The writing on the wall  

rm_connor696 62M
944 posts
8/24/2005 9:52 pm

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The writing on the wall

At the end of a long day I found myself nursing a Guinness (or perhaps the Guinness was nursing me) in a bar frequented by aging hippies and young alcoholics. I'm neither, but it's a comfortable space.

But at some point I had to do what all beer drinkers must inevitably do, and I found myself in a restroom chockablock with graffiti.

Years ago I read a book whose author claimed that the compulsion and anxiety involved in writing are, at least for men, bound up with the act of despoiling, that sullying the blank page in writing is necessarily a trope for excretion of a more earthy variety. (I'm not making this up: the book was Male Matters, by Calvin Thomas--a shitty book in the best possibile sense . . . which isn't saying much, I'm afraid).

Well, men often do experience anxiety about excrement--the whole "pee-shy" phenomenon. And maybe there is a connection to writing, else what could explain this urge to cover restroon walls with text? (You might call it the "epistemology of the water closet"--with apologies to Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick.)

Anyway, as I was reading the various textual droppings my predecessors had left me, my mind ran back to some of my all-time faves, and I thought I would share the best of the lot with you, my gentle readers. To wit: "The moon is much smaller than the earth, but it is also much farther away."

That approaches poetry even if you aren't kinda buzzed.

What are your faves?

rm_rsp54 59F
531 posts
8/25/2005 4:04 am

I was at a dive of a bar in an unsavory neighborhood in pittsburgh many years ago. I had to go so badly. There was a line for the ladies room so I ducked into the empty mens room. I was astounded at the amount of writing on the walls, but a funny one stuck:"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

Theflinkychick 107F

8/25/2005 12:58 pm

"Where in the frame of eternity does this matter."

"There is no need to put out another's light for your to shine brighter."

Bar on the riverfront in St. Louis, circa 1980.

Not all who wander are lost.

rm_saintlianna 46F
15466 posts
8/25/2005 4:23 pm

One time I was in a changing room in a department store about an hour away from where I live and written on the wall was (my name) is a Bitch!!!!!!! Now my name is not a common one and how it is spelled is even more unusual, so I would have to conclude they probally meant me. Kind of freaked me out, what are the chances of that happening?

rm_connor696 62M
834 posts
8/25/2005 8:38 pm

rsp: the "greaduate-school" version: "I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy."

chuchotte: que les salles de bain publique sont sales!

flinky: It sounds like you hang out in gentler bars than I do. I'm envious!

O sainted one: What are the chances, you ask. Is that a loaded question? I mean, um, well, . . . just how notorious IS your bitchiness?

Theflinkychick 107F

8/27/2005 9:42 am

LOL, Connor, I don't know about gentle, but it was expensive, decorated with giant posters of Bogart.

Not all who wander are lost.

Goldenhairgodess 64F
396 posts
8/31/2005 2:37 pm

Ok Connor;
Here is one:
Here I sit, broken hearted.
Tried to shit, but only farted!

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