I am on an airplane right now and thought I’d share a quick story with you.
I just went to the little boys room…just for a tinkle, nothing serious. Anyways, on my way up the aisle I had my iPhone out because I was finishing editing a secret photo I took of the man in front of me who has whiskers on his face (that is another story see: http://instagr.am/p/Q4uC0/). So I reach the little area where the stewardesses hang out, greet the small German stewardess who is brewing coffee or something along the likes of that. To be honest I didn’t look that closely. All that matters is that she said ‘hallo’ back. At this moment in time I still have my phone in hand as I enter the bathroom.
Upon entrance to the airplane bathroom, I notice how incredibly small it is, put my phone in my pocket, drain the main vein, wash my hands…then I think ‘hey, you should take a picture of how cramped it is in here for your loving twitter followers.’ I reach for my trusty phone, snap a few pics (can’t just take ONE, see: http://instagr.am/p/Q4uCq/), and open the bathroom door back up.
The small German stewardess is still doing her thing and I greet her again… To which she gives me an interesting look, eyes my phone and says:
“Iz nice ze mobile phone on ze toilet or vat?”
This question caught me off guard, I was rather unprepared to answer it so it took me a second to process if she was making fun of me or actually asking if my phone was nice to use while sitting on the toilet. I briefly flashed back to all the times that I have used my mobile phone on the toilet and considered a polite ‘why yes, it is.’
The processing began to evolve however I was able to conclude that she was in fact a short middle aged German woman who worked all day on airplanes, and that THIS was a snarky comment. A dig at my personal hygiene so to speak.
I stumbled over my words as I attempted to explain that I was taking pictures of myself in the mirror…her already raised eyebrow slowly inching further and further up her forehead. How does one get the message ‘I’M A CLEAN PERSON’ across in all-caps like that to a small German woman without explicitly saying it?
One of life’s mysteries.
After some awkward laughter on my part I admitted defeat and just walked back down the aisle to seat 7D. I am still questioning myself as to whether or not I actually did wash my hands.
Damn! I’m all insecure about my hygiene now!