I finish work at 5.30pm, so at 5.25pm I thought I’d nip to the toilet to empty my increasingly aching bladder before the 2 hour journey home.
2 cubicles. Both in use.
Alright, that’s fine. I’m clearly not the only one who’s had that idea.
I waited for 3 or 4 minutes before deciding the occupants were clearly masturbating or dead and gave up. There are another 2 cubicles near the entrance to the building so I thought I’d use those on my way out.
Both also in use.
I waited outside for about 5 minutes, calling out loudly to my wife sat in reception that “I won’t be long as I’m just waiting for these people to finish using the toilet!”
Despite there being noises from within, including flushes and the washing of hands, they weren’t taking the hint or showing any signs of emerging.
“I think they’ve fallen in darling, they’re taking forever!”
Still nothing. I think I heard one of them re-sit down for another performance.
What were they doing in there?
I decided, with bursting bladder and a wife reminding me that we could miss our train, that we should leave the office.
A full bladder is one thing, but proving my wife right is another!
So we left and joined the throng of London commuters and their inept sense of direction.
I tell you, attempting to navigate heaving crowds and packed underground trains with a hairpin bladder is an adventure. A nervous, sweaty adventure.
We made it to Victoria station and straight onto the train. Unfortunately, because we’d left the office so late, the train was really busy. Thankfully there were 2 seats available at a table, so my wife and I grabbed them.
I removed my shoulder bag and put it on my seat like a tourist with towel on a sun lounger.
“Watch my bag, I really need to use the toilet!” I said, hopping from one leg to the other.
I walked through to the other carriage and found the cubicle.
I waited longer.
I looked at my wife in the other carriage in disbelief.
I even asked some kids I’d they’ve seen anyone go into this toilet (in case it’s out of order).
“Yeah, a girl went in there, innit”
Eventually, after 10 minutes I gave up and joined my wife.
We’re still sat on the train and the toilet is still occupied. We’ve been on this train for 45 minutes.
I’m about to test the absorbency of these seats.