Thinking Out Loud

August 31, 2013


Filed under: personal — Tags: , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:59 am


I’ve been having a recurring problem in men’s restrooms.

(How’s that for an opening line?)

I walk over to the sink and I wave my hands under the motion-activated faucet; the scary place where electronics and water converge. But nothing happens. The sink doesn’t respond. Eventually, I try the one to the left or the right.

After finally washing my hands, I move over to the motion-activated paper towel dispenser. I wave my hands underneath in various patterns which mimic a variety of signals given by football referees. Nothing. This time there is no alternate location. Sometimes I eventually find the motion which yields the necessary paper to dry my hands. But sometimes I simply give up.

Each time this happens, a voice goes off in my head repeating the same script; “You’re not really here.”

Indeed, since I don’t believe in invisibility, the only possible explanation is that I am not present. Perhaps I don’t exist at all.

In a world where people seek significance above anything else, there’s nothing like thinking that perhaps you don’t exist; that you’re not here.



  1. Love your story, Paul! It was my morning laugh! Great observation!

    Comment by dianelindstrom — August 31, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  2. Yes, I often get that “sinking” feeling and feel like throwing in the towel (paper one), when nothing happens. I’m glad we always have a fallback plan. Wipe your hands on your pants. That works “every” time!

    Comment by David Fisher — August 31, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

  3. I’m sorry, did somebody post something here? Nope … just my imagination.

    Comment by Flagrant Regard — September 3, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

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