Congratulations on your public urination!

18 06 2008

If I copped a squat on a bridge in broad daylight and let the rivers of Urino flow would you frown upon me; shout at me; call the men in white coats; OR would you smile approvingly and tell me what a great person I am?

I know one of my recent posts took a mini-jibe at parents so pardon me for a second jibe in quick succession- Today on my way home from work a mother stopped her kid (large and talking so I estimate the child was about 3) on a bridge, pulled down her pants and let her pee. Now I know when you gotta go you gotta go, but in the middle of a footpath on a bridge? When you could walk for 30 seconds more and use a toilet? When you could turn around and walk for 10 seconds and pee behind a bush off the road? Just don’t get it. I looked at the mother with a look which was a concoction of shock and disapproval and she smiled and told the child she was great!

What age do you have to be for public urination to be unacceptable? 5? 10? 25? Why do some parents feel like they can do what they like just because they’ve a kid?

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An incitement to ram?

17 06 2008

Baby on BoardI’ve never been much of a morning person- On a good day I might manage a couple of grunts or nods pre-10am. Driving to work this morning, bobbing and weaving between the non-indicating, kamakaze nose pickers, I was taken aback by the number of people sporting “baby on board” signs on their rear windows.

The driver of the baby-wagon in front of me captured my attention as she proceeded to crawl along the motorway, hugging the white line between two lanes as if a tram on a rail, delaying my progress significantly (I’m supposed to be almost at work by the time Newstalk’s Ger Gilroy starts talking sports!). I found myself staring at her “baby on board” sign with rage wondering what the frig was the point of it. Are you supposed to pause before ramming the car and reconsider your actions as..uh oh…there’s a baby on board? Or is it just another way for proud breeders to highlight their virility?…”yes that’s right WE have a baby and it’s in the car with us”. No, apparently the sign’s origins lie in urban legend….tragic car crash…signs put in place to alert rescue workers to the presence of a baby….mmm…still think their bad drivers way of detering agression!