WARNING! This post describes an incident that may offend some readers
Shortly after 8am, Saturday, 2 February 2013.
It was grey and raining as I stepped out of my apartment building.
Despite the miserable-looking day, I was in good spirits because I was making a Costco run, something I hadn’t done in months, and I was also taking a friend and her partner as guests.
So, I began walking to a railway station about 15 minutes away to take the train to Costco.
I crossed my street and entered a nearby alley.
About 50 metres ahead at the other end of the alley, a young woman in a short skirt who looked like she’d had a big Friday night out on the town staggered into view.
She continued staggering to some garbage bins on one side and stopped there.
I decided to ignore her and continued walking.
A moment passed, and I noticed that the woman was still at the bins.
At first, it wasn’t clear what she was doing…
…but as I drew closer, I saw that she was now squatting behind the bins with her back to me, her skirt pulled up and her underwear pulled down.
I groaned with contempt and disgust.
This wasn’t the first time I’d seen Sydneysiders openly relieving themselves – and I’m sure it wasn’t going to be the last time – but it’s a grim and unhygienic sight that I never like to see.
I needed to get to my train, however, so I resolved to look straight ahead, pay the woman no attention and hope that at the very least she was only doing a wee and not a big poo.
I continued walking.
Finally, I passed her only a few metres away.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw her stand and pull up her underwear.
And then she did something completely unexpected.
In a ragged morning-after voice, she cried, “Aaaah…I’m sorry!”
I continued walking and didn’t turn my head…
…but I suddenly found myself saying, “That’s okay”.
After all, there had seemed to be some regret in her voice.
As well, the sound of that “Aaaah…I’m sorry!” was unintentionally hilarious.
And a day and a half later as I type this, I still find myself laughing at that.
Until next time, stay well and take care