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What do you do when the guy in the stall next to you says "I Love You"?

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Nocell What do you do when the guy in the stall next to you says "I Love You"?

Pray he's on the phone.

I don't understand how you can conduct business when you are, well, conducting business. It just seems wrong. Especially when you are in a public restroom, and the person next door is a captive audience for an intimate scene in your life. Do you have to share so generously?

"I hope you're on the phone," I said after he followed his "I Love You" with something about the groceries. Clearly I was intruding on his world, which was only fair.

"Yes," he replied after a second's pause. "Why?"

I looked down. Black loafers. Shined. Clearly not from the newsroom.

"Because I was hoping you were talking to someone else."


"Because I was hoping you weren't talking to me."


Suddenly, he wasn't so talkative.

Posted 02/18/2008 08:39:31 PM
could he spare a square?
Posted 02/19/2008 02:49:38 AM
sorry, not a square to spare.
Daniel Rubin
Posted 02/19/2008 07:45:38 AM
For puzzled comment readers, the Department of Context offers this footnote:
rent a car
Posted 05/16/2009 06:16:57 AM
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