Unforgettable for All the Wrong Reasons – #1 in a Series of Embarrassing Mistakes


Everybody “makes mistakes” occasionally. (When my son was small and did something wrong, he’d say “Oopsie…” in his cute little boy voice.)

Six of my dumbest moves are listed below. (Some things happened many years ago, but I still shake my head and sort of blush thinking about them…)

1) While walking quickly through a parking lot with eyes ahead, I tripped and flew through the air, narrowly avoiding a fall, right in front of my destination store. When I entered, several clerks were snickering. I asked, “Did you see me?” and they answered, “Yep,” and kept right on laughing.

2) When I worked in a hotel, I had to use the hotel’s lobby restroom all the time. One day, I finished the last of the toilet paper on the roll in one of the stalls, and tried to insert the spare roll sitting on top of the container inside it. The TP dropped into the toilet as it was flushing and got soaked. It was totally unusable. I went into the other stalls to get more, but none of them had any paper. So I had to go into the lobby and whisper to the hotel manager, who I barely knew, that I’d dropped the last roll of TP in the toilet. (This story was always my son’s favorite “dumb things that Mommy did” tale when he was young — boy, how he loved them! — and he gleefully recounted it many, many times.)

3) I fell about a month ago — sideways — after carrying heavy items and bumping onto a short, thick pole on the edge of the sidewalk. I looked up from the ground in horror to see if anyone saw me, and thought the coast was clear until a male voice behind me said, “Need some help?” I asked if he’d seen me fall and he said, “No, but I saw some feet flying in the air.” (He probably also saw my underwear.) Fortunately, he insisted on helping me carry the items to my destination.

4) When I was a 20-year-old newlywed, I went to a glass cutter to buy glass to protect the top of a small end table, having no idea whatsoever how much glass cost. The man cut the glass, rang up the cash register and said, “Sixty-seven.” I blurted out in shock, “Sixty-seven DOLLARS?!” He looked at me like I was an idiot (I was) and smirked, “Sixty-seven CENTS.”

5) I stood on a bucket to fix the garage door, fell off and broke my foot. (That’s a future blog post…)

6) I was in a children’s running race … and, oh, it’s too embarrassing to tell. Just read the blog post, OK?

Surely  you’ve done some dumb things, too?

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26 Responses to Unforgettable for All the Wrong Reasons – #1 in a Series of Embarrassing Mistakes

  1. Those are outright smart in comparison of dumb things. {big smile} Thanks for sharing this friendly and fun post. You are appreciated.
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  2. Your anecdotes made me smile. A real “calamity jane.” Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I hope I don’t jinx myself by saying that I haven’t had any tripping and falling incidents recently. To save myself that problem, I’ll admit that I’ve hit my head on the underside of our deck this week – twice!
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  4. Marcy says:

    I’ve done plenty of dumb things, and quite a few of them involve falling too! I am quite klutzy, so I could relate to this very easily.
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  5. Robin says:

    Your post had me laughing. I have fallen in public more than once. It happens to everyone at some time, but still it is embarrassing. I broke my foot as I went flying onto a city sidewalk after falling off my bike (front tire hit the curb). There were many witnesses. No one offered to help. Years ago, I tripped (more like rolled) on a round wire in the reception area of the hospital radiology department. My legs went flying out from under me. Patients and coworkers got to see my underwear that day. Underwear showing or not, it was nice of that man to help you.
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    • blogqueendiane says:

      Hi Robin-

      Nice to know there’s someone out there who has the same kind of weird experiences I do – and can relate! (That’s awful that nobody helped you when you fell, too!)

  6. Ken says:

    On more than one occasion, I’ve climbed halfway into the backseat of my truck before realizing that there’s no steering wheel in the back. I try to pretend I’m looking for something back there, but I think it’s pretty obvious to anybody watching that I was there by mistake.

  7. What a great read. I’ve fall over so many times I can relate to your story. I once walked into a wall (by walking around at night without the lights on) and nearly knocked myself out. I dove too deep under a wave, broke my thumb and nearly knocked myself out again. So your dumb things don’t seem so dumb to me, but your humour was fun indeed. 🙂
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  8. Haha…thanks for the morning laughs! Life would be boring though if we didn’t do dumb things ever so often. Would have helped if you didn’t hurt yourself though! Waiting to hear the bucket story…
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  9. Ha! It’s great that you can laugh at yourself. I really like that quality in a person. I do silly klutzy things all the time. It makes life interesting 😉

  10. Melanie L. says:

    So funny! I have a doozy! I fell as a law clerk in front of a courtroom full of people. The court officer threatened to pull the tape recordings to see if a thud registered on the mikes.

  11. Jenn Berney says:

    Love the falling stories. Once, while on a run, I came across a chain-link barrier about a foot off the ground. I could have easily run around it, but I thought, yeah, I’ll just jump over that no problem. Well, I misgauged the distance, caught my foot in the chain, and totally wiped out. It was a bad fall, too.
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  12. Esther says:

    My embarrassing things usually involve speaking, not falling 🙂 Fun post. Thanks for the laughs!
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  13. This was a fun read- what a great idea for a post!
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  14. Thanks for sharing your stories, I think the worst thing that happened to me that comes to mind, I was a waitress and I dropped a whole gallon of buttermilk dressing and from the floor, it splashed a gob right in my eyes, yuck and I had to finish my shift.

    Thanks for stopping by to share your post, I just pinned it to our Weekends Party Board also.
    Hope to see you next week.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend

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