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Because it's been at least 48 hours since I've been inappropriate...

When I was in college, there were several women in our dorm with P.A. They would sit in the stall for hours, if that's what it took, until everyone had left the bathroom before they could feel comfortable doing their business. My roommate and I would corner these hapless souls in the bathroom as long as we possibly could, carrying on whole conversations (ie. "Isn't it gross when you hear someone peeing?" "Yeah, totally gross. I hate it."), or even addressing them directly (*knockknock* "You don't have Potty Anxiety by chance, do you?").

Yeah, we were beeyotches.

Anyway, I've recently run into a few more folks with P.A., and I'm starting to wonder if it's more common than I thought. I may also be having a touch of post-college hazing guilt. (Only a touch.)

So, I'm curious. Curious enough to do a highly scientific poll on the topic.

[Poll #1356692]

Date: 2009-02-27 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agirlnamedluna.livejournal.com
I clicked 2, 3 & 4 because it really depends ... Sometimes I really have to do go and I'm in a place where I know nobody anyway (and won't ever know them) and then it just goes ... but usually I'm uncomfortable at least a bit.

I can't go #2 anywhere else than at my house or with trusted company though.

Public restrooms are the devil ... I avoid them as much as I can. I went through hell being pregnant but I had to LOL>

Date: 2009-02-27 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raecarson.livejournal.com
Eek! Yeah, pregnancy wouldn't give one much of a choice, would it?

Date: 2009-02-28 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agirlnamedluna.livejournal.com
LOL no ... and people wondered why I never ventured out too far ... the worst was those really dirty tearoom cabinets and we were there for my uncle's birthday ... and I kept having to pee!

Date: 2009-02-27 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com
It was a little weird in my dorm, because there was a toilet stall that was like you see in most public restrooms, and then three sinks were right next to that. One shower cubicle. Shared by six women and whoever had come over to visit them. When I was in the toilet stall, I would do what needed doing, but when I was going in to brush my teeth, I would sometimes check if someone was in there and not go in, because there are some smells that interfere with my minty fresh sensations, and I can almost always wait five minutes to brush my teeth. This is not an anxiety issue--I was not horrified if someone came out of the toilet stall to find me brushing my teeth--but an aesthetic one.

Date: 2009-02-27 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raecarson.livejournal.com
This all sounds right and reasonable to me. Smell and taste are highly interrelated.

TMI questions get TMI answers!

Date: 2009-02-27 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadawyn.livejournal.com
Eh... I'm there to do my business. If someone's offended by that, they can avoid going into the restroom in the first place.

Date: 2009-02-27 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icedrake.livejournal.com
And now, inquiring minds want to know: Who made the decision to assign #1 and #2 the way they were assigned? And, while we're at it, are we all using the same interpretation for #1 and #2?

Date: 2009-02-27 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allichaton.livejournal.com
How about Other? I don't have a problem with doing the deed, but I find that running in to other women at the sinks is Intensely Awkward, and will wait until there's no one out there to leave the stall, at least for a few minutes.

Not hours, though. I don't think my boss would appreciate it. ;)

Date: 2009-02-27 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barbarienne.livejournal.com
I clicked #1, but there is a caveat. If I'm gassy or ploppy, I try to wait until no one else is there. If that's impossible (no large office bathroom is ever empty between 1 and 3 pm), then I'm queen of the courtesy flush.

Date: 2009-02-27 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purdypiedad.livejournal.com
Since I'm not a huge fan of knowing that the lady in the neighboring stall is stinking up the bathroom, I also hate to *be* the stinker. That said, I'd rather be the stinker among strangers than suffer. When among friends, I'm more inclined to release the inhibition entirely and yell, "Clear out! This is gonna stink!!!"

Date: 2009-02-27 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pjthompson
It's so hilarious you posting about this. I was thinking of doing one last week because we have a few people at work like that.

Date: 2009-02-28 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
In Japan they have toilets that will make a noise like flushing that will disguise the sound of potty business. Also in Japan, I noticed that, in the absence of those sorts of toilets, some women flush continuously to accomplish the same purpose.

Date: 2009-02-28 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kelly-swails.livejournal.com
Choice #2 for me. If I'm around strangers or close friends I'm okay, but get me around aquaintences or new friends and I squeeze shut. My first week of college was pretty rough.

Date: 2009-02-28 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hkneale.livejournal.com
When I gotta go, I gotta go. I have no fear. What I do have is a teeny-tiny bladder. (Second Ladyship had greater bladder capacity at age two than I do as an adult.)

I can't always wait until the loo has a socially acceptable climate.

When I was a teen I had one friend who had to go All The Time. I kid you not. Her catchphrase was "I have to go to the bathroom."

Date: 2009-02-28 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janeorben.livejournal.com
I checked #1 - I've never had P.A. But now I'm pregnant and have run into a new problem which is a sort of P.A. I had incredible "morning" sickness for about 5 weeks (the "morning" part is a misnomer. You can have it any time of the day and all day, which I did.) During the worst of it I managed to stay at home in my pajamas for 7 days straight. But the other weeks I had to go out. I kept plastic bags in my car in case I needed to pull over by the side of the road the vomit, and I was pretty okay with that. But what was mortifying to me was throwing up in a public restroom with a lot of people in it. I didn't want anyone to assume I was sick, so I ended up telling total strangers that I was pregnant and when I threw up I would hold my nose and muffle the sound with a wad of tp. I threw up twice at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC - I had to be there for a friend's wedding. That was definiately the most embaressing moment. I am glad that part of my pregnant is over.

Date: 2009-03-01 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerswife.livejournal.com
I hated getting sick in public restrooms with the morning sickness. It's just horrifying for some reason. Especially restaurant restrooms. I always worry that somebody feels it's commentary on the food rather than my insane hormones.

Date: 2009-03-01 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerswife.livejournal.com
There was a girl who used to turn on the faucets when I was in college. It drove me crazy. Then there were the girls that took their phones in with them. That weirded me out. WD has stories of the year his dorm floor was supposed to get new partitions for the stalls. They didn't come in on time and the college kind of forgot about it. That sounded weird. I do like to have the stall, but a potty is a potty.
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