Man #33, Just Because There’s a Hole…Part 1

22 08 2012

Anyone who has been a parent, and especially the parent of a pre-schooler, knows that at a young age humans start to explore the various orifices of the body.

I, for example, at the young age of 3, decided to put a penny up my nose.

Then, I went to my mom.

“I have a penny in my nose,” I said.

“A what? Where? You put a penny in your nose?”

“Uh huh,” I said.

She tipped my head back, peering into my nostrils. “No you didn’t,” she exclaimed, looking at me, “You put a penny in your nose?”

“I know I have a penny in my nose cuz I put it there,” I said.

“Did you REALLY put a penny in your nose?”

“Nope,” I said definitively.

See that? Changed my story. I figured I would get in trouble, so instead of coming clean and telling my mother I had stuffed a penny up my nose, I lied and let it stay there.

It stayed there for a couple of weeks during which time I had a…”cold.” My mother was concerned because I had the sniffles. My nose was stuffed up and I couldn’t breathe until one day I let out a big sneeze and the penny flew out of my nose and across the room. Honest to God.

My mother looked at me in shock and disbelief and said, “You DID put a penny up your nose!”

To which I responded, “I told you I did!”

My mother loves telling that story, especially when she’s trying to embarass me. It’s one of her favorites.

Fast forward twenty-some years, and I heard my eldest son, about 5 years old at the time, crying in his room. It wasn’t an “I’m dying. Come save me” cry. It was more like a “I’m so fucked. I’m going to get in trouble” kind of wimper. I opened the door to his bedroom and asked, “What’s the matter?”

“I have a rock in my no-o-o-se,” he said in this pathetic, crying sound.

“How did you get a rock in your nose?”

“It was on my be-e-e-e-eddddd,” he said, sobbing.

This is the kind of fucked up shit kids will say when they realize they have done something really stupid, and they don’t want to take responsibility for it. It was the rock’s fault.

“A rock can’t jump from your bed to your nose. Did YOU put a rock in your nose?”

“Uh huuuuuh.”

Let me just say that any park designer who specifies pea gravel as a playground surfacing material needs to be strung up and pelted with said surfacing material until bloodied. You get pea gravel in shoes and then in the house. Kids are constantly throwing pea gravel at each other, and then they go and stick the shit up their noses.

I started muttering obscenities under my breath. Let’s be honest. I’ve never been good at the nurturing mom role. My boys love me; I know they do. Thank God I had boys. They know I love them, but they also know I’m better launching into action in a crisis than I am in minor kissing boo boo scenarios. We have all just come to terms that someday they will need therapy, and it will be all my fault.

“Ok, come on. Let’s go to the bathroom,” I said.

My son got up and followed me, wimpering, into the bathroom.

Once in the bathroom, I tried to assess the situation. By feeling the outside of his nose, I could tell he had pushed the rock all the way up to the nasal bone. There was no way for me to apply downward pressure to get the thing out. I was silently freaking out, and the last thing I wanted to do was take him to the emergency room. It wasn’t that I was worried about the expense. It was because he did this about a week after his little brother was born. This was one of those regressive kinds of things older siblings do to get attention when the younger, new baby sibling comes home. The last thing I wanted to do was bundle the baby up and haul all of us over to the emergency room.

Luckily, I have a creative mind, I’ve always been a tinkerer, and I’m pretty good at figuring things out. I also grew up in Eastern Montana, out where the men are men and the sheep are nervous. I remembered how the men on the ranch would blow their noses without a handkerchief.

For any of you squeamish folks, I apologize for what is about to follow.

You see, out on the prairie, you just hold one side of your nose, bend over a little at the waist, and blow. The big glob of snot that results is easily flicked off into the wind. So, you see, I brought this prairie wisdom to my situation in the bathroom with my son that day.

“Ok, hold still. I’m going to plug this side of your nose, and I want you to blow as hard as you can. Understand?”

My son nodded at me, still crying, but more calm because Mom had a plan.

“Ok, here we go. BLOW!”


The snotty rock shot out of his nose and pinged around the bathroom. Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

Success! Fucking amazing!

Now, believe it or not, ALL of my boys have put things in their noses, every single one of them. I don’t know if we all have a gene that predisposes us to stuffing shit up our noses, but every single one of us has done it and ever since this first incident, I have handled the situation the same every time. I have become an expert in the projectile blowing of things from the nose.

I think it’s fair to say that we have established that I’m good in a foreign object in an orifice situation, right?

OK. Well, I told you that story so I could tell you this one.

My date with Man #33 started with the usual email volley on OkCupid, and after a few emails we decided we would meet for coffee. I was again putting my Starbuck’s gold card to good use, and while I know some of my male readers are offended by the fact that I think a coffee date is cheap, I have my reasons for despising the coffee date.

I met my date at one of the many Starbuck’s locations at the University Village Mall. We placed our separate orders, and found a comfortable place to sit outside. We made light conversation. He asked me about my job. I asked him about his. We were in the middle of this conversation, everything was going along normally when suddenly my date said, “How would you feel about putting a finger in my ass?”

No. I shit you not. That’s what he said. Seriously. He didn’t even try to sugarcoat the subject like The “Masseur” by telling me that he liked massages…

…massages of his lower intestine that is.

And, for all you squeamish people, I apologize for not warning you like I did above about the snot rocket, but I wanted you to receive the information just like I did, suddenly, caught totally off-guard, kind of like a drive by shooting, an assault on the brain.

It’s called a shocker for a reason, people.

He was just out with it with, “How would you feel about putting a finger in my ass?”

And, I…well, I coughed and tried to hold it together as chai started to shoot from my nose…

To be continued…

Photo from here.




20 responses

22 08 2012
Erin Kohlenberg Photography

I’m laughing. out loud. really… I’ve raised boys, so I get the up the nose thing. and the out of the blue questions? chai would have come out of my nose as well… at least he’s cutting to the chase!

22 08 2012

I think this was something that was very important to him.

22 08 2012


22 08 2012

Ok. I’m glad you’re as freaked out as I am.

22 08 2012
Kathy D

Um, I’m not gonna comment on the date, but I will say shoving things up the nose seems to be universal (not tied to heredity or sex). Unfortunately, I shoved a BEAD up my nose as a child, so the Prairie Nose Blow didn’t work. The bead was strategically placed with the stringing hole parallel to my nostril, so the only thing that came out of my nose was a whistling noise. I honestly can’t remember how I got the bead out, but I’m pretty sure Mom was involved. It’s kind of a miracle any of us survived, really.

22 08 2012

We could start a Veterans of Foreign Objects club.

22 08 2012
Allison Peacock (@Allison_Peacock)

How did I get so lucky as to raise four kids – two of them boys – with ZERO nose shoving incidents? This statement is just to distract you from my real reason for commenting: What. An. Idiot.

22 08 2012

You should consider yourself lucky.

22 08 2012

Oh for F***’s sake!

22 08 2012

The above comment is meant for #33.

22 08 2012

Oh, good. I was hoping you weren’t still upset about the penny.

22 08 2012

Loved the story about the penny, and the pea gravel… Priceless… Those are stories for the telling…..

22 08 2012

You may want to skip tomorrow.

23 08 2012
Chicago-Style Girl

I was dying laughing through this entire post, excuse the euphemism. I’m Taking notes on how to assist children in expelling things from their nose. I have decided that not kissing boo boos is okay cause I really am not that type of person either. And lastly, I cannot wait to read part two of this story, I can’t wait to see how you ended this date.

23 08 2012

I’ll try to get it posted today.

23 08 2012
Ditto Ditto

You reminded me of the time my best friend called to tell me that she had met a guy through eHarmony. She had met him at a coffee shop for their initial meet-and-greet. At the end of their meeting he asked her to walk with him to his car which he had parked in a less used part of the parking lot. It was a more private spot. Once at the car he pulled out a dog leash and he asked if she would mind whipping his testicles with it. I don’t think she has ever run so fast in her life! Thereafter, whenever she was about to meet someone new, I would sing Devo’s “Whip It” to her.

I’m not sure what the matter is with some men, but they do seem to have their issues. Take this as a little lesson and make sure to have someone at Starbucks watching out for you.

23 08 2012

Oh my god. I’m telling you; coffee dates are the worst! I’m possible scarred for life.

23 08 2012
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23 08 2012
Elder Baud

There’s a time and place for questions like his. Can’t think of any circumstance resulting in Starbucks being that right time or place.

On the other hand, I dated a woman who liked to ask guys early on, “So, where do you hide your porn?”, as a way of sizing them up.

23 08 2012

Did you tell her she could find it on the internet?

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