Recently I had a flat tire on my car. I was driving it at the time and didn't realize it was flat and kept driving for quite a while (ruined the tire). In case you are wondering (like my poor husband), yes, something didn't feel right. I did think something was wrong, but I am one of those paranoid people that frequently feel like the car doesn't feel right. I have pulled over countless times to "check" the car only to see nothing wrong. So I didn't pull over to check until I reached my destination a few miles away. (I really am a good driver! Please don't think ill of me from this lapse in judgment!)
Besides the strange noise and bumpy ride, there was another clue. The other drivers all had this blank look on their face. I passed a jogger and he had it too. It's the face you get when you know something is wrong but you don't have time to react. It's kind of a wide-eyed, mouth ajar, staring look.
But this is my UC blog, so what does this experience have to do with it? Well, on occasion I have found myself in a public place when the urgent need to find a bathroom presents itself. It doesn't matter where I am or what I am doing, once I get the feeling, finding a bathroom is the only thing I can concentrate on. Very quickly, I go into a state of shock and then panic and then survival mode. When I saw those other drivers with their shocked faces it made me wonder if that's how I look when I urgently have to go. What do you think? Is there such a thing as the "UC Urgent Need Face"?
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