You push open the door to the men's restroom and you're greeted with the smell of urine. You step inside and it's damp. For many years I was under the impression that public restrooms were generally unfit places for human beings without head to toe protective clothing. Eventually I found out it is not all public restrooms. It is the men's. Why? Because most of us had women cleaning up after us for the first 18 years of life. And, we have special needs! Even after years of practice, we can't always pee in a straight line. Yeah, we practiced hitting our mothers in the face for a few months early on. But every so often, there we go and pee off to the left or the right. The worst is when we get the two directional or God forbid, the three directional pee. I think it's nature's way of reminding us that things can go awry. Sometimes terribly so. It doesn't matter how much experience we have or how confident we are in our ability, sometimes things go wrong.
There is a lesson and it is this - be prepared. Yeah I used the Boy Scout's motto. It's okay, they can sue me and lots of luck with that. The trouble with being prepared is it often makes us feel like wimps. Like sitting on the toilet to pee. Dammit, we are men after all and we don't squat to pee.
So being prepared is not always a solution we can live with. But having to tolerate a stinky toilet is not fun time either. Neither is coming into work and having to deal with a problem someone else made. So guys if you can't live with being prepared and avoiding a problem, be a man a fix the damage.