Shaken Not Stirred

Thursday, October 19, 2006

What Happened to the Word SHUT-UP?

I've been studying at the library lately. Staring at my desk and the wall has given me cabin fever. And like one of my former study buddies has said, "When the walls start to speak to you, you've gotta move to a new location". So I loaded up my books and I went to the library.

My first complaint? The bathrooms. Nope, they are clean and sanitary. They've even got that hospital sanitized smell to them. It's not actually the facilities that I'm complaining about, by an incident.

I was really getting into a topic in obstetrics when I had to use the bathroom. Of course, I had to read until I finished the chapter (I was close to the end) because of some obsessive-compulsive characteristic that I've got. Anyway, I don't move on to new topics or I don't do something else until I've finished whatever topic I started reading. So by the time I finished the chapter I really had to go--so much so that my bladder was beginning to talk. When I got to the men's bathroom, there was a lady standing at the door. This lady informed me that another lady was using the men's bathroom and if I could wait for her to finish.

WTF? I turned around and saw a sign on the women's bathroom saying that the bathroom was currently under repair and that all women should go and use the bathrooms in the children's section of the library. So what part of the sign did these women not understand? It's a library, I'm assuming if they are in there, they can read!! Had a male not listened to a sign directing him to other bathroom facilities and used the women's bathroom (asking a buddy to guard the door--or not. I think guys don't care if someone walks in on them while they are peeing), the guy would have been arrested or escorted off the premises. So why do these girls get to use our bathroom and think nothing of it. And yes, I know I'm making a big deal out of this, but I only had oatmeal for breakfast for 4 days cause I haven't gone to the grocery store in two weeks (out of laziness and because I hate dealing with it). So I'm basically crapping regularly and I can feel the fiber running amuck in my intestines grabbing everything in site to pull down and out. Not a particularly good feeling.

Anyway, why can they use are bathrooms and it's no big deal? A male in a female's bathroom is almost taboo. Unless you are Michael in a foreign country.

My next issue? People talking loudly in the library? I don't mind the children screaming out "I want a book", but fully grown adults speaking in a manner that has me believing they left their hearing aids at home is not acceptable behavior. Some of these people are louder than the finale of a Mariah Carey song. Take for instance this one man who was looking for boating license books. He just kept going on and on about obtaining a boating license. And he did it at foghorn level. He was shushed several times by some library patrons, but since he was talking to the librarian who didn't shush him, he felt "priveledged" and kept speaking 10 decibels above Rush Limbaugh.

What happened to the good ole days when a library was QUIET?


  • I agree with you, women shouldn't do that. But then again, could she hold it and that's the only reason? But if not, she should have used the right one.

    As for those people that talk to loud. People should have barking collars put on them as they enter so that if they talk to loud, the collar reminds them they are too loud. J/K.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 11:11 AM  

  • Some women do think they have special priviledges. She really should have gone to the other one. And I hate it when people talk in the library. If you aren't going to use your "library voice," GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 11:38 AM  

  • I'm actually surprised that a woman would go into a men's restroom considering that most of them are so filthy that you could practically catch an STD just by touching the door handle.

    By Blogger Ruben, at 11:39 AM  

  • For real!!!!
    You are right! What is with the women going in the men's restroom.
    That even upsets me!

    I hope you can get something other than oatmeal soon! :)

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 9:15 PM  

  • Well, shame on those women. They should have read the sign and followed directions. How would those women use the urinals anyway? Now, if the woman was my age (56), it really might have been an emergency. Ha ha.

    I think some of the younger generation have not been taught library manners. Maybe you should get you a good set of ear plugs.

    Actually oatmeal is a great breakfast. It gets you started in the right way. I'll bet it is easier to make than scrambled eggs. Good luck with your studying.

    By Blogger Lucy Stern, at 9:52 PM  

  • I would have gone in anyway and said sorry I have to go. If I had to guess that load person looking for a boating license was Slopmaster.

    By Blogger Big Ben, at 10:23 PM  

  • Well, of course, the rules about bathrooms only apply to us, the males, and never to the females.

    And what is the big deal about having a male walk into the bathroom if a female is in there? We have the same bodily functions, right? She would be sitting in a stall, so it's not like you'd see anymore than if there was another guy sitting in a stall when you entered.

    As for Mr. Foghorn Talksalot, I would not be above telling him to shut up myuslef, if the librarian couldn't be bothered. Perhaps by suggesting, he leave, right then, to go get his damn licence so you could carry on studying in peace.

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 2:49 AM  

  • Have you seen Donnie Darko?

    My favourite line from that film is when that girl at school with Donnie says 'Chut up!' every time people look at her.

    By Blogger ziggystardust73, at 4:58 AM  

  • ohhhhhh
    so you had to go poopoo? that happens to me always. something about the library brings it on. and if i went to go, and there was someone else in the bathroom that didn't belong, i would just say "deal with it, i'm going in" cause when there's a turtle head pokin out, aint nothin keepin it in. get outa my way!

    carry a roll of duct tape with you, and when someone is being loud, walk toward them with a menacing look, holding that out in front of you, they will shut their yap real quick

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 9:36 AM  

  • Quiet libraries went out aroun the same time that pissed off, nintey year old librarians who scream at you to be quiet did. ;)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:03 AM  

  • Great observations.

    With the bathroom thing, I think it's the same thing with women wearing men's clothes. It's a double standard, but one I don't mind.

    I think people in general are going deaf. With ear buds and noise pollution, we're all going to be shouting at each other just to hear what we're saying.

    Oh, your "spooky post" is now on my blog. I hope your readers will check out your personal story.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 4:01 PM  

  • Hahahaha, I've gotta laugh, especially after reading Susie's comment ... something about a library or bookshop makes me need to do No. 2's, too !! But, the women using the men's loo is not on, particularly if the sign directed them elsewhere ... these women have no respect !!
    I know what you mean about the noise in libraries these days ... it's incredible. I always make a point of being quiet, and telling my Chicky to shhhh (she's 12), but no-one else seems to care !! Loud conversations going on everywhere. Hope the study is getting along OK.
    Have a great weekend, and hope you get to enjoy something other than oatmeal soon.
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 5:03 AM  

  • I'll tell you the worst pee on the floor and it dries into a dirty stain...I hate stepping in it...

    By Blogger LBseahag, at 8:12 AM  

  • My mother is a recently retired librarian and I worked in a library myself for four years---I've learned that apparently even libraries are not a sacred space when it comes to people minding thier P's and Q's (and all the annoying things you mentioned in your post).

    An actual fist-fight, complete with rolling around on the floor, recently broke out in the library in my town. It was apparently started over who was first in the line-up at the check-out desk.

    The police had to be called. Come on, people, just read your books in the line-up while you wait!

    Won't somebody please think of the librarians!

    By Blogger Spider Girl, at 7:37 PM  

  • It seems that rudeness is now the norm.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 3:54 PM  

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