It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Totally Awkward Tuesday! After you've read my awkward moment, post your own so that everyone can laugh at you... I mean laugh with you!
Last week, I mentioned that I'd once gotten stuck in an elevator, and then it occurred to me that it was a pretty awkward situation, so I could probably tell the story for Totally Awkward Tuesday.
Here's what happened:
Throughout high school and college, I went to a youth conference once a year, and I had two really good friends who attended with me. (As it turns out, Mr. Darling also went to the conference once or twice, but we didn't remember each other when we met again later.)
The conference was held in a nice hotel which had a lobby with three elevators in it. One year, someone discovered that if you jumped up and down while the elevator was going down, it made your stomach feel funny, so, being 19 and moronic, my two friends and I thought this was an extremely amusing form of entertainment. We're all pretty small, and our average weight at the time was probably somewhere around 110 pounds each. But in case you were wondering whether or not 330 pounds crashing repeatedly to the floor of a moving elevator can break it, the answer is yes. Yes, it can.
On the second night of the conference, the three of us were riding down on the elevator to attend a session, and as we rode, we were counting, "onetwothree JUMP! onetwothree JUMP!" On our third "onetwothree JUMP," the elevator lurched to a stop, and the three of us tumbled to the floor, laughing. The elevator refused to start again. So after a minute or two, I picked up the emergency phone, still laughing hysterically, and said "Um (giggle giggle giggle), excuse me, I'm sorry, but... (giggle giggle giggle)... we're stuck in the elevator!" For some inexplicable reason, the hotel employees didn't find it quite as funny as we did. In fact, they were quite put off that three teenage girls had broken their elevator and that hotel employees had to spend an hour and a half trying to free us. So, after we finally got out, the conference leaders had to make an example of us and deter future jumping by making us feel like idiots - we got called up to the front of the audience to accept an "award" for managing to break an elevator. That in itself was pretty awkward, but it gets better...
Fast forward to a few years later, when Mr. Darling and I had just started dating and were still in the phase of our relationship where I was trying to come off as "always-sophisticated-and-sexy" Tova as opposed to "sometimes-has-the-maturity-level-of-a-12-year-old-boy" Tova. We were talking with some friends, and the subject of elevators came up, so of course I had to share my "one time I got stuck in an elevator for an hour and a half" story, but since I was still trying to impress Mr. D, I told the edited version: the one in which the elevator gets stuck, but the reason for it getting stuck (me jumping up and down like a five year old) is conveniently left out.
So, I'm at the part where we were stuck in this hotel elevator for an hour and a half, when suddenly Mr. Darling interrupts me with, "Wait! That was you? I was at the conference that year! Weren't you guys jumping and you broke the elevator? Now I remember seeing you before! My friends and I made fun of you guys all week!"
In other words, Mr. Darling's very first impression of me was not, "wow, that girl is hot and brilliant," but, "wow, what kind of idiot jumps up and down in an elevator?" Luckily for me, he had forgotten his first impression until after I had another chance to captivate him with my charm.
Now it's your turn! Post your Totally Awkward Tuesday story on your blog, link back to mine, and then comment to let me know you participated! I'll link back to your blog, and we can all share in the fun of laughing at each other's misfortunes!
Then, check out these other Totally Awkward Bloggers:
Sassy over at Well Okay, Sassy Britches!
PJ at It is what it is, sometimes posted a story last week but forgot to tell me, so here's last week's awkwardness, and here's this week's.
Morgan the Muse at Insert Clever Name Here
Ann at Ann's Rants: Confessions of a Work Week Widow
Moi at Going Overboard
That Damn Expat at That Damn Expat
Jules at Weekly Jules
B.E. Earl at The Verdant Dude
A. at Snarky Much?
Adriana at From KS to PA
Janet at Starting over... two baby steps at a time.
Cora at Love Letters by Cora
Kelly at This is how I choose to remember it
Raf at The power of words
Julia at Sometimes Lucid