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Merritt BS: Whats your most embarrassing moment. (42) RE: BS: Whats your most embarrassing moment. 28 Jan 03

Embarrassing Moments?

I could write a book. I could teach a graduate seminar. Where to start? Here are 3 examples for a Tuesday morning:

1. Years back, I was traveling in the Yucatan Peninsula while still learning Spanish. At a cafe in Merida, I confidently ordered a bowl of sopa con "camiones" instead of "camarones." That would be "trucks" instead of "shrimp." The waiter got a good laugh out of this, then invited all his fellow waiters over to share with them. They stood around my table laughing heartily for a bit. The first guy eventually explained my error to me.

2. As a new Dad, stopped at a pharmacy to pick up replacement nipples for the baby's bottle. Holding up the old one (the NUK brand) I loudly asked the (inevitably) beautiful, young woman behind the counter "Do you have nipples like these?" She turned several colors before I figured out what I'd said.

3. While in Boy Scouts I fell for every gag known. The bucket of steam? The left-handed smoke-shifter? You name it, I was the abuse magnet with the horizontal learning curve willing to go after it.

- Merritt

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