Airport toothbrushing

At the airport the other night, I saw a woman in the bathroom. She had 5 or more colorful carry-on bags of assorted sizes piled up on the baby changing station (and no baby). She was brushing her teeth. That was a little strange, but I can understand the desire to have clean teeth before boarding a red-eye. Most tooth brushing is calm and dispassionate. Some brush with gusto. But this woman was scrubbing her teeth full force as if she’d just performed fellatio on an orc. Her mouth gaped open and she jackhammered that poor toothbrush as hard as it would go. I stared openly the entire time I was washing my hands and she didn’t even notice me.

She was Chinese. That should be the slogan. “Chinese people: not giving a shit since 3910 BC.”

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