Weirdness Magnet

Do I just run into complete weirdness, or is it because I am looking for something to write about that I tend to notice it more than others? Am I somehow attracting this weirdness, or is it there for all of us to see? Let me relate something I sort of stumbled upon early last week, and you let me know why it is that this kind of thing happens to me.

At the bus terminal where my bus ride ends and my subway journey begins, I often stop to use the washroom (restroom in case you are unfamiliar with the Canadianism). It isn’t particularly dirty, but it isn’t particularly clean. Since the start of the pandemic the chairs in the other parts of the building were taken away and the only other thing in the building is a convenience store which mostly does brisk business in lottery tickets and serves as a place to load up your fare card. There have been a larger number of homeless people bunking there, but nothing else.

On Monday, I sauntered into the washroom (because how else would you enter) and discovered a man brushing his teeth. He had his luggage open and a variety of his clothes were folded neatly on the floor (in front of the urinal). It all seemed vaguely organized, albeit a tad disgusting. I guess I should point out the other remarkable thing. He was only wearing his underwear.

As per custom, we didn’t speak, but I obviously left a bit confused.

Your thoughts?

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I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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7 Responses to Weirdness Magnet

  1. Consider yourself fortunate he was not still bathing.
    I once washed my hair in the sink of a Via Rail Station. Fully clothed so it got a bit tricky. After three days in coach I needed it.

  2. I couldn’t see the problem until you got to the underwear bit 😆

    I have a feeling that the weirdness is concentrated around public transport…

  3. Well there are any number of reasons, particularly in light of the recent storms and chaos in the airport.

    He might be someone who’s travel plans were thwarted and he is taking the extra long way to get to his destination.

    And, because my mind is always in the gutter, he’s washing and brushing his teeth in anticipation of a sex tomp with his mistress who is anxiously anticipating his arrival. 😉

  4. Jinjer says:

    I’m completely grossed out by the folded clothes on the floor in front of the urinal.

    • Anthony says:

      Sorry. I hope I wasn’t too graphic, but I felt that the (true) story warranted its inclusion.
      I didn’t mention that the door was open and this person was standing in the middle of the bathroom.

  5. Margie says:

    Maybe it was Chris Gardiner. Aka Will Smith. He wasn’t in the mood to slap you was he?

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