It’s Never Too Late to Learn How to Wash Your Hands

When I go to the men’s room, I’m all about business. I like to get in and get out, with neither a word nor a social scene. I stand, head down at the urinal, eyes on my own thing, and as soon as I’m finished I shake it off, stuff it back in, and zip up. At the sink, I turn on the water, wet my hands, get some soap, and do a quick scrub – paying little to no attention to those around me.

(One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone talks to me at the urinal. I’m all for a simple curt ‘Hello’ but when you start asking questions that demand more than a yes or no, the urinal is not the place for it.)

Yet by minding my own business in such a manner, I’ve apparently not noticed (until recently) that most guys put the soap on their hands first, then turn the water on. This is earth-shattering to me – I’ve always been one to wet my hands first, then apply the soap. Have I been doing it backwards for thirty six-plus years? That’s a major re-calibration to muster, but I’m game to try.

The things one learns in the men’s room… it truly is a font of knowledge.

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