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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)

TITLE: To Err is Human - To Create a Scene Takes Skill


I was twenty years old, just starting my first permanent job in New York City. The place was crawling with business men and women who were on their way to the top of the ladder and I wanted to be there with them.

It was the late 1970s – everything and anything was possible. It was yours for the taking, so we, the Baby Boomer generation decided.

In order to impress (particularly the male population of the organization) I purchased some new sophisticated clothing and high heel shoes, not that juvenile stuff I had been wearing.

I had one such outfit and pair of shoes on the day everything went wrong in my corner of the world. The first thing that should have tipped me off that this wasn’t going to be the best day of my career life was the fact that I had ripped my new pair of nylons while putting them on. Annoyed, but resolved in wearing an old pair, I set out for the train station. My trek into the city required that I take two trains, the uptown train and the cross town train and then a bus to the upper West side of Manhattan.

I was on the last leg of my journey, getting ready to exit onto 12th Avenue and 57th Street through the rear of the bus when my heel got caught in the corner of the step forcing me to fall out of the bus and onto West 57th Street in broad view.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, I had forgotten to close my purse after showing the driver my bus pass. You guessed it! As I catapulted to the ground like a giant rocket ship about to crash land, items in my purse began flying out in every which direction.
I knelt there on the hot city concrete sidewalk for a while hoping no one would notice, but as I tried to get up off the ground, my legs gave way underneath me. It was then I felt a pair of strong arms hoist me to my feet. A very handsome man in a business suit asked if I was all right and could he escort me to work.

I recognized him from the building I worked in and immediately tensed up. Now the entire world would know of my embarrassment. I told him I was fine, but this was far from the truth. He detected this and insisted on helping me to the building which was another block away.

As we walked people kept coming up to me and saying I think this came from your purse. Needless to say, some of the items were of a personal nature.
When I got to work, my friends, upon hearing the story, thought it was the funniest thing they have ever heard. However, at the time, being only twenty years old and trying to impress, I failed to see the humor in this comedy of errors.

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C D Swanson 08/25/11
Having worked in the city myself in the 70's I understand your anticipation on your first day of work.

Wow, that was a memorable day huh? I was hoping that the man who "rescued you" became your husband! That is the romantic in me!

Good story in staying right in line with the topic...I enjoyed it and felt your pain! God Bless you~
Mildred Sheldon08/25/11
I truly enjoyed your story. I can relate to how you felt. If you could have found a hole you would have crawled into it. Good job and you hit the nail of the head.
marcella franseen08/25/11
I can relate! In that moment, I'm sure it was very embarrassing, but I'm glad you can laugh about it now. Thanks for sharing. Good job!
Brenda Rice 08/26/11
Glad you were not seriously injuried. Thanks for sharing you story.
C D Swanson 09/02/11
Oh I liked this story, and I am so glad to see it earned a win! Congratulations, I really enjoyed this. God Bless you~