Matt D
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Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 3:37 am

Any of you ever have experiences where you either wished you could instantly vanished? Or maybe said something out loud that maybe you wished you hadn't? Ever commit any kind of social blunder that made you want to shrink down to about 4 inches so that you can scamper out the door and hope no one would notice?
Here are just a few of my social blunders from over the years.....I'd like you to share some of yours too:

Once I was at a club with some friends. I had a few drinks and was feeling a little juicy. Some girl asked me to dance. So I did, then she wanted me to "dip" her. Well being that I was not in full command of my reflexes. I dipped her...then dropped her on the dance floor. She landed on her tush with a "thud" that was audible over all the talk and loud music. After that, she stopped dancing with me, not to mention talking.

When I was about 10 years old, and one of my uncles just got married, and bought a brand new house, he decided to have the family Christmas dinner with his new wife in the new house. As soon as the food was served, I tried to cut into my turkey while talking to one of my cousins across the table. I wasn't paying attention, so I ended up dumping my plate full of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and salad right into my lap, and onto his brand new carpet.

I was at a friends house once, and somehow we got onto the topic of clothing. I made the comment about how cheesy and trashy I thought "Lee" brand pants were, forgetting that her families last name happened to be "Lee".

Who hasn't been in this situation before?
In a movie theater-on a first date, I had to sneeze. Of course, it happened during a quiet scene....where I sneezed....and involuntarily broke wind at the same time....where I had eaten enchiladas and beans for lunch.

When I was in 7th grade, I usually wore sweats in my PE class. One day, as I put them on, and tied them up, the drawstring broke. So I had to hold them on (I didn't have my PE shorts that day), I explained this to the coach, so he allowed me to sit on the grass and just watch everyone that day. I got to talking with one of my freinds. Eventually, the shower bell rang, and we got up and started walking back to the locker room. I was totally engrossed in what we were talking about, that I forgot that I was grounded that day. It wasn't until the coach pointed it out that I looked down and noticed that my sweats had dropped to my ankles, and I was walking along in my BVD's...

I was dating a girl once. After we had been seeing each other for a month or so, she invited me over to her house to "watch a movie".
Well, I did just that....watched the movie. About midway through it, just out of the blue, she up and booted me out. She never called me after again. I couldn't figure out why, but when I ran it past some of my female friends, a possible explanation was given. Yes, we were watching a movie. But I somehow didn't pay attention to the little subtle her turning all the lights off, lighting a couple of candles, serving some champaigne, wearing a short skirt, and a low cut top....and sitting rather relaxed on one end of the sofa.
Apparently she was offended because I sat on the other side of the couch, didn't touch her, or even try to, or didn't even talk to her. She invited me over for a movie I thought....and I was just watching it.


RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 3:48 am

Hahaha, sorry but that story at the end just sounds great !

RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 3:55 am

Regarding the last part of your story Matt...have you seen the movie Clueless? I think the answer is in the movie somewhere 
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RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 5:59 am

haha dude, u ALMOST got some!
But....sorry it doesnt count!
Boy, it sux when that happens!

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RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 1:26 pm

That last one sounds pretty bad! GO FIGURE!
Thanks for sharing those, I can't think of anything for myself off hand.

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RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 1:29 pm

It didnt happen to me, but three years ago this girl in my 7th grade Nevada History class busted ass right in the middle of class. Everyone heard it and turned and looked at her, lol.
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RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 1:46 pm

I'm going to laugh all night, c'mon guys stop it!
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RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 2:21 pm

There was this other guy who wroked at the same firm as I when my son was born...

My wife's water broke 2.5 months early, and we rushed her to hospital, long night and they managed to keep the old boy in the oven, but my wife was hospital-bound for the duration...

...after a grueling all-nighter, I went to the office to check my messages, etc. That othre guy I mentioned above... came into the room where I was telling another coworker what was up, and the first guy says, "Oh, that happened to a friend's wife. The baby died." Then he walked out, nary a care.

I was so weary, I simply couldn't respond. It was so blatantly foul, I am certain he had no clue, could not have intended it to sound as it did.

Anyway, I get the last laugh. Wife stayed there for 30 days (!), boy then born and hung 'round NICU for three weeks, then.........

.......well, I'll watch him play hockey in the morning, and he turns six in March.

OK, so it wasn't my faux pas, but it was a doozy, right?

And as for your last one, would you say your faux pas was your failure to make a fox pass? Ooch, it hurt to even type that one!
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
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RE: Faux Pas?

Sat Jan 13, 2001 2:34 pm

Years ago I was a teller at a savings and loan. One day I was kinda busy and didn't really notice this customer coming in the door until he was standing right at my window. I could only see the upper half of his body, but I noticed that he was using a pair of crutches and as I handed him his deposit receipt, I remarked "I hope your leg gets to feeling better". I then looked down and discovered his leg had been amputated!! Oh my God! I wanted to die. The customer was really nice about it and said that he had an artificial leg but it was being worked on.

Another time, after I had transferred to the corporate offices, I worked in the checking account department. It was in a crowded office and we sat around a big table putting checks in the statements to be mailed out. The table was surrounded on 3 sides by filing cabinets. One of the cabinets was empty so we used to store our snacks there. Chips, pretzels, nuts, candy, you name it, we were always munching.

Anyway, one day I had brought this can of Planters® roasted peanuts. Later that day, I looked up and one of my co-workers was helping herself to handfuls of nuts. She was apparently trying to make lunch out of them. Without even thinking I yelled "Hey!! Get your hands off my NUTS! That certainly turned a few heads in the office.


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RE: Faux Pas?

Sun Jan 14, 2001 1:18 am

MattD, you totally rock!

I'll post some of mine when I have a little more time (I'm doing a section layout under deadline right now)
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
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RE: Faux Pas?

Sun Jan 14, 2001 4:49 pm

Wow. I feel so... enlightened by MX5's... for lack of a better term... contribution... to this topic. I guess the deep emotional nature of Matt's post just sent him into paroxysms of sentiment, the psychological imact of which could only be alleviated by a sudden and drastic drop in class and maturity. Oh, wait. This is MX5 we're talking about. There hasn't been any drop in class OR maturity. Please ignore this post. It's obviously in error.

MX5, when I'm eighty, I hope to regress to your emotional age.

"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller

RE: Faux Pas?

Sun Jan 14, 2001 5:01 pm


My post was deleted. If you cared to take notice. Why? I have been called worse on this forum. Perhaps the admin are sucking up to the majority?

Since I am in such a fabulous mood I will only refer to you from now on as an "emotional fleahotel".

Ooops, was that a faux pas?


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RE: Faux Pas?

Sun Jan 14, 2001 5:11 pm

Just the other day I was on the phone with a client. One thing led to another and I started talking about other clients.....I know, REALLY REALLY BAD. You should never talk bad about others behind their backs, but I broke this rule, and I'm giving this person a work over when the person I'm talking too says, "that's funny, I've never picked those things up about her before." I was a little taken back. I said, "so you know her? " she says, "know her? She's my best friend!" AAAHHH, what to do what to do, I'm still in damage control over this, Tuesday will be interesting when I try to clean this one up!

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