We used to call this a “merf”

February 9, 2006

I am pret-ty darn sure I’m wearing my underwear backwards today.

I guess it was an easy mistake to make. They’re those seamless low-rise hipster things, so there isn’t a tag or a huge difference between the front and the back. Evidently, though, there’s enough of a difference that if you get them on the wrong way, you’re going to bunch in the front and wedge in the back all day. And I can’t very well go into a public restroom and whip off my pants and rotate the underwear. I may just be stuck with it.

It’s pretty annoying.

Update! I came home for lunch and changed into an entirely different pair. Problem solved.

Filed under: everyday stories


  • 1. jim  |  February 9, 2006 at 10:31 am

    “And I can’t very well….”

    –sure you can! you used to have to change on buses for marching band, i reckon. you’ve gotta have soe of the guardvoodoo left.

  • 2. lorie  |  February 9, 2006 at 10:57 am

    Just because I had a cavalier attitude about public half-nudity in college doesn’t mean I should have it at work! I mean, I also got drunk and made out with random people in public back then – also not a good strategy for professional advancement. At least, not the kind I’m looking for.

  • 3. Heather B.  |  February 9, 2006 at 11:41 am

    I think you can as well. Just go in right quick and turn them around. Problem solved. It’s not like anyone can see you or anything.

  • 4. mike  |  February 9, 2006 at 11:45 am

    Yet another reason to wish you had an artificial leg.

  • 5. mike  |  February 9, 2006 at 11:46 am

    Wait. I just realized that still wouldn’t work. Yet another reason to wish you had two artificial legs.

  • 6. smussyolay  |  February 9, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    yeah, you totally can. you’re in a bathroom. and if there’s a handicapped bathroom, use that one. hang your pants on the hook. dude, you can do lots of things in the bathroom. they have doors for a reason. it’s not a jail.

  • 7. Ginny  |  February 9, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve totally changed clothes in public restrooms before.. just make sure that no one can get ahold of your pants and take them from you like in the episode of Mr. Bean.. and leave you pantsless in the potty….

    and I thought we called it a smurf? not a merf… A front wedgie = smurf? no?

  • 8. andrew  |  February 10, 2006 at 1:15 am

    i don’t understand the reluctance to make the adjustment in the privacy of a bathroom stall. i know certain people who have engaged in far, FAR racier behavior than that in areas of the workplace that are less “safe” than a bathroom.

    don’t you?

  • 9. jim  |  February 11, 2006 at 4:18 am

    as everyone picked up on, i was going more for the “in a bathroom stall is not NEARLY s naked as on a bus for band trips” thing. but then you wrote more in the other post.

    except! any coworker who is gonna look in to your stall enough to see your “nether regions” is a probalem if you ask me!

    sorry if my text message surprised you! i forgot i hadn’t given you my new phone number.

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