Wednesday, August 29, 2007

My Most Embarrassing Moment. Ever.

Yesterday, on my way home, I was walking through an Orange Line Metro car looking for a place to stand, when the train suddenly lurched forward and started moving. Naturally, I was in mid-step when this happened, so when the car moved forward my center of gravity pulled me backwards (and away from the handrail I was trying to grab with an embarrassingly flailing hand). To keep from falling backwards, I over compensated and threw my weight forward. Well, wouldn't you know it, the train slowed suddenly at the exact same time causing me to completely lose my balance and face-plant (with my glasses and all) into the wall map on the side of the train. I hit my right cheek and forehead on the wall, and went down onto one knee.

A Good Samaritan rushed to see if I was OK, but I knew there was nothing he could do for my bruised and battered ego, so I dismissed him rather offhandedly. At this point (the whole affair lasted no more than a second or two, mind you) I gracefully stood up, opened my book and tried to read so as to ignore the fact that whole train was probably trying to hold back their laughter!

In retrospect, I should have taken a bow.

6 comments:

Joanna said...

Who HASN'T done that? I did that on the L in Chicago and luckily Marco was there to catch me. Duh. I also slipped and fell the other day in the hallway of a nursing home on some water! I felt completely lame because all my kids started cracking up at me!

Derbecker said...

A bow? Somebody would have shouted 'Encore!' and it would have gone downhill from there.

Conservative Futurist said...

Yes, it was as terrible as it sounds. And of course it didn't help that the train was filled with my professional peers from all over the city!

Nothing like watching an arrogant prick wearing an expensive suit fall on his face when trying to be smooth...

The Last Man said...

Only a jerk would yell, "Encore!" and everyone would know it. A bow recognizes that one just made an ass out of himself but doesn't take himself seriously enough to be embarrassed. I've done stuff like that (though not nearly as bad, heh heh) and I just stop for a few seconds and have a good laugh. I don't even look around to see if anybody saw me. I just chuckle and go on my merry way.

bclaussen said...

I did almost the exact same thing trying to be all sexy in high heels walking through a parking garage the other day. I lost my footing and landed on my face. This car that was driving by stopped and rolled down their window to CLAP and then drove away.

BSG said...

I think it would have been way funnier if you'd farted super loud. Next time you tell this story, add that detail. Embellish a little. It's for fun. I think another funny untrue detail to add would be the lady right behind your butt yelling, "Run! Everybody run!"