I've mentioned here before that I have what I call "goober tendencies". That is, I have a tendency to be clumsy and accident-prone and absentminded. I like to think it's just part of my charm. For example, I think it takes REAL talent to give yourself a black eye by hitting yourself in the face with the car door (I wrote about that incident here in a "Not Safe for Work" post last January). My husband, son, boss, etc., would likely disagree about how charming my behavior is. Probably because they're the ones forced to spend the most amount of time with me. I can actually sympathize. I mean, I find myself being both amused and mortified by my own behavior and I'm the one doing it. Examples below:
Before we left on our recent trip to California I took my son to work with me for a half-day and this happened:
OK, the rain in the purse isn't actually an example of my goobnerness but more of an example of how the universe can be a bastard and make it rain BRIEFLY on a beautiful summer day. You know, just long enough to make the interior of my purse wet for the second time in one day.
This is a screenshot of a Census survey that I had to take:
That comment was from my friend David, who has known me for 31 years. He also replied to me after this incident last week:
You know what? If I wasn't worried about making my co-workers uncomfortable, it's actually an idea with merit. I mean, it's practical if nothing else. No more stained clothes! Just a quick wipe with a wet rag to clean up the tarp. What a time saver...
Recently The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson, wrote a post about being unable to find her ringing phone, which turned out to be in the pocket of her dress. I added this comment:
So in conclusion, I hope you've learned to feel sympathy for those of us who have trouble making our way in the world. It's not easy having goober tendencies. I cause myself a lot of extra work for no reason. The idea of having a chaperone with me at all times is rather appealing. Maybe I should put out a call for volunteers. Let me know if you're interested...
I'm the worst kind of asshole-- I think I'm funny.
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