and road races are where you find the most impressive displays of
port-o-potty’s. I’ve seen as many as 30 or 40 port-o-potty’s
strung out next to each other. Back 20 years ago you were lucky to
find 5 port-o-potty’s together at an outdoor concert, with long
lines. The port-o-potty business must be doing well..
The NYC Marathon doesn’t furnish enough port-o-potty’s. I’ve
never run one but I hear it takes 45 minutes for people in the
back just to get to the start line after the gun has sounded
(nowadays 30,000 people run it). By that time a whole lot of folks
have to use a port-o-potty.. So it’s become custom for guys to
pee off the side of the Verrazano Bridge (I don’t know what the women do; maybe they pee off the side
too) – you’ll literally see thousand of guys peeing off the
side of the bridge 30 minutes into the race. (Not to be in the
fireboat at the bottom of the bridge.)
Waitz sure could have used a port-o-potty when she was winning 7
straight women’s marathon’s back in the early nineties. Every
year she was getting a bad case of the runs at the 20 mile mark,
refused to use a port-o-potty, and instead, just kind of ‘ran’
through it (read that, port-o-pottied in her pants).
are nuances about the port-o-potty too – like how society hides
urinals from woman in all aspects of life, except for the
port-o-potty, where it’s thrust in their face like it or not.
seems to have a port-o-potty story: Meeting
someone on the port-o-potty line, making fun of someone who was
taking too slow, ignoring the universal port-o-potty
red-occupied/green-vacant sign and accidentally opening up the
doors on someone, guarding the port-o-potty door for your kid, and
so forth. We encourage you to send
your stories in to us here at paperbacknovel.com.
the meantime, we begin our port-o-potty photo essay.
installment coming next week.
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