Tuesday, September 14, 2010
What You Can Get for Four Quarters in Meridian, Mississippi
This was my one and only impression of Mississippi this summer: condom dispensers in gas station bathrooms. The text on the machines read "Hygeia helps protect against AIDS and other sexually-transmitted infections. However, the best way to avoid AIDS is to practice abstinence, and to remain in monogamous relationships until marriage."
I added the "sexless" part. The sign seemed to hope that gas station patrons were virgins.
Below the text were arrows and explicit instructions reading put all four quarters into the appropriate slot.
I'll never forget emerging from that bathroom with a sense of glee, not sure whether Mississippi was beating the system or creating it. Ryan reported that the same sign and machine was posted in the men's bathroom.
Needless to say, we did not spend the night in Mississippi.