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When Urinal the Way

“We’re in something together. If this is who you are, you challenge people to be in all the way, and you explain what that means. Then you have to show them that you’re in all the way. That’s just how it is.”
– Bob Bradley

Public urinals are much like restaurant servers: rarely available when you need them. Yesterday at the beach, I stood in line waiting my turn to enter the restroom in front of a young boy – I’m guessing he was 8 or 9 – who was giving it all he had to be patient. He’d apparently waited too long to find the restrooms. The discomfort he felt was demonstrated not only in the distressed contortions that seized his face, but in the odd, birdlike dance he was engaged in. Clearly, he faced a challenge and was in all the way. As the door at last opened and a cloud of foul, hair-curling air followed the previous patron from the confines of the small public facility, I suddenly felt great compassion for the boy and urged him to go on and take his turn ahead of me.

"Urinal The Way" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/4.0 at 1/20 sec., 16 mm

“Urinal The Way” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/4.0 at 1/20 sec., 16 mm


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Somebody Loves Me; It Could Have Been Poo!

I debated whether to publish this post, but ultimately decided to do so. I am fully aware that some of you will perhaps find this post delightfully inappropriate while others will just frown and shake their heads. I believe it is important that I share this information, as I may have discovered something previously unknown and worthy of further study in the field of feline communication.

Last night, the cats and I watched a couple of sitcoms I had recorded on the DVR on Tuesday the 14th, Valentine’s day. My couch companions maintained their usual disinterested attention to the TV. Nothing at all seemed out of the ordinary when I turned off the TV and went to bed and enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

This morning, while cleaning the cat box, I found it. I have noticed for a while that interesting shapes are sometimes created from the clumps formed when the litter gets wet from urination. Typically, I just toss them into a garbage bag and into the outside waste bin they go. This time, however, I had to grab the closest camera at hand, my crappy Android phone. I knew it was the only way I would be able to prove I’m not making this up.