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Title: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: jpcher on March 03, 2013, 03:06:26 PM
I don't know why this memory popped into my head. This happened more than 30 years ago and I still think that this was the time that I was over-the-top embarrassed and had now clue as to how to handle the situation.

I was 20 years old, engaged to be married. My fiance rented a townhouse (I had a key) and I was still living with my parents.

One night, about a month before our wedding, I thought to make him a surprise special dinner. I called him and told him that I would be there when he got home from work, but I didn't mention the dinner or the surprise.

I went to his townhouse with all the groceries, prepared the meal, put everything on "warm" then dressed into a (surprise!) skimpy outfit (not a negligee, but close enough ::)) I sat down on the couch, watching TV, waiting for him to come home from work.

There was a knock on the door.

I froze. There was no way I was going to answer the door with what I was wearing and the bedroom, where the rest of my clothes were, was upstairs. The stairs were right in front of the door. The door had windows.

I stayed put and thought "Please go away, please go away, please go away!"

The knocking came again and again. Many minutes later I cringed when I heard a key in the door and fiance's voice "She's not answering? She said that she would be here."

I ran to the powder room and hid. I was mortified.

Fiance was calling my name and I heard them go into the kitchen. That's when I made a mad dash to the stairs.

When I came down, fully dressed, Fiance said "What? You couldn't answer the door?" He seemed a bit angry, which embarrassed me even more. Friend said "I was knocking for 10 minutes!"

After turning more than 20 shades of red, stammering for a reason why I didn't answer the door, I quietly said that there was dinner in the oven, gave Fiance a peck on the cheek and left.



I honestly think that was the most embarrassing time of my life.



What about you? Please share your stories! ;D

Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: EmmaJ. on March 03, 2013, 06:03:38 PM
I have a thousand embarrassing moments  :) but will share the most recent. I was in the hospital visiting a friend, and afterwards thought I better stop by the restroom before the long drive home.

This hospital has only family style restrooms for visitors. I found one right in front of the elevators and popped in to do my business.  This one was a small room with only one toilet and sink. I dropped my jeans and sat down.

Just then the door was FLUNG open and a young teenaged boy literally leaps into the room.  I'd forgotten to lock the door. We both stared at each other, frozen in horror.  I stammered "it's occupied" and he finally spun around and zoomed out of there.

Now it occurs to me that the door is still unlocked and I can't reach the doorknob from where i'm sitting. And since this restroom is in a high-traffic area in front of the elevators, I was terrified it was going to happen again (it didn't).

Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: SiotehCat on March 03, 2013, 06:16:57 PM
I don't have embarrassing moments.

I have had so many (think dozens and dozens) moments that would make normal people die of embarrassment. I stopped feeling embarrassment a long time ago. Just for my own sanity.

I walk into poles and glass doors/walls. I tripped on my own pants and fell down the stairs in the middle of a busy bookstore. I fell down the stairs outside a busy restaurant AS I was thinking "please dont fall down these stairs"!

DS and I were in a travel center once because we each needed to use the restroom. He went into the boys restroom while I used my phone. I finished up and then followed him. I stood in the busy mens restroom with every man looking at me and I completely forgot what I was doing. DS yelled at me to get out.


OP, what happened with your fiance? Did you ever explain what happened?
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: mmswm on March 03, 2013, 06:32:03 PM
My most embarrassing moment was while teaching.  That term I was teaching a business calculus class that met at night.  Most of the students were older than traditional aged students.

This particular night we were learning how to take derivatives using the multiplication rule.  The lesson was going well, then I showed them an example that combined the multiplication rule and the chain rule (which we had learned in a previous lesson).  Now, it's not important for the telling of this story that the reader has any clue what those two rule actually are.  What's needed is the knowledge that a problem of this time winds up being more tedious than difficult.  As I was going through the many steps involved, I could hear all the whining and sighing from the class.  I finally looked at them and said, "You know, just because it's long, doesn't meant it's hard."

Then the snickers started.  At first it was just a couple of students.  Then other students figured out the double entendre.  It took several minutes to recover the class.  Oh, well.  At least it wasn't as bad as what one of my biology professors said.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: bonyk on March 03, 2013, 06:38:57 PM
At high school orientation, I tripped and landed face down in front of the entire freshman class.  4 years later, our class president used it as an example in a speech about overcoming challenges at senior night. .  :-[
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: EllenS on March 03, 2013, 08:33:58 PM
Just after college, I was visiting a large theme park with a friend, and we were being hosted by a friend of hers, who was an employee and gave us special access, tours, discounts, etc.  He and I had been flirting for several days of our visit.  Nice guy. (NG)

Toward the end of our visit, I stopped by the restroom and was surprised to discover that I needed to spend a quarter in one of the machines for emergency supplies (IYKWIM).  Unfortunately, the more "secure" option was sold out, and the more bulky option was the only thing available.  Even more unfortunately, I had not planned for this eventuality when dressing that morning, and my foundation garments were on the flimsy side.

Shortly thereafter, we were all browsing in the gift shop.  NG walks around the corner aisle to speak to me, and I turn to smile at him...when my Emergency Supply falls right out the leg of my shorts onto the floor.

NG was a perfect gentleman - he kept right on walking.  But we couldn't look each other in the eye the rest of the trip.
Title: !
Post by: soupmom on March 04, 2013, 12:06:27 PM
Not long after DH & I married, I started working as a reporter.  One day my editor assigned me to cover an important school board meeting that evening.

My husband got home from work earlier than usual.  After an early dinner, we started feeling romantic and took advantage of the extra time to spend quality time together.  I dozed off then suddenly awoke, realizing I was going to be late to the meeting if I didn't get myself together quickly and head out.  So I did, getting there with just a few moments to spare.

At which point, a (nice!) middle-aged woman pulled me aside and quietly said, "Honey, your pants are on inside out."

I don't think my face has ever turned so red.  The incident taught me to leave myself enough time to check myself before I head out the door.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: oceanus on March 04, 2013, 12:16:55 PM
I've had a lot, but here's one I remember:

At a banquet I was assigned to sit on the podium (to be introduced, thanked, say a few words, etc.) with about 6-8 others.  Before taking our seats we got food from the buffet.  I had on heels, and Id had a drink earlier.  As I approached the podium, I tripped, fell flat on my chest,  :-[ and the tray and food flew everywhere.  Ugh.  Several people helped, but it really bothered me the rest of the night.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: CakeBeret on March 04, 2013, 12:30:18 PM
I am clumsy to the core and, like Sio, have stopped feeling embarrassed at my clumsiness out of self-preservation. I have the ability to trip over absolutely nothing, fall going up the stairs, get thrown off balance for no reason, and accidentally drop things.

I have social anxiety, so situations that would, to a normal person, barely register, feel more like 'strong embarrassment' to me, but again, I've come to live with that.

I think I have posted my most embarrassing story on here before, but it bears repeating.

I had just been given a former coworker's work cell phone, that very day. This was back in the "dumb phone" days and it was a basic flip phone. I had checked the ringtone and put the phone on silent, and left it inside my purse.

So it was late evening, and we were seated in the quiet church with our pastor for pre-marriage counseling. It is a very conservative church and a very conservative minister, and the place is very very quiet.

Suddenly, from the depths of my bag, there comes a loud blast of "Hey! You're a crazy b**** but you f*** so good..."

Mortified, I fished out the phone to discover that an alarm had been set, with that song as the alarm tone. Hands down, I have never felt more humiliated.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Reader on March 04, 2013, 12:31:36 PM
I stopped once for gas after work, so I was still in business casual with heels.  After placing the pump into my tank and starting to refuel I decided the best option for me at the time was to step over the hose to put my card back in my purse (which was in the car still).  Suffice to say I didn't clear the gas hose.  My right heel caught the hose and I did a full side plant.  I think I turned six shades of read and really wished the ground would swallow me up, since I was not the only at the station at the time.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Beyond The Veil on March 04, 2013, 12:56:26 PM
<Background.> I was eighteen, on my Senior Trip to Disney. We headed to Blizzard Beach.</Background.>

So, EVERYONE was in line to get on the biggest slide there. I remember something said about it being the tallest on the east coast, but perhaps not. Either way, everyone who went on the class trip was there.

I had/have never considered myself beautiful or feminine. I watched all the pretty girls in the tiniest bikinis ever go down that slide just fine. Then there was me, in my frumpy t-shirt and shorts because of my self-esteem issues.

I went down that slide and my shirt just, by whatever fate of the universe, decided to fly above my head and expose me to the poor people on-looking. Fortunately there weren't any kids at the bottom. Unfortunately, it was my fellow classmen.

 :'(  :-[  :-[  :-[

See, I was the first girl to play on the football team at that high school. Some of my fellow teammates patted me on the back after, and we had this kind of relationship where we could say anything on our minds. They tried to console me, saying: "Well, at least the girl with the biggest bazongas had it happen to her. A plus for the whooooole class!"

Yeah, at the time I was mortified. In retrospect, now it's really hilarious and that response from a young virile fellow makes me laugh.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: BeagleMommy on March 04, 2013, 01:13:54 PM
While DH and I were dating I was visiting him at his parents' house.  His father suggested we go for a swim in the nearby river.  Well, it was "that time of the month" for me so I was not going swimming.  I declined by saying "Oh, not today" and FIL kept asking for a reason.

By this time I'm turning about 8 shades of red.  DH tries whispering "Dad, it's a female thing".  Did that help?  Nope.  FIL just kept insisting that I shouldn't worry about "hair getting wet and make up disappearing".

Finally, MIL shouts from another room "For the love of Deity, FIL, she has her period!".  I wanted to run out of the room.  Fortunately, DH took my by the hand and said "I think we need to go for a walk" and out we went.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Virg on March 04, 2013, 02:48:11 PM
Yeah.  I posted this in another thread, so I'll just link it here.  It may or may not be the most embarrassing thing I've experienced but it sure ranks up there.

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=29350.msg666155#msg666155 (http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=29350.msg666155#msg666155)

Virg
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: SDG31000 on March 04, 2013, 03:18:39 PM
When DS1 was a few weeks old we had some visitors and decided to go bowling.  At this point I was still trying to breastfeed DS1, but it wasn't going well and I needed somewhere private to do it.  The only place available was in the disabled toilet at the over end of the alley to where our lane was. 
I fed DS1 and walked the length of the bowling alley with lots of people smiling and looking and I just thought that they were looking at very adorable DS1.  I did until I got back to our lane and DH rushed over to cover me with a baby blanket.  I peeked under it and found that that people weren't smiling at DS1, but rather were reacting to me flashing my very flattering nursing bra to everyone as I hadn't done up my shirt after feeding DS1  :-[  At least I had an amazing cleavage at the time  ;)
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: TylerBelle on March 04, 2013, 05:31:47 PM
Quite some time ago, I was out with a couple of friends and the boyfriend of one of the friends. We stopped by a restaurant for beverages before going home, though I didn't have any money left with me.  The friend with the boyfriend ("Nell") announced to us that we could get a soda or something if we wanted that her boyfriend would get it for us. He'd done so in the past, but I didn't want it to become a habit for I didn't really like someone else spending money on me. Especially one who wasn't doing the offering in the first place. So I made my first mistake, I kinda hemmed-and-hawwed, on whether to get a soda or not, while Nell urged me to go ahead and get something. Her boyfriend seemed to make the decision for me and said, "Go ahead and bring it," to the waitress, while he'd ordered coffee for himself and the others got beverages, too.

Our waitress brought our drinks, placing the soda down in front of me. I'd taken a couple of sips when Nell laughed and loudly announced, "Look at you drinking his coke! That's his coke!" (Meaning her boyfriend's) I think I muttered an apology while I slid the glass over to the guy, who took it without a word. I was glad that I wasn't alone in not quite getting the meaning of Nell's boyfriend's words for the waitress apparently thought the same, though she was an innocent bystander in the mix-up. I blamed no one but myself, I should have just asked for water. :P



I stopped once for gas after work, so I was still in business casual with heels.  After placing the pump into my tank and starting to refuel I decided the best option for me at the time was to step over the hose to put my card back in my purse (which was in the car still).  Suffice to say I didn't clear the gas hose.  My right heel caught the hose and I did a full side plant.  I think I turned six shades of read and really wished the ground would swallow me up, since I was not the only at the station at the time.
Oh bless your heart, I've done similar. Running up on to a curb at shopping center for the mailbox there, the front of my sandals' bottom didn't quite clear the curb and down I went. There's a feeling like everyone in a five mile radius saw or at least somehow knows what you did.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Julian on March 04, 2013, 05:39:01 PM
One of many...   ;)

I'd severely injured my knee some months beforehand, and required surgery to fix it.  I was still on crutches and a had a knee brace, but was back at work.

A work conference interstate came up, and I had to fly up to attend.  I was getting ready to check in for the flight home when it happened.  Around 9am in a very busy airport, I went up to the self-check in screen, realised it was out of order, and stepped back - right onto my own suitcase.  Naturally, being on crutches and already off-balance, I went down, hard, on my butt.  Yes, hundreds of people waiting to check-in witnessed it.   :-[ :-[ :-[

I was quickly surrounded by 4 groundstaff and 3 Federal police officers, who fussed and bothered and fussed again, which made me even more embarrassed.  I was helped up, and assisted (not needed, I swear!) over to a counter, where I had to fill in an incident report, and the wonderful groundstaff gave me priority check-in ahead of the hundreds of people waiting.  I was treated like the specialest of special snowflakes.   :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[

The only redeeming thing was one of the Federal police officers, who joked to me 'Yeah, you did that on purpose to skip the queue, didn't you?'  To which I replied 'Curses, my cunning plan has been revealed!'  It helps to laugh at yourself when you totally, totally make a fool of yourself!
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: mmswm on March 04, 2013, 05:46:01 PM
Oh, airport stories...I have a few of those.

Non-embarrassing background:  The day of our original flight, middle son pricked his hand on a needle that had been planted in the bathroom.  This necessitated paramedics, TSA and city police.  Thankfully DS suffered no ill effects, other than the icky factor of a 6 month round of anti-retrovirals and monthly blood tests.

Embarrassing Part:  We were finally able to finish with the medical stuff and get a plane back home.  My ticket must have been flagged because as soon as I checked in using the self-check terminal, airline agents and TSA agents appeared out of nowhere to escort us through security, get us anything we needed and in general make our trip to the gate and getting on the plane as pleasant as possible.  I think they were bending over backwards in case I decided to sue, but man did our little group attract a lot of attention.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 06, 2013, 11:16:29 AM
   

I stopped once for gas after work, so I was still in business casual with heels.  After placing the pump into my tank and starting to refuel I decided the best option for me at the time was to step over the hose to put my card back in my purse (which was in the car still).  Suffice to say I didn't clear the gas hose.  My right heel caught the hose and I did a full side plant.  I think I turned six shades of read and really wished the ground would swallow me up, since I was not the only at the station at the time.
Oh bless your heart, I've done similar. Running up on to a curb at shopping center for the mailbox there, the front of my sandals' bottom didn't quite clear the curb and down I went. There's a feeling like everyone in a five mile radius saw or at least somehow knows what you did.

I always say when you're a kid and you fall, you make sure you aren't hurt, but as an adult, when you do a face plant, first thing you do is look around to see how many witnesses there are!
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: mmswm on March 06, 2013, 11:31:14 AM
The falling stories reminded me of one of my own.  I enjoy ice skating.  As an adult, I'm not nearly as spry as some of the kids that go zipping around the ice.  Thankfully, the rink I used to frequent had special ice time for adults who were trying to learn actual figure skating (as opposed to just enjoying the ice).  I used to go to those sessions all the time, and they were surprisingly popular.  I had just finished a class where we had learned our very first "real" jump (a toe loop, I think), so I was practicing. I fell a number of times, but the embarrassing part wasn't just that I fell, but that in one of those I took down this amazingly good looking man along with me, and wound up on my back, on the ice, with his knee and hand pinning me down in places where strangers shouldn't be touching. It took at least a week before I could talk to that man again.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Moonie on March 06, 2013, 11:41:39 AM
Well, let's see.....Oh yeah, there was the time I was working at a bank in the check processing department and was going through the lobby picking up work from the various stations. I stopped by the restroom first before heading out to the lobby. Upon exiting the restroom, I stopped at the water fountain for a sip of water. One of the loan officers was exiting the men's room, and waited behind me to use the water fountain. I finished with the water and headed toward the lobby with him following me. I was stopped by the lady who took care of the safe deposit boxes. The loan officer passed me and went to his department.  She told me that I needed to fix my skirt. Yeah, I had tucked my skirt into the back of my pantyhose, and had walked all that way with the loan officer merrily following me.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: nalapuppy on March 06, 2013, 01:06:03 PM
Well, let's see.....Oh yeah, there was the time I was working at a bank in the check processing department and was going through the lobby picking up work from the various stations. I stopped by the restroom first before heading out to the lobby. Upon exiting the restroom, I stopped at the water fountain for a sip of water. One of the loan officers was exiting the men's room, and waited behind me to use the water fountain. I finished with the water and headed toward the lobby with him following me. I was stopped by the lady who took care of the safe deposit boxes. The loan officer passed me and went to his department.  She told me that I needed to fix my skirt. Yeah, I had tucked my skirt into the back of my pantyhose, and had walked all that way with the loan officer merrily following me.

Your story made me giggle (sorry) but especially because of your user name  ;D
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Moonie on March 06, 2013, 01:51:53 PM
Ha!  I never made the connection...that IS funny!
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: bansidhe on March 06, 2013, 02:19:20 PM
Three that come to mind immediately are:

The Tote Bag Incident

As I was walking into work one morning,  a very polite male co-worker held the door open for me. He was visiting our office from our site in India, so I didn't know him at all except by sight. As I passed through the door I turned kind of sideways so as not to brush against him and in doing so, the tote bag I was carrying, which contained two cans of diet Pepsi in addition to some other objects, swung around with a good deal of momentum and hit him squarely in the...umm...coconuts.

The Slit Skirt

During a rare quiet moment when I worked at an urgent care I was standing in the reception area with my back to the waiting room, doing some filing. I was wearing a knee-length black skirt with a small V-slit in the back. Suddenly my co-worker Sally, who always spoke at jet-engine-level volume, practically screamed, "Hey bansidhe, did you know your skirt has a slit in it?" Confused, I answered, "Yes, it's supposed to." She shouted in response, "Well it goes up kind of high so I thought I should say something."

So everyone in the very crowded waiting room got to find out along with me that the back seam in my skirt had come unraveled to about mid-butt level.

Pierre

When I worked weekend shifts at an animal hospital, Mrs. Smith frequently came in to pick up medication or food for her poodle Pierre. She'd been doing this for some time so even though I worked emergency shift and never saw her or Pierre when they came in for regular appointments, I always recognized her and asked how Pierre was doing.

One Saturday afternoon Mrs. Smith dropped by the hospital when I was working and I cheerfully, said, "Hi! What's Pierre up to these days? Are you here to pick up food for him?"

She responded, "He died the day before yesterday. I'm here to pick up his ashes."

Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: CrochetFanatic on March 06, 2013, 02:31:21 PM
*sigh* There are so many...

Accidentally farted in class.  In Seventh Grade.  Got laughed at by my crush.  And gained a reputation that stayed with me until High School, just from that one little 'toot' when I shifted in my seat.  :-[

That's not so bad compared to some of these other stories, but it pretty much killed my self esteem for a while.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Mikayla on March 06, 2013, 02:40:10 PM
Mine was super gluing my eye shut, causing a corneal abrasion, and then super gluing the superglue container to my clenched fist.  This was my first and last attempt at false eyelashes, and it resulted in an ER visit.

What made it so ironic was I had been yakking on the phone earlier and we were laughing at the instructions on the super glue container to keep this out of your eyes.  What kind of idiot needs to be told this?!?

Me, I guess.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 06, 2013, 02:41:26 PM
*sigh* There are so many...

Accidentally farted in class.  In Seventh Grade.  Got laughed at by my crush.  And gained a reputation that stayed with me until High School, just from that one little 'toot' when I shifted in my seat.  :-[

That's not so bad compared to some of these other stories, but it pretty much killed my self esteem for a while.

Oh yes. The joys of childhood and jr. high embarassment.  I had many. I am very very very nearsighted, and stink at sports. at least any that require the throwing and catching of anything since it takes me time to focus on what's heading my way and usually get hit by it.  I also am clumsy and not at all graceful. Add in very shy and no self-esteem at that point in my life.  So anything minor was agonizing in my mind.

I can't tell you how many times in elementary school, playing dodgeball in gym, I had the ball chucked at me, deliberately. Then there was the time in gym class playing softball, and tripping over my feet, and somersaulting.

The worst was also in 7th grade. some dumba** gym teacher decided the 7th graders could play volleyball with the 9th graders. Who were much bigger and taller.  So I'm doing my best when some huge 9th grade boy spiked the ball over the net, literally into me. Hit me square in the face, and knocked me across the floor, and broke my glasses. I was humiliated, and ended up going home since I can't see squat without my glasses. To this day, even the thought of volleyball makes me cover my face with my arms.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Waterlight on March 06, 2013, 07:09:03 PM
One of many, but THIS is the one that really stands blushing face and shoulders above the rest for me:

<BG>I happen to have gone to college with a now semi-famous actor.  I had a work-study job as a carpenter/scene painter for our school's theatre department, so I worked backstage for several plays he was in and got to know him pretty well.  We weren't close, but we were friendly whenever we saw each other on campus, and he was very nice and down-to-earth--unlike some of the actors who were real pains in the posterior!</BG>

Anyway, one night after a performance Now Semi-Famous Actor invited everyone over to his house for a cast party.  I drank very heavily at that party--and passed out drunk on his living room floor!  When I came to, there he was, looking down at me with this expression on his face like, "I know I should be worried about you but this is just too d*** funny!"  For getting drunk and passing out was out of character for me, you see.   ;)

Now for the REALLY embarrassing part, in retrospect:  Though I haven't had much contact with him since college (I did send a congratulatory card when he got a long-term job on a TV series), I am told by mutual friends of ours that he still remembers that incident!   :-[
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on March 06, 2013, 07:28:47 PM
You can't tell us that without telling us WHO, Winterlight!

Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Nikko-chan on March 06, 2013, 07:35:18 PM
I agree with GreenEyedHawk! (mainly cause i am curious to see if it is an actor i know of)
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: heyyoume on March 06, 2013, 08:00:18 PM
I'm pretty good at embarrassing myself but the most spectacular embarrassments have all been falls...

1) Hurrying to meet friends and running across a large, crowded, very icy square.  I was holding my bag, a sleeping bag, folder and bottle of water.  They spotted me just as I slipped on the ice.  Because of my momentum I ended up flat on my back with my four objects scattered in various directions.   If anyone hadn't seen me fall over my friends cheers and applause made saw I was the centre of attention.

2)  At university going to class which was at the bottom of a very steep hill just off campus I stepped off the path to let a couple of people by and ended up sliding all the way to the bottom of the hill.   My professor made that one worse by asking me if I was okay before he started the lecture.

3) And the best -  I catch the train to work from a small community.  You tend to start to recognise all the train people around town.   One morning walking up from the train to work I jumped a curb and landed in an oil patch.  Straight on to my back with the 200 odd people who catch my train every day coming up behind me.  The only bright spot was the really charming and goodlooking man who helped me back onto my feet.   For the next three weeks whenever I ran into a train person away from the train they would ask me how I was and if I had recovered from my tumble.

I probably fall in a spectacular fashion once every six months or so... I am learning to handle embarrassment quite well.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: random numbers on March 06, 2013, 09:31:25 PM
Anyone ever tried the fall down, get up, and do a big sweeping, theatrical bow? Does that help with the trip and fall in public?

Most of my falls are when I'm alone, but there was a mis-judged the curb thing once....
I just stood up and pretended it never happened.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Onyx_TKD on March 07, 2013, 12:27:52 AM
2)  At university going to class which was at the bottom of a very steep hill just off campus I stepped off the path to let a couple of people by and ended up sliding all the way to the bottom of the hill.   My professor made that one worse by asking me if I was okay before he started the lecture.

Sounds like you just found more efficient way of getting to class! Maybe you should have started bringing a toboggan and made that your normal route. ;)
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Shakira on March 07, 2013, 05:29:04 AM
I have to say, this thread does make me feel better about my embarassing moments...at least we all know we're not alone!

A couple years ago, my very best friend and her husband had their first child. She was very excited and told DH and me that their children would call us Aunt and Uncle. They planned on having him dedicated to their church a couple months after his birth, and as his honorary aunt and uncle, she asked if we would come too.

Sunday morning, we sat in the pew with her and her husband. The pastor called for the parents and grandparents to come forward for the dedication. They all got up and stepped forward. Then the pastor looked at DH and me (I thought), and said "why don't the aunt and uncle come forward as well?" Unbeknownst to us, my friend's brother and his wife (the actual aunt and uncle) had sat down in the pew behind us. My friend's mother turned toward us (I thought) and said "come on guys, come up!"

So DH and I are all excited and bound up front with all their family...and my best friend is shaking with suppressed laughter. By the time I figured out what was going on, it was too late to reverse my actions. She grabbed my hand and we did stay up there for his dedication, which was sweet of her. Her whole family, who has known me for several years, thought it was just HILARIOUS.

Wow, every time she has a baby though I'll have to relive that one!
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: bansidhe on March 07, 2013, 05:00:04 PM
Anyone ever tried the fall down, get up, and do a big sweeping, theatrical bow? Does that help with the trip and fall in public?

I have - complete with shouting "Ta da!" That was when I fell at work in front of people I know, however. I haven't tried it when falling in front of complete strangers. Yet.  :D
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: bansidhe on March 07, 2013, 05:07:38 PM
I just remembered this story from the pre-cell phone and GPS days. At a former job, a whole bunch of us went to a resort in the foothills for some special luncheon and meeting. I carpooled with Diane, which in retrospect was a bad choice as neither of us has any sense of direction.

We made it to the resort, but next had to locate the clubhouse/restaurant where luncheon was being held. This was a separate building from the main resort. We got lost, then more lost, then hopelessly lost and ended up driving around in the foothills, up and down and around and around and sometimes in circles, for some time.

Finally we found someone who gave us directions and made it to our destination. Everyone else had long since arrived, of course, and were seated in a large meeting room in the restaurant. When we walked in they all burst into applause - and laughter. The room had a huge, floor-to-ceiling window looking out onto the foothills and they'd been watching us drive around and around the whole time.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Debbie506 on March 07, 2013, 05:51:08 PM
One of many -

DH's uncle's funeral.  DH was a pallbearer and went early with other pallbearers.  Funeral was in a nearby city I didn't know at all. I drove down with two other family members who also didn't know nearby city well.  We got to the funeral home about an hour early and decided to go get a bite to eat.  I didn't want to get lost, so we literally drove six blocks up the street and found a fast food place.  Unfortunately, none of us realized that due to one-way streets and other factors, getting back to the funeral home was not a point A to point B trip.  We ate and then spent forever trying to get back to the funeral home. We would spot it "over there" but couldn't get off the four-lane highway to actually get "over there".  When we finally arrived the funeral was well in progress, with the doors closed.  I was initially too mortified to go in, but my neice had more spine and just walked in and sat down with family, so I did too. 

That is the first and last time I will ever arrive late and interupt a funeral.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Hmmmmm on March 07, 2013, 06:47:59 PM
The thread about annoying ring tones reminded me of this. Not my Most embarrassing but it was extremely embarrassing at the time.

About 6 -7 years ago, my new cell phone allowed you to download ringtones and assign specific rings to different people. My DS thought it was fun and I didn't care if he changed them, so often found myself not even realizing it was my phone ringing.

I was out of town on business at meetings on contract re-negotiations with a business partner.  The negotiations were not going well, the lawyers on both sides were starting to use words like "fraudulant" and "failure to comply".  Around mid day of our third day, things had become pretty heated. Our lawyer asked me to step out of the confernce room with him for a quick discussion and I left my cell on the confernce table.  When we walked back in, everyone was laughing (including my boss) because my phone was playing AC/DC's "Shook Me All Night Long".  The fact it was my husband calling brought some to tears of laughter.

The good thing was it was a much needed break from the tension. But for the next hour, no one in that room could direct a question to me without a grin on his or her darn face. And any attempts to try and explain my son's actions just made them turn into giggling pre-teens.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Waterlight on March 07, 2013, 08:33:28 PM
You can't tell us that without telling us WHO, Winterlight!

Actually, it's Waterlight, no relation to Winterlight (at least none I know of).   ;)

If you're REALLY interested, please message me.  He is well-known in sci-fi television, not so much in other areas.  He had a major role on Star Trek: Enterprise, and a recurring role on Stargate Atlantis.
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on March 07, 2013, 11:32:15 PM
You can't tell us that without telling us WHO, Winterlight!

Actually, it's Waterlight, no relation to Winterlight (at least none I know of).   ;)

If you're REALLY interested, please message me.  He is well-known in sci-fi television, not so much in other areas.  He had a major role on Star Trek: Enterprise, and a recurring role on Stargate Atlantis.

Ack, sorry!  :-[
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Waterlight on March 08, 2013, 12:45:56 PM
Anyone ever tried the fall down, get up, and do a big sweeping, theatrical bow? Does that help with the trip and fall in public?

Most of my falls are when I'm alone, but there was a mis-judged the curb thing once....
I just stood up and pretended it never happened.

One thing that has worked for me--since I'm a major coffee addict--is laughing it off and saying "See what happens when I haven't had my coffee?" ;D
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: bansidhe on March 08, 2013, 01:39:38 PM
That is the first and last time I will ever arrive late and interupt a funeral.

Oh boy...that brought up a long-forgotten memory. I was also late to a funeral. It was for my friend's father and I got quite lost on the way to the church then when I finally found my way, was held up by a traffic accident. It was kind of a comedy of errors only it wasn't very funny. I walked into the church just before the procession up the aisle started (it was a Catholic funeral - not sure if they're all like that) and was the recipient of quite the dirty look from the giant, scary Irish priest.  :-[
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Julian on March 08, 2013, 03:58:46 PM
Oh dear, all these 'late to funerals' tales have had me searching Youtube for the Dave Allen sketch where the corpse was late to his own funeral...

half an hour later, I'm still sitting here watching old Dave Allen sketches and laughing like a loon.

Sigh...  haven't found the one I was looking for though!
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Bijou on March 08, 2013, 05:41:42 PM
I like to watch the program Pawn Stars.  My son likes flea markets and the like. 
One evening my husband and I went to a pizza place.  While we were there my son and his family, including his out of town FIL, whom we have met only two or three times and the FIL's wife, whom we had never met, came in.  They all sat at a table across from us and we were all chatting.  I asked my son if he watches Pawn Stars, but it came out "Porn Stars".  I didn't realize my  mistake until the snickers started and my son feigned being horrified and indignant.  Boy, did I feel stupid.  I guess it's one thing to ask a friend if they watch porn stars but quite another to ask your own son such an indelicate question.  :-[
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Kaora on March 08, 2013, 10:18:41 PM
I'm pretty immune to embarrassment now, I need to be.  I'm klutzy.

In recent memory, I think my most embarrassing moment was deciding that the sliding glass door, on a house my parents were being shown by realtors, was open/didn't exist and walked right into it!  A huge thunk later and a chorus of everyone asking if I was alright, and I proved to be fine.

Or, the time I was in an improv troop and misspoke.  The skit we were practicing, so not infront of an audience, was the newscaster one, like you see on Whose Line, where you have an anchorman, the host and the weatherman.  I was once the weatherman, and misspoke.  I intended, "Bugs Bunny was beat up by Elmer Fudd last weekend," and ended up saying, "Bugs BUnny was knocked up by Elmer Fudd last weekend..." :-[

I also once waltzed around Death Valley in a pair of sandals.  I thought it was a good idea; no one told me we were also going to climb the Trona Pinnacles and hike through Darwin Falls, where I promptly slipped in the river and got smattered in mud.  At least its my family, who know I'm a walking disaster...
Title: Re: Your most embarrassing moment
Post by: Jocelyn on March 08, 2013, 11:35:43 PM
In January, I went out to lunch with a colleague. Walking back to our car, I stepped on something. My left foot pivoted to the left, but my shoe didn't. Which caused me to pitch forward. I grabbed my colleague's arm as if I planned to hurl her to the ground so I'd have a safe place to land. Fortunately, she was wearing a down coat, so even though I grabbed her hard enough to sprain my own thumb, I didn't do her any injury, and she was able to stay on her feet.  It was bad enough that it happened in front of people, but it would have been even more embarrassing if I'd dragged both of us down.