Any Excuse To Get Away

by admin on July 17, 2009

When I was a junior in college, I transferred to a different campus where I didn’t know anyone. I met a girl at the campus book store and we immediately hit it off. We were really close for years and then she moved out of state for a great job. We stayed in touch and then one day she said she would really like to come for a weekend visit. I asked her what kinds of things she would like to do on the visit and we thought up some activities. One of them was walking around Chicago in the neighbourhood where I live and going to some shops we would both like. You know where this is going.
So my college friend of many years arrived Friday night VERY late. Apparently she had misjudged the time it would take to get there. The next morning we get ready to go bum around Chicago. She wears flipflops. Like the kind you get from the dollar store. I parked the car in a parking garage and we started off. Not long after that she was complaining about her feet. Well, the car was parked in the garage. We could have walked back and gone home, but she was like no, lets keep going.
It started to sprinkle, and I had an umbrella with me, so I opened it for both of us to walk under. Well, I bonked her in the head a few times with the edge of the umbrella, BY ACCIDENT, PEOPLE, and she was like a hissing cat. Like royally pissed off at me. Her feet were all muddy and they hurt from the flipflops, and she wouldn’t even talk to me. Straight up refused to talk to me. So we went home and she went “to bed” until morning, when she was packed and ready to LEAVE before 9 am. I asked her if she wanted gas money to go back home and she just said no and took off. She NEVER SPOKE TO ME AGAIN. I’m not even making this up. My college friend of many years cut all ties with me over this!! Since I told her before she came all the way from out of state that we would be strolling around the city, why did she bring flipflops???? I mean seriously? Who does that? I am still flabbergasted to this day. This was over 2 years ago!  08-21-08
Why do I feel like there is more to this story then is being told?

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megs July 31, 2009 at 6:30 pm

“Why do I feel like there is more to this story then is being told?”

For me it was the “BY ACCIDENT, PEOPLE!”. Lots of venom for no reason, as though the Submitter assumes he won’t be believed it was an accident.


Alexis August 12, 2009 at 10:02 am

Had the writer never held an umbrella before? It is not difficult. Did he ‘bonk’ himself on the head? Or just her? ‘Bonked her in the head a few times’?! Once, is an accident. More than once? The writer was being spiteful and childish and was offended when it backfired on him. Hmm. Wonder why she never spoke to him again?


Alexis September 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

And the term ‘hissing cat’ to describe a woman is offensively sexist, in my opinion.


pixie February 20, 2010 at 2:13 am

I can’t see where it says the poster is a male?
If they were two different heights, it would be quite easy to keep bumping someone’s head with the umbrella, not to mention that your standard umbrella really isn’t made for two people to walk under in a comfortable fashion.


Marnen Laibow-Koser April 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Get over it. “Hissing cat” doesn’t read sexist to me in this context.


Max May 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I assumed the writer was female. It doesn’t read as if it were written by a man.


Miss Cosmopilite June 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Alexis, despite living in rainy England, I often bonk people with my brolley. A personal umbrella used for two people can be awkward, especially if the holder is shorter then the companion.
If the friend truely took offense at this, then the faux pas was hers, and was a rather odd overreaction.


Lexi September 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

This reads as if written by a 16 year old.


Samantha October 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I just have to say that some of the commenter’s are more rude than the people in these stories.


Skoffin October 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I must agree with Samantha.

I will also concur with other posters who pointed out how easy it is to accidentally bump someone sharing an umbrella. I’ve also had people yell at me for it when I did not do it intentionally. The heigh difference or wind can make it difficult.


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