Hi, my name is EtiClerk, and I accidentally inappropriately make out with strangers in public.
A few weeks ago a group of professionals from my home town was visiting the city I currently live in. I made arrangements to meet up with two of them for dinner. One of them (Pam) is the wife of someone with whom I used to work. We have met several times, she is nice, our families are friendly. The other (Fabio) is an attractive (I believe single?) man my age who shares my profession. I have met him a few times but no more than a few moments of chatting and one shared lunch on break at an event we were both attending.
I decided to stop by one of the group functions to hook up with them (no pun intended, you'll understand in a minute) and make plans for dinner. I dropped by just as they were finishing and scanned the room. I tend to get flustered in crowds, especially with new people. I spotted Fabio right away and continued looking for Pam as I made my way through the crowd. When I got to him, still distracted looking for her, I KISSED him hello. Yes folks. I clutched him in a warm embrace, and planted one on him. My friends and family are very demonstrative and I come from a tradition where you kiss for a how-do. BUT, Fabio and I are not
at this level of acquaintance and a handshake really would have done the trick.
I wish I could say this was the first time this had happened to me, but I have done it before. This time was only slightly less humiliating than the time I greeted the keynote speaker at a conference the same way. I had been greeting friends and old acquaintances and when I turned to greet him (a man I had never met) I was on autopilot and just, yep, you know.
In this last instance, I figured I would redeem myself by greeting Pam equally warmly, but she greeted me as she passed at a distance and by the time we got close enough to talk, it was too late for a hello smooch as we had already greeted each other and several minutes had passed.
At this point I am going to assume Fabio thinks I have the hots for him. Either that or he thinks I have an untreated affection disorder. I'm not too concerned about it, as I tend to humiliate myself in public with cheerful regularity, and this will blow over but my question is, dear ehellions, what would you have done to recover gracefully in this situation?