There’s a worldwide unwritten rule that men don’t sit down to pee.
I can’t actually remember at what age I stopped sitting, but the act of standing up and draining the lizard rates up there as one of the defining moments of becoming a man; alongside losing my virginity and being in charge of my first barbeque.
Over the years I’ve discovered there are three occasions that I feel allow us to be exempt from this unwritten rule without fear of ridicule, mocking and generally being called a girl.
Here are my three exceptions to the rule:
When you’re drunk
It’s a well known fact that being drunk renders most of us virtually incapable of performing more than one task at a time. Usually the primary focus is the simple act of standing up, and yet we can still fuck that up; often spectacularly. So, standing AND aiming is a logistical impossibility and something us men simply daren’t attempt. It’s easy in the street because a wall (or car, or bus shelter, or police officer) isn’t a particularly small target, whereas a toilet can be. And if you’re 6ft tall like me, it’s like trying to hit a thimble…from space. The only real risk with sitting down and peeing whilst drunk is comfort. It’s likely you’ll simply pass out and wake up on the floor with your trousers around your ankles and your integrity in the bin.
When it’s dark
This one screams of common sense. I remember years ago sharing a hotel room with a friend (twin beds I hasten to add) and in the middle of the night he got up, went to the toilet, switched on the light (waking me up), said “fuck!” when his retinas burned out of his skull, pissed on the floor anyway because he couldn’t see, then stumbled back to his bed and promptly missed. I used to do the same to be honest. I used to attempt to combat this by doing the ‘one eye open and one eye closed’ approach. This was cunning as I’d switch the light on and I could see where I was aiming with one eye, and then when I switched the light off to go back to bed I would transfer to the other eye that still had night vision. Genius. Opening both eyes at this point is weird though. Try it. Then one night common sense came for what the Americans call ‘a sleepover’ and I had the ultimate epiphany; just sit down. No harsh light, no losing valuable night vision, no blue/green blob in your line of sight that looks like an alien attacking the Enterprise when you stumble back to bed….and no having to aim. Again, the only real risk here is the same comfort as when drunk. Try not to fall back to sleep.
When you’re horny
The best way to describe trying to pee whilst in this state is a lot like trying to hold down loose tarpaulin in a hurricane. Just when you think you’ve got it, you haven’t. It’s messy, difficult, and often uncomfortable and we end up standing like a duck with our arse sticking out trying to get ‘the right angle’. Just sit down. SO much easier. For those of you who haven’t considered this before; beware. It’s likely you’ll still douse the bathroom floor through the gap between the toilet and the lid.
Classic rookie error.
Soon you’ll discover the ‘sit and hook’ method. You’ll end up sitting a bit forward on the toilet, but chances are you’re on your phone anyway leaning on your knees (possibly reading this right now) so what does it matter? I was overjoyed when Justin Timberlake’s character in ‘Friends With Benefits’ did the sit and hook. Good man JT.
Now, these three exceptions to the rule of peeing like a man have been with me for years. Nothing else made it onto the list; it was Drunk, Dark or Horny, no exceptions. You could have all sorts of shit on your hands or have a broken leg and it will still be considered a bit girly if you sit.
That is, until now.
Now there is a fourth rule.
You are excused from touching your penis if your hands have come in contact with chillies.
(I’ll let you take a moment for that to sink in….I fucking did!)
In my case I’d finely chopped three bags of bird eye chillies. What followed was a sensation not unlike getting a blowjob from the Balrog, and luckily* doesn’t go away anytime soon. Even if I’d taken my blog’s name literally I still don’t think it wouldn’t have been as bad. Sitting down was an adventure and I’d even contemplated dipping myself into a glass of milk.
So, exception number four is chillies. And probably Deep Heat.
*sarcasm, in case you hadn’t noticed