying very carefully to maintain the “hover position”. And as far as the other thing, a woman that absolute must go when the Imodium fails literally has to wear a different pair of shoes to avoid being identified….because heaven forbid if you do what a bathroom is designed for in somewhere other than you own home, you will be embarrassed forever – especially at work!
    Thankfully, I work in an office complex with multiple floors and buildings so if the dire need arises, I can essentially maintain my anonymity by “going” elsewhere.

    So there is my carefully crafted response to your question. I hope it makes you laugh a little! 🙂

    Thank you.

    • Gerry says:

      Kathryn and Linda stepped up!
      Although I must admit Kathryn, while I was reading your carefully crafted comment, I was thinking, “Men can just go outside like dogs.”

  6. Kathryn D. says:

    Dear, dear Gerry:


  7. Kathryn D. says:

    Sorry, one more thing……
    I hope it never, ever, ever comes to point where unisex bathrooms are the norm such as the set up in Ally McBeal!
    That is all. I have to go………

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