Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Red Faced



My recent fall (actually, more like tipping) with my bike led to a certain amount of embarrassment, which the Wookie and I discussed the other night. In 3 years I can't recall the Wookie ever being embarrassed about anything, the man is so even-keeled, but he mentioned the fall the two of us took on our 3rd or 4th date. Of course, because it was mortifying (for me), it bears repeating here.

A local non-profit organization shows movies on the wall of a very large building on the city waterfront in the summertime on Friday nights. People bring lawn chairs, blankets, munchies etc., make a donation and watch a movie. Kind of like a Drive-in but more a walk in. My station is usually a sponsor of one of the movies and I was going to be the "presenter" this particular night. It was the Blues Brothers (I love that movie) and invited the Wookie to come with me. I had another event to attend the next day so we weren't going to stay for the whole movie, but the organizers gave us front row seats to use anyway.

At the appointed time I got up front and welcomed everyone to the show. I pulled on a fedora and shades and did my little shtick, getting a few people up front to sing the Rawhide theme for prizes and then sat down next to the Wookie. The few chairs provided by the organizer were plastic lawn chairs that resembled Adirondack chairs. About 45 minutes into the movie I shifted in my seat and the next thing I know, with a loud crack both the Wookie and I are on our backs looking at the stars instead of the movie, our feet in the air. I don't know how, but both chairs broke at the same time.

I didn't move for a few seconds, trying to comprehend what just happened,when suddenly there were a dozen faces hovering over mine, people asking if we're ok. I started to giggle as did the Wookie and then most everyone else. People helped us up, we all picked up the debris from the broken chairs, and then sat off to the side for a few minutes. We had to leave anyway, so I found the organizer, thanked him for his hospitality, apologized for breaking the chairs, and we left.

Thank the gods, it was dark, because with my embarrassment I'm sure my face could probably have been used as a search light.

S.


7 comments:

LISA EMRICH said...

Oh my goodness. How dare you actually lean back and make full use of a plastic adirondack chair. You do know that those are more just for looks, not function.

Anyway, was it loud enough with a sharp bang that one could have deduced that someone in the movie had shot you guys through the wall?

If so, that's pretty funny!!

Diane J Standiford said...

LOL, I feel backwards off a chair, the cheap back broke, I was the Bethlehem Steel receptionist/security guard and was attached to a 100 line PBX, my glasses went flying, my pants ripped apart and my butt turned 50 shades of bruise! Luckily, not a soul was around, though the phone lines were hopping. I just kept talking and another guard had to bring me his jacket to wear around my ripped pants. I was laughing so hard, I never felt any pain. Lawn chairs-- fun times! LOL

Shauna said...

Lisa,
Too bad it didn't time with gunshots...

Diane,
Reminds me of the kids in class who always leaned back in their chairs until they finally tipped completely.
One bully in grade 5 was trying to get my goat one day when his pants ripped from front to back. That was the most glorious moment of Karma ever experienced.

S.

Denver Refashionista said...

Now that was funny.

BRAINCHEESE said...

The important thing is, you popped up like a rock star!

Linda D. in Seattle

Blinders Off said...

It is not often people tell each other at the same time, "I think I have fallen for you"

I am trying to be cute and funny :)

Shauna said...

Blinders Off,

Heh....

S.