stuff that bugs me (+ stuff that doesn't)
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one of many, i’m sure: falling down

If there’s one thing I hate (and fortunately there isn’t just one!) it’s falling down. In public. And I do it a lot. Not fun, drunken falling down, but embarrassing, slipping-and-falling-on-your-ass falling down. This is one of my phobias, one of the worst things that can happen kind of things. So when it happens, I get this embarrassment paralysis – I can’t talk, I turn bright red, I think I’m going to cry (or I flat-out can’t keep from crying), I want to disappear from the face of the earth, and in my mind, people will talk about it derisively until the end of days. To me, my falls are like epic, earth-shattering events burned into the retinas of all who are witness to them.

“Was that before or after the Great V Fall of 2001?”
“The ‘Slip-Down-The-Stairs-And-Spill-Coke-On-Herself’ fall?”
“Before. But after the ‘Twisted-Her-Ankle-On-A-Half-Inch-Difference-In-Floor-Height’ fall.”

The funny thing is, I’m not as bad as I used to be.


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