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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "Behind the Red Robe"
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catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: July 1st, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. I like this one.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 1st, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad it works for you. I wanted to explore some of the challenges of living in community. Bathroom issues are ubiquitous, though the details vary; and every community has to develop methods for conflict resolution.
lyonesse From: lyonesse Date: July 1st, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

i used to live in a house with shared bathrooms, that had a sign that one could optionally put on the door: "trespassers will be embarrassed" :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 2nd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

*laugh* Good sign!

I've been in shared houses, and also at a festival site that had only one conventional bathroom augmented by composting toilets outside. It had made for some interesting experiences, and expanded awareness of bathroom traffic.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: July 3rd, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

One of my favorite college stories involved 2 friends freshman year and a shared dorm bathroom.

Since the floor was unisex it was custom to knock on the bathroom door before entering. WHoever was in would call out their gender (or "come in" if they did not care). If you were the same gender (or heard "come in") you entered, if not you found another bathroom or waited.

One day my friend Cindy was washing her face when one of the boys on the floor stumbled in without knocking, naked and hungover. Years later she was still teasing him about it and telling girls how well endowed he was.

This made me think of that story. Cindy died last July. I miss her.

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