July 21, 2005

I'm SO Embarrassed!

How many times have you gone out on a date, particularly a first date, and everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong? Seriously, it has happened to each of us at one time or another.

I know I'm not the only one, there are websites devoted to Bad Date Stories and More Embarrassing Dating Moments.

Fortunately, while I cannot top some of those stories, I have had my share of most embarrassing moments and bad dates.

Have I ever mentioned I am really bad at names? I have a good memory for a great many things, just not names. I am a visual learner, so I learn in pictures. If I have seen or read something, I can usually call up the image in my mind and practically read from memory a page I have seen. I just really stink with names, especially those from verbal introductions.

I met this really nice guy one time the day after I watched the Tom Selleck film Quigley Down Under, his name was Ray; however, much like the female lead character in that movie, I kept calling the poor guy Roy. He would gently correct me. I would try really hard to remember the correction and two minutes later, call him Roy again. Let's face it, I had Roy on the brain and Ray was not amused. So sorry.

My first date ever was with this guy named Jeff. He was a pre-med major in college and had a 4.0 average. We met through mutual friends (he was a football player and I tutored a number of them in college) and arrangements were made for a double date. Back then, I spent most of my free time reading and writing poetry and prose. I had an extensive vocabularly. Anyway, when the guys arrived to pick my friend and me up, Jeff asked if I was ready. Nervously, I shyly nodded. He then whipped out a small book from his pocket and announced: "I have my Webster's Pocket Dictionary, I can know take you out." I was mortified.

Later that same evening, after we went to a show (Prince's old flame, Vanity, in The Last Dragon), the four of us ended up at a place called Sheleleigh's (a Bennigan's-type establishment) for a late meal. When the waitress came by to take our order, my date turned to me and I ordered "A Little Bit of Everything." He damn-near fainted before we could explain it was a small sampler, not everything on the menu.

Things happen, particularly when we are nervous. We occasionally have slips of the tongue and things come out in unintended ways. The important thing to remember is to keep one's sense of humor. A light heart and much laughter have rescued me from more than one embarrassing moment. Afterall, they also make for memorable dates.

For further discuss (and hopefully more revealing embarrassing moments), be sure to visit Sadie, Silk, Kathy, and our guest-diva, Michele of Meanderings, as well as the Wizard, Phin, Stigmata, and the Naked Villains.

Posted by Christina at July 21, 2005 12:01 AM

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I've had some pretty embarassing things happen, too. This one time...at band camp...

Posted by: zonker at July 21, 2005 07:40 AM

Oh no, not a band camp story...
The worst are fix-up, blind dates on Valentine's Day no less... needless to say, the couple who fixed me up, well they finally stopped doing that, and I haven't seen them in years. LOL!

Posted by: Tina at July 21, 2005 09:07 AM

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