No mamacita, adventures at the urinal

The other night I went to the restroom to pee. It was sometime after six, I think, and I was winding down my work day. I rounded the corner, and came to the restroom door and saw that it was being cleaned by an older gentleman. I said that I could come back later, which basically meant that I would just hold it until I got home, but he was gracious and pleasant and told me to use the restroom, please.

Being as pleasant as he was I thought I’d strike up conversation. It may seem awkward, to some, that I started chatting it up with the dude while I was doing my business at the urinal, and normally that’s not my style, but it was a small bathroom and I felt like it would be more awkward if we just kind of stood there, together, listening to the sound of my pee and waiting for me to finish.

“How are you doing?” I asked.

He said he was happy, and he looked happy. He said that he was happy to be working. “It’s good to have work!”

“In Mexico,” he said, “we have a saying. No job, no mamacita,” which he explained. It meant that if you don’t have work you’re going to have a hard time finding romance/girlfriend. No work, no money. No money, no mamacita.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

5 thoughts on “No mamacita, adventures at the urinal”

  1. Ha! Whenever I go in to work in the big office in SF I will sometimes end up i n the bathroom with the higher level executives and the ~always want to chat~ while doing the bathroom business. I try ot be polite, but I’m just not the kind of person wants to have a conversation at the urinal! LOL.

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    1. Yeah I tend not to conversate while I urinate, but I suppose there’s a time and place for everything. The execs probably view it as a power pee, like a “power lunch” – never miss an opportunity to make an impression.

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