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Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)
TITLE: To Err is Human - To Create a Scene Takes Skill
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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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