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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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I had a great flight home from LA on Southwest Airlines on Friday.  My boycott on United has been going pretty well, but Amy and I are flying on it tomorrow to New York as it seems to be the only reasonable way to get from Denver to New York.  I’m pessimistic.  Plus I have a nasty cold so that’ll just make it more enjoyable.

But – I digress.  When I got off the plane I went to the bathroom.  As I lined up in my little stall next to 10 of my newest friends, I noticed that five of them had either iPhone’s or BlackBerry’s out and were typing as they went about their business.  Now – I’ll admit to doing this occasionally, but in this particular case I was kind of stunned by the density of the juxtaposition of peeing and smartphones.

It dawned on me that while most were probably checking their email (it’s really super urgent you know), a few might be tweeting their location – or – better yet – checking in with Foursquare (“DIA Terminal C Men’s Bathroom”).  Yeah – that sounds kind of weird.   I’m betting there isn’t an app for that.  Yet.

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  • Paul

    I'm sure Larry Craig would have loved an Airport Bathroom Tap App!

    (sorry, the setup was perfect)

    • http://twitter.com/ubercool @ubercool

      LOL!!!

  • http://markgslater.wordpress.com mark slater

    moral of story – picking up someones mobile device is as hazardous as shaking their hand

  • Perry
  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jhstrauss jhstrauss

    United is cheaper than JetBlue DEN-> JFK?!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

    No – JetBlue is cheaper but the flights are a lot less convenient / frequent.

  • Shane

    Who's the mayor of the DIA Terminal C airport bathroom?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

    I’m thinking it could be me.

  • David Semeria

    How long do these guys piss for? Once the old fella's out, I've on average got time for about one Hail Mary.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      I think their email duration is longer than it takes them to do their business.  That’s an interesting thing to ponder.

  • David Semeria

    Well spotted Brad. Some scientific investigation is clearly order. I'll handle the stopwatch, and you can do the other stuff..

  • Bill Mosby

    Dilbert, as usual, has covered something like this. Pointy haired boss got a call from someone in the can, then had his secretary dispose of his own phone as toxic waste.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/JChauncey JChauncey

    I have a really great story about using cell phones in public restrooms. – <a href="http://bottomupdesign.net/?p=46” target=”_blank”>http://bottomupdesign.net/?p=46

  • http://twitter.com/raj @raj

    What always strikes me is the serendipitous social network that gets created and destroyed in a short period of time repeatedly throughout the day. The shared experience of strangers is neat concept. Even at the loo.

  • http://www.livelovecoffee.com Solis

    I will admit that I have done this once or twice, usually because of getting an email just before or during, but I am always deathly afraid that I will drop my BB in the toilet and loose everything. So, I probably ended up looking extremely strange because I was making a point of not holding my BB anywhere near the toilet. Long story short, it is probably best to wait until you are finished with your business.

  • http://www.livelovecoffee.com Solis

    I will admit that I have done this once or twice, usually because of getting an email just before or during, but I am always deathly afraid that I will drop my BB in the toilet and loose everything. So, I probably ended up looking extremely strange because I was making a point of not holding my BB anywhere near the toilet. Long story short, it is probably best to wait until you are finished with your business.

  • mickael

    How long do these guys piss for? Once the old fella's out, I've on average got time for about one Hail Mary.

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