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From the woman's perspective...

When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women,
so you smile politely and take your place.  Once it's your turn, you check
for feet under the stall doors.  Every stall is occupied.  Finally, a door
opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.
You get in to find the door won't latch.  It doesn't matter.

The dispenser for the modern "seat covers" (invented by someone's mom, no
doubt) is handy, but empty.  You would hang your purse on the door hook, if
there were one, but there isn't - - so you carefully, but quickly, drape it
around your neck, (Mom would turn over in her grave if you put it on the
FLOOR!), yank down your pants, and assume "The Stance."

In this position your aging, toneless thigh muscles begin to shake.
You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat
or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold "The Stance."

To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover
to be the EMPTY toilet paper dispenser.  In your mind, you can hear your
mom's voice saying, "Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would
have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!"  Your thighs shake more.
You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one
that's still in your purse.  That would have to do.  You crumple it in the
puffiest way possible.  It is still smaller than your thumbnail.

Someone pushes open your stall door because the latch doesn't work.  The
door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your
chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the
toilet.  "OCCUPIED!" you scream, as you reach for the door dropping your
precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing
altogether, and slide down directly on the TOILET SEAT.  It is wet of

You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late.  Your bare bottom has
made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat
because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if
you had taken time to try.

You know your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're
certain, her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because,
frankly, dear, "You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could get."

By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused
that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a firehose that somehow
sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the toilet paper
dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.  At that point, you give up.
You are soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat.  You're
exhausted.  You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and
then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks.

Now, you can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic
sensors, so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk
past the line of women still waiting.  You are no longer able to smile
politely to them.

A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper
trailing from your shoe.  (Where was that when you NEEDED it??)  You yank
the paper from your shoe, plunk it into the woman's hand and tell her
warmly, "Here, you just might need this."

As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used and left
the men's restroom.  Annoyed, he asks, "What took you so long, and why is
your purse hanging around your neck?"

This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public restroom
(REST???  - You've got to be kidding!!).  It finally explains to the men
what really does take us so long.  It also answers their other commonly
asked question about why women go to the restroom in pairs.  It's so the
other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse and hand you Kleenex under
the door.

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