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The Ones That Got away
by Jim Fulton
07/10/02
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This article was inspired by a series of stories of life's most embarrassing moments. It was at what is now a defunct writer’s web site known as themestream. There were quite a few funny stories there. After reading some of the articles, it reminded me of not my most embarrassing moment, but rather a young lady I worked with at a summer camp.

"Rachel" was a counselor on the camp's staff. I was the program director. Earlier in the year, she was asked by a friend to go on a water skiing/camping trip to Lake Powell. One day while there, Rachel and her friend were swimming in the lake. Rachel felt the urge to use the bathroom, and told her friend to swim with her over to the island where she could do her business behind a bush.

"Why don't you just stay here, and go in the water like most of us," commented the friend.

"Because I can't do that. I don't pee in a pool, I don't pee in the lake!" Rachel replied.

"Fish do it, why can't you?"

"Do you see any gills on my neck!"

So off to the island, they swam. When they got there, Rachel found a bush to her liking. Since she was wearing a one-piece suit, it had to come all the way off. She squatted to do her business, and in midstream, a snake came crawling between her legs.

This started her to scream. In her excited stage, she stood up in all of her splendor, only to see four anglers looking at her. She screamed again, and ran around the bush, to be confronted by another set of anglers. By this time she was heading for the water, naked as the day she came into this world with suit in hand.

As she ran back into the water up to her neck, she put her suit back on only to turn around and see eight men, standing and giving her an ovation. I can just imagine the conversation over the camp fire that night, "Didn't catch a single fish, but you should have seen the one that got away!"


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