GiB#2 | W.C.ruised

I was hanging out at the Beirut Souks a couple weeks ago, keeping an eye out for a cool swimsuit – the one thing I still need to get for the summer. I find one but it’s for $200 at Aizone, and the 30$ one at H&M is just not it. Boring. I need to pee.

After looking for the restrooms for about 10 minutes, I finally figure out that the access is through the stairs from inside the restaurant. It’s quiet and secluded up there, and sounds empty except for one guy washing his hands. I walk in towards the urinals, all three of which are empty. They have no partition between each other, an unusual thing in prude Lebanon.

I admit to choosing the middle one – perhaps randomly, perhaps because I’m a man of the middle, indecisive as a Libra; perhaps it’s the adventurous GiB lost in lust who picked it, the anywhere-anytime type of guy. The fact of the matter is, I chose the middle one.

A few seconds later, I hear the guy’s now using the hand dryer. But instead of leaving then, he walks back to the urinal next to me and unzips as if to pee. I’m thinking, who the hell does the hand-washing before the peeing? Ten seconds later he’s still standing there, but there’s no sound of any fluids. I feel he’s peeking at me. When I turn to look at him, he’s indeed staring, and oh, he’s also jerking off.

This is gross and embarrassing, and the guy’s not my type. And even if he was, I’m not up for it today: my date of the moment is meeting me at the Souks in about an hour, and I already have enough weight on my conscience for dating this guy, a friend of my ex. So please spare me also having to cope with the idea that I had a quickie in the restroom while waiting for him.

Sorry dude, no-go it is. So much for ever doing it in a public restroom, maybe some other time – I’m out of here!

Although not-so-hot, this furtive GiB episode kept me wondering. I can’t imagine how a straight guy would have reacted in my place, getting cruised by a random guy at the urinal – I mean this is Lebanon, and this thing could easily turn into a gay bashing scene. I’m not straight, so it was not a big deal.

For having lived abroad, I know that public restrooms often serve as gay cruising spots in other countries. I also know that GiBs are getting way out of control these days... But GiBs cruising in public restrooms of Beirut's malls?! That sure is news to me…


  1. AnonymousJuly 18, 2010

    i'm thinking i need to go do some shopping hehehe

  2. AnonymousJuly 18, 2010

    We can finally comment!!! :D
    Me and my friend read this!
    We laughed our asses off!
    Can't believed he did that...

  3. AnonymousJuly 22, 2010

    I visited the place but couldnt find anyone in the bathroom :P which bathroom are u talking about ?

  4. hahahah
    i wouldn t know how to explain it s such a maze over there, all i remember it s on a first floor, accessible from a diner-type restaurant downstairs, or from the main aisle next to the elevators.. good luck! :)

  5. AnonymousJuly 22, 2010

    why dont u open a discussion forum for a one night stand between readers ?

  6. I introduced your blog to a couple of my friends at work..Goodbye work place boredom, hello gay in Beirutttt! This is one of my favorite posts..!

  7. GiB- you are by far one of the funniest yet genuinely realistic writers I've come across. I have a lot of happy male friend but they are not as daring as you! You made me laugh today- it was a bad day for me.
    Keep it up ;)

  8. Thanks Danielle for being our best GiB champion out there!! as I already told you I REALLY ENJOY your writings too...and I noted down that this post you're enjoying... also happens to be one of the kinkier ones :)

  9. THANK YOU Rasha for this! Genuine and Realistic is exactly the kind of writing I'm striving to do... so I really appreciate it.
    Oh and tell the most daring among your happy friends that they're more than welcome to guest post on GiB!
    Here's to no more bad days at work: MOUAH!!!


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