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December 5, 2006

the trough man: myth or reality?

The man in the urinal trough at the DC Eagle - truth or urban legend?


Mom, don't read the comments, OK?

Jimbo's nature word of the day: altricial, meaning generally helpless, as in a baby robin or sparrow. The antonym is precocious, meaning prematurely developed, as in a duckling ready to swim right after hatching.

"Piranha (Good) Sean is quite the precocious young lad - he knows the story out on the town, ya know?"

"Lookit that circuit queen stuck in a K-hole! She's kinda altricial at the moment..."

Piranha Sean is not stuck in a K-hole, and neither is my mom, fyi.

Posted by jimbo at December 5, 2006 12:29 PM


FYI: The 'Trough Man' gay urban legend goes like this: "OMG gurl, I was at the Eagle last night and there was a guy in the urinal trough getting peed on!"

I have never seen this, but heard unconfirmed stories from time to time. I seek the truth on the matter.

Posted by: jimbo at December 5, 2006 2:14 PM

I am unfamiliar with this "urban Legend" please explain.

Is he there dead? is he the trough? Is is a urine demon that pops out and tries to steal your soul?

Posted by: Dax at December 5, 2006 3:10 PM


Posted by: tim at December 5, 2006 3:40 PM

I dunno about the Eagle. But at the garage where they used to have sex parties (now the site of Whole Foods) true. Or so I heard ;-)

Posted by: Herb at December 5, 2006 4:31 PM

Ohmy, this would not go over well for those of us who are pee shy.

Posted by: chrisb at December 5, 2006 4:47 PM

Jimbo, given that there is neither a trough on first or second floors, which are the only ones open most of the time, the answer would be no. However I have heard from reliable sources that a trough exists on the third floor. You'll have to see for yourself one day, and go to the club night upstairs.

Posted by: copperred at December 5, 2006 7:44 PM

Carl Dearie: Back inna day the 3rd floor was just another floor, where on particularly busy nights it was open for everyone. You could look out the windows and watch what was going on in the patio. That's where I remember where the trough was...

Posted by: jimbo at December 5, 2006 11:42 PM

When I first started going to the Eagle in 1989, the 3rd floor was where The Leather Rack was located. It was kind of cool to wander up there with your beer and look at all the kinky stuff for sale. They had a whole wall of bins of Levis jeans too.

We used to have our DCBC meetings on the 3rd floor, and there is/was a trough in the bathroom, but it was hardly ever used.

Posted by: Brendan at December 6, 2006 2:16 AM

I don't know about the trough in DC but at Rawhide in New Orleans this guy was definitely laying in the trough, mouth open, soaking up as much piss as he could get. After having had enough, he climbed up and started to make his way through the crowd, brushing past anyone in his way. After giving him a wide berth, I wondered, "Where did he have to go? To get a cocktail? To take a piss?" It was Southern Decadence a few years ago...not exactly a Tuesday night at the DC Eagle but still one of the freakiest things I've ever seen. But hey, whatver gets your freak on. Just please don't brush your freak on me.

Posted by: Mike at December 6, 2006 4:21 AM

The species does exist but is extremely rare. In Sydney, Australia a troughman was a fixture (so to speak) at dance parties. He was captured on film by William Yang at the 1980 New Year's Eve party, at Luna Park (a traditional fun fair on the Harbour - see "Friends of Dorothy", published by Pan Macmillan Australian in 1997, page 50). I also recall he was interviewed for one of the Australian gay "lifestyle" magazines in the mid-90's. I don't have a reference for that. I just remember reading it in wonder as a small gay boy, wondering how his work colleagues felt on those days everyone is expected to bring a plate of food.

Posted by: scott at December 6, 2006 5:27 AM

I can vouch for the trough on the third floor. The last time I saw it open was a holiday silent auction many years ago.

And not at the Eagle, but I can vouch for various pigs finding their way into bars' troughs now and then.

Posted by: le 'tard at December 6, 2006 5:35 AM

Hmmm.... are you thinking of applying for the position or something? How the hell do you get a cab back after a night spent in the trough at the Eagle? Do you have a (non-golden)shower first?....

Posted by: joe at December 6, 2006 9:05 AM

Never seen it at the DC Eagle, but in the past, I've been to the NY Eagle several times when the bathroom had been taken over by a piss club and if you wanted to go you had to go either on someone or in someone. Back in the day there was a place in NYC called the Mineshaft with several tubs in the basement. As for the aforementioned P St Garage (currently located in G'town), the tubs came out regularly at parties (with sterno cans underneath for heat) - one particular memory involves a guy in a full business suit, with googles, completely innundated. There also used to be a regular "water sports" party about once a month here in DC which featured several tubs, as well as kiddie wading pools. You'd be surprised what some extremely hot guys are into.

It's a big world out there, Jimbo.

Posted by: Andy at December 6, 2006 9:30 AM

why has this urban legend come up today ,i wanna know

Posted by: nick at December 6, 2006 10:10 AM

heard the same rumor about the trough at "The Hole" in San Diego.

never saw it. but boy, does that place smell.

Posted by: johnny at December 6, 2006 2:17 PM

"Yes, the trough is there on the third floow, but honestly, I don't think its quite big enough to for a piss queen to lie down in. Now, I certainly have had people kneeling NEXT to the trough, mouths open, when I've been up there, but not actually in the trough.

And props to the poster who mentioned the troughs at the old garage parties. They were scary, rickety things. One time it collapsed and, well, let's just say it wasn't pretty. The kiddie pool was a nice touch, too, if you were into that kinda thing.

Posted by: stebbins at December 6, 2006 2:50 PM

I've experienced quite a few different holes but never a K-Hole, at least, I don't think I have. Or is that what happened to me the night I consumed all those drinks you kept handing me and then it was suddenly the next day?

Posted by: Good Sean at December 6, 2006 4:46 PM

Yes, there's a trough on the 3rd floor. But if you're bigger than Billy Barty, you'd never fit in it. I'd say "half-truth" rather than "urban legend".

Posted by: Dumbek at December 6, 2006 7:40 PM

Oh, aren't you all the tender kittens! I've seen the man-in-trough party trick performed at numerous bars: SF's Powerhouse, Ft.Lauderdale's Eagle, etc. Shrug.

Posted by: Joe.My.God. at December 7, 2006 7:02 AM

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