Thursday, November 02, 2006

My Most Embarrassing Moment

Okay, this might not be my most embarrassing moment, but it is definitely high on my list.

When I was a senior in High School, my mom and I went on a shopping trip to San Francisco. It was very fun and I uncharacteristically quickly blew my spending wad.

After shopping, we were going to take a fun ride on a cable car. We boarded the car at the bottom of a big hill and sat down. Then I noticed the ticket booth a ways off and asked my mom if we needed to buy tickets first. I stayed on the car to save our seats, while my mom got off and stood in a very slow-moving line to buy our tickets.

The next thing I knew, the cable car was lurching to a start, heading up the very steep hill. I stood up, scanning the crowd for my mom. She was still in the ticket line. I panicked. I was 17 and clueless and didn't know what to do. My mom saw that I was leaving and started to follow the car up the hill on foot. The car was picking up speed and the distance between me and my mom was quickly growing. I knew I had to do something and I had to do it fast.

So I jumped.

I totally underestimated how fast we were actually going, and rolled several times in the street, near the gutter. When I finally stopped moving, I stood up, dusted myself off, pretended nothing had happened and quickly walked down the hill to where my mom was waiting. I never looked back. I did not want to see the looks on the faces of the other tourists in the cable car.

It was embarrassing.

What is your most embarrassing moment (one that you are willing to publish on the internet, anyway)?


  1. That is by far the best embarrassing moment I have encountered. I have nothing that could possibly compare. But I'll keep thinking.

  2. That's awesome, Steph. Totally kung fu. The people on the car must have been completely shocked!

  3. Great story Steph. Fortunately, you didn't get hurt! Love you.

  4. Just glad you were okay. Know you had to hurt a little bit???? The worst part was how embarrassing that would be. No one came to help you??
    Love you so much

  5. Oh Steph, I can't believe that happened to you! I asked mom if she remembers it. She said, "Yes, it was scary. She could have rolled under it!"
    Sheesh, I'm so glad you're okay after that. And I don't think I would have laughed at you. Maybe that night. :)

  6. ouch! like Robin, I have nothing that compares - I'm sure there were plenty when I was 17 or so (doens't it seem that your life is one continual awkward moment when you are a teenager?)...but I'm getting to old to remember way back then - if I recover from my pre-30 senior moment, I'll post.

  7. Yikes Steph, that is scary!
    I probably have too many embarassing moments to count!

  8. I had a tear come to my eye after I stopped laughing at that. I don't think I would have laughed had I been there though. But I would like to send you, a virtual high five for being such a brave stunt woman.

  9. oh, that made me laugh out loud. i know exactly where you're talking about, and i can just picture you rolling like a stunt diva.

  10. Steph, that is by far one of my favorite stories of all time. I remember when you and mom came home from that trip when that happened. phew! Still cracks me up. We love ya bundles!

  11. I'll just share Tyler's =) His backpack spilled as he was trying to leave early from a Tuesday fireside at the Marriot Center. Picture about 200 Prismacolor colored pencils flying down the steps. If only I could have been there to witness it!


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