So this happened.. October 2001. Online chat conversation with former colleague
Bleuz00m (3:08:18 PM): hello? something ‘DUH!’ silly to share with ya..
Bud E (3:08:23 PM): ok
Bleuz00m (3:08:49 PM): just now.. a problem arose in the Men’s Room.. seems the interior door handle fell off and got lost.
Bud E (3:09:02 PM): whoops.
Bleuz00m (3:09:12 PM): One by one, guys walked into the Men’s room to take care of bizness.. uh post-lunch dump?
Bleuz00m (3:09:23 PM): before the other guys could say ‘Hold the door!’
Bud E (3:09:30 PM): oh, you’re joking.
Bleuz00m (3:09:35 PM): NO!
Bud E (3:09:36 PM): like lemmings….
Bleuz00m (3:09:37 PM): for real!
Bleuz00m (3:09:57 PM): finally one of the guys stood at door and just knocked and knocked..
Bud E (3:09:59 PM): so, each and every one was going, “oh, what do we do now?”
Bleuz00m (3:10:02 PM): yep..
Bud E (3:10:07 PM): how many guys were in there?
Bleuz00m (3:10:13 PM): and none of em had a cell phone on him
Bleuz00m (3:10:20 PM): so i understand like ten guys!
Bud E (3:10:28 PM): lol
Bud E (3:10:34 PM): that’s just too funny.
Bleuz00m (3:10:37 PM): yeah.. this is so stooopid!
Bud E (3:10:47 PM): are you still in the same building?
Bleuz00m (3:11:04 PM): finally, of all people, Nora walks out the suite doors and hears this knocking..
Bleuz00m (3:11:06 PM): yes
Bud E (3:11:31 PM): that bathroom barely holds twenty people. what was going on in there?
Bleuz00m (3:11:32 PM): and she goes to the Men’s Room door, dumbfounded.. why would somebody be knocking..
Bud E (3:11:37 PM): a party?
Bleuz00m (3:11:43 PM): XD i dunno!
Bud E (3:11:49 PM): was David in there? 🙂 [David was the only ‘out’ gay guy in the company at the time]
Bleuz00m (3:12:00 PM): yeah, no.. just thinking the same thing? LOL David would smack me for that!
Bleuz00m (3:12:25 PM): she asks who’s knocking.. and whoever it was said they were locked in.. no door knob..
Nora, to the rescue!
Bud E (3:12:32 PM): so, anyway, Nora, the hall monitor comes in.
Bleuz00m (3:12:41 PM): she opens the door and all these guys come trooping out..
Bud E (3:12:55 PM): like clowns out of a volkswagen.
Bud E (3:13:23 PM): or actors in “arsenic and old lace”
Bleuz00m (3:13:24 PM): As ya walk past the Men’s room door now, there’s a newspaper folded and stuck in the door with a note that says Put the Paper back in the door.
Bleuz00m (3:13:27 PM): yes…
Bleuz00m (3:13:36 PM): made me think of the 3 Stooges
Bleuz00m (3:13:46 PM): i’m still laughing!
Bleuz00m (3:14:03 PM): Grace was crying laughing
Bud E (3:14:20 PM): did the work get done faster for that brief interval?
Bleuz00m (3:14:48 PM): what do you mean, cause ten guys were held hostage in the bathroom by a broken doorknob?
Bleuz00m (3:14:51 PM): sheesh
Bleuz00m (3:15:13 PM): yeah, the system was quicker for a bit, i noticed. usually this time of day system response is really, really slow.. you remember? the < gotta get it done> compiling crunch before the big proj meetings at 4PM?
Bud E (3:15:31 PM): no, because 10 guys not being there sped up the work process.
Bleuz00m (3:15:37 PM): yep!
Bud E (3:15:40 PM): less managers to get in the way.
Bleuz00m (3:15:45 PM): gad, it’d make a dog laugh
Bud E (3:16:11 PM): depends on the dog, i’d suspect.
Bud E (3:16:38 PM): some dogs have a very dry and sophisticated sense of humor. irony, not slapstick appeals to them.
Bleuz00m (3:16:40 PM): nobody would ever believe something dumb like this could happen. Dunno which guys got stuck in there.. so far, nobody’s tellin and I’m certain none of em will fess up?
Bud E (3:16:48 PM): these are ‘high brow’ dogs.
Bleuz00m (3:17:10 PM): like a Weimeraner maybe?
Bleuz00m (3:17:15 PM): (sp?)
Bleuz00m (3:19:26 PM): there used to be some cartoon on Saturday mornings featuring a kid with glasses who was supposed to be really smart.. and he had a sidekick dog, looked like an oversize beagle, who usually helped the kid out of jams. in essence, the dog was smarter than the kid.
And that dog had the best laugh, a scratchy, side of the mouth snicker.
Bud E (3:19:36 PM): it’s not based on breed. there are intelligent dogs all mixed in. that’s what makes them so hard to please.
Bud E (3:19:57 PM): snidley and whiplash. no. sherman and.. Mr Peabody? yeah. uh rocky n bullwinjle?
Bleuz00m (3:20:16 PM): was that it? i couldn’t remember..
Bud E (3:20:32 PM): that was the name of the cartoon.
Bud E (3:20:41 PM): the dog was snidley. no. Mr Sherman
Bleuz00m (3:20:43 PM): just remembered that i loved that dog.. he was a wizenheimer, that one.
Bud E (3:20:51 PM): with an emphasis on ‘snide’
Bleuz00m (3:20:57 PM): yep!
Bleuz00m (3:21:37 PM): anyhoo. thought you’d get a laugh outta the silly predicament here..
Bud E (3:21:51 PM): yeah. that’s pretty funny.
Bleuz00m (3:22:46 PM): a conversation that won’t take place over the dinner table tonight:”So Honey, how was your day today?” “Oh just great! I got locked in the men’s room…”
Bud E (3:23:16 PM): oh, no. a guy would never let it be known that he was locked in the men’s room. too embarrassing.
Bleuz00m (3:24:28 PM): unless he wanted to amuse his kids or something? i’m not sure what i’d do. I once locked myself into a swim club locker.. and the lifeguard I had a crush on had to come rescue me.. talk about embarrassing..
Bleuz00m (3:24:46 PM): (i told you about that.. 9th grade..)
Bud E (3:24:57 PM): yikes.
Bleuz00m (3:24:58 PM): anyway.. had to share the silliness with ya.
Bud E (3:25:08 PM): i appreciate it. thanks.
Bud E (3:25:22 PM): i’m wishing i had something silly to share with you, but i don’t.
Bud E (3:25:45 PM): well. not really. but i got to the bottom of the ‘bert is evil’ thing that was online / ap / reuters.
Bleuz00m (3:25:57 PM): yeah.. such a crush on that lifeguard. it was just awful! and I was only in my underwear; the girlfriends with me couldn’t get the locker door opened it was jammed.. i felt like SUCH an idiot!
Bleuz00m (3:26:03 PM): oh yeah.. did you see that whole thing?
Bleuz00m (3:26:37 PM): and somehow, the image of Bert with Bin Laden is on posters all over Kabul and Islamabad..
“Osama has a new friend,” http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2001/10/47450
Bleuz00m (3:27:31 PM): did you read that Michael Jackson’s father had put together an underground force of street guys to go after the terrorists in the US..
Bleuz00m (3:27:40 PM): yesterday, in the paper..
Bud E (3:28:18 PM): yeah. i think what happened is that some Muslim entrepeaneur (sp) searched the web for pictures of Bin Laden, found one on the ‘bert is evil’ page and printed it with the (yeah, you backlinked it, which gave me a copy thx) rest of the pictures for the protest poster.
Bleuz00m (3:29:10 PM): ah.. so that’s how it happened..
Bleuz00m (3:32:57 PM): wonder if the Sesame Street people will go after the artist/person who created the “Bert is Evil” page, legally. Methinks it could be like that ruling recently against Mattel and in favor of the artist who created photos of Barbie doing surprising and kinky things… i think you sent me some of those Bad Barbie photos? Bratz? um
Bud E (3:33:18 PM): yeah I did. your laser eyes Barbie avatar pissed me off. did you change that?
Bleuz00m (3:34:27 PM): sorry. yeah, I did. anyhoo.. i should get back to my stuff here.. had to tell ya about the bathroom hostages! later, then?
Bud E (3:38:19 PM): yeah. me too. laters. thx for the ROFL Tell David I said hello?