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Scrutinizing The Status Quo September 17, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.

Mickey-SurferAfter our morning beach walk, we stopped at the outdoor showers to wash the sand off our feet.

As we turned to leave, a barefoot and bare-chested man in his mid-50’s approached the showers.

He turned on the water, stepped into the spray, and pulled out the waistband of his swim trunks, creating a gap between his bare belly and his trunks.

He peered into the chasm as the water made its descent, scrutinizing the situation to ensure that his quo was status:

“Everything OK down there?”

“Yup.  Everything’s good.”

“Any shrinkage?”

“Some.  But we’ll bounce back.”

“Great.  Everyone present and accounted for?”

Mickey-OK“Yup.  All aboard.”


After taking stock of his nether regions, the man released the elastic waistband of his trunks, turned off the shower, and headed back to the beach.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jill Weatherholt - September 17, 2016

LOL! This reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. Did you ever see it, Nancy? It was classic…”Like a scared turtle.” Happy Saturday!

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Yes! Elaine’s face as she says, “IT shrinks?” or I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.”

Jill Weatherholt - September 17, 2016

I know! LOL! She was so great in that show.

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Great script, characters, and cast . . . with perfect chemistry.

L. Marie - September 17, 2016

I remember that one too, Jill.

Jill Weatherholt - September 17, 2016

It was hilarious! That Elaine, she cracked me up. 🙂

2. Bun Karyudo - September 17, 2016

Well, you can’t be too careful.

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Exactly! It’s one thing to leave a plastic pail and shovel behind at the beach, but you don’t want the boys left stranded.

Bun Karyudo - September 17, 2016

That’s right! 🙂

3. Kate Crimmins - September 17, 2016


nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Do women engage in similar behavior with their bikini bottoms? Of course not.

4. Joanne Sisco - September 17, 2016

LOL!! I’ve been to several of my son’s Tough Mudder and Spartan races and have seen this scene played out at the open air showers numerous times!
With this dialogue in my head now, I’m going to have a hard time keeping a straight face.

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Yes! This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen it . . . and it’s always the boys checking on the boys. Good luck with that straight face.

Joanne Sisco - September 18, 2016

I’ve never heard that expression before “the boys checking on the boys”. I’ll have to remember that one 😀

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

Glad you enjoyed ~ I don’t think I’d heard it before. it just popped into my head when responding to you.

5. Tippy Gnu - September 17, 2016

He’s just making sure everything’s okay in downtown Las Huevos.

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

That’s exactly what he seemed to be doing . . . I just gave voice to his inner dialogue.

“Yo, Huevos!”
“Hey, hey, muchaho.”

6. Under the Oaks - September 17, 2016

We see this frequently at Venice Beach! We look at each other and shake our head yes or no and see which of us is right about who is going to stretch the old waistband… 😀

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Ha! We’re going to start to play that game here. What fun!

7. Don - September 17, 2016

You never know what can happen in those waves.

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Ha! . . . “Man overboard!”

8. beeblu - September 17, 2016

You never know with all those fish around!

nrhatch - September 17, 2016

Gotta protect the team!

9. sufilight - September 18, 2016

LOL! At least he has good communication skills with his shrinking buddy. 😀

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

Yes! Glad they are on speaking terms with one another. Cordial relationships are the best.

10. Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes - September 18, 2016

You sure have a way with words, Nancy. I’m with Joanne Sisco, it’s going to be hard keeping a straight face, next time I see this! 😉

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

The showers were not in use today when we walked by . . . and I still smiled.

11. suzicate - September 18, 2016

haha, Seinfeld classic, love it! Thanks for putting the clip in here.

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

Seinfeld = one of the best sitcoms ever. Especially considering it was a show about “nothing.”

12. Carol Ferenc - September 18, 2016

Exercise, surf, sand . . . and entertainment, too! LOL!

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

Going to the beach can be very entertaining. Just watching the tons of stuff that people schlepp back and forth is amusing.

When we walk, the only thing we carry is our flip flops. When we plan to “park it” in the sand, we bring 2 chairs, 2 towels, and a small cooler of water/snacks. But there are families on the beach who set up “tent cities” for a day at the beach ~ tent, chair, coolers, toys, radio, umbrellas, bags of snacks, etc. A massive undertaking.

Carol Ferenc - September 18, 2016

Sounds like work to me, but the effort must be worth it for some people. Whatever makes them happy!

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

Exactly. They aren’t blocking my view.

13. diannegray - September 18, 2016

Haaaa – maybe he thought it had been washed away by the last wave! Phew – still there in working order 😀

nrhatch - September 18, 2016

A very reassuring glance, I’m sure.

14. Tammy - September 19, 2016

Funny shower habits

nrhatch - September 19, 2016

Seeing this cracked me up!

15. Ally Bean - September 20, 2016

Delightful! Thanks for the smile.

nrhatch - September 20, 2016

Glad you got a kick out of it, Ally Bean.

16. colonialist - September 20, 2016

He had some pet shellfish in there?

nrhatch - September 20, 2016

Let’s hope they weren’t crabs!

colonialist - September 21, 2016


17. Debra - September 21, 2016

Like so many others, I, too, immediately thought of that particular Seinfeld episode. What a classic! Some people are so completely unselfconscious and little did he know that his actions were going to be captured for others to chuckle about later! 🙂

nrhatch - September 21, 2016

A more “serious” blogger would probably have snapped his photo to illustrate the post! But I try never to be more “serious” than need be. 😀

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