A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 23, 2019
“I’m going off the grid” (said when not taking a phone to the bathroom)

Going “off the grid” means to be without technology, especially communications technology. Many people who didn’t take their phones with them to the bathroom have joked about this.
 
“RT @usedwigs: I’m going off the grid for a while (not taking phone to the bathroom)” was posted on Twitter by *h₂nérrrrd on June 20, 2011. “*goes to bathroom without phone* I’m off the grid” was posted on Twitter by Micah on October 30, 2016. “*forgets to bring phone into the bathroom* i’m off the grid” was posted on Twitter by FroVo on December 9, 2018.
 
 
Twitter
*h₂nérrrrd
@earthtopus
RT @usedwigs: I’m going off the grid for a while (not taking phone to the bathroom).
11:02 PM · Jun 20, 2011·Brizzly
 
Twitter
Greg Schindler
@Schindizzle
Sorry I haven’t tweeted much lately; I’ve been living off the grid (had to take a dump, and forgot to bring my phone into the bathroom).
11:57 PM · Oct 14, 2012·Twitter Web Client
   
Twitter
@_@
@ladiomen
no phone so i’m kind of enjoying this off-the-grid freedom but i’ve been having pretty boring bathroom experiences
7:50 PM · Jun 17, 2013·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter     
Jonathan VanDyke
@jonvandyke
Going “off the grid” now is basically forgetting you left your smart phone in the bathroom.
12:10 AM · Oct 13, 2013·Twitter for iPhone
   
Twitter
Jaycee Kaydee
@JayceeKaydee
Ya, I’ve lived off the grid
*went to the bathroom once without phone*
1:34 PM · Nov 21, 2013·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Dana Sciandra
@stimboredom
Whenever I say that I’m, “taking myself off the grid,” it is a euphemism for, “I’m going to the bathroom without my phone.”
3:37 PM · Feb 17, 2014·Twitter Web Client
 
Twitter
Brian K. Diaz
@briankeithdiaz
Just used the bathroom without taking my phone with me. Is that what going off the grid is like?
11:58 PM · Aug 17, 2014·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Micah
@starkfandango
*goes to bathroom without phone*
I’m off the grid
5:04 PM · Oct 30, 2016·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Salad Czar
@EdASalazar
I’m going off the grid
*leaves phone in bedroom while going to the bathroom*
11:12 AM · Jul 22, 2017·Twitter for iPhone
         
Twitter
FroVo
@fro_vo
*forgets to bring phone into the bathroom* i’m off the grid
12:04 AM · Dec 9, 2018·Twitter for iPhone
 
Twitter
Humza “Undisputed Comedy Ironic Genius” Khan
@Crew_Darey
me [forgets to bring phone in bathroom]: I’m off the grid
4:09 PM · Dec 18, 2018 from City Center District, Dallas·Tweetbot for iΟS
 
Twitter
squoze
@squozeofficial
Going to the bathroom without your phone is our generations version of going “off the grid.”
11:24 AM · Feb 16, 2019·Twitter for Android
 
Twitter
Chase Adams
@chaseypoo420
*Forgets to bring phone into the bathroom* i’m off the grid
6:30 PM · Apr 30, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
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