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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: What Was I Thinking?
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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First, here is a brief history to give a clearer understanding of why things transpired the way they did, About 15 years ago I was involved in a single’s Bible Study group composed of men and women over age 40. One evening, David came to visit the group. I enjoyed his wry sense of humor, although I did think him a bit strange. He had this peculiar trait of referring to himself in the third person, using a silly nickname. He remained with group but would say things that were just totally off the wall. Yet, I felt comfortable around him and we could banter back and forth like a game of ping pong. When on group outings such as miniature golf, or trips to museums, we would have fun together and enjoy one another’s company. David was quite portly, but since I was no model myself, it didn’t matter.
One day, he invited me out on a real date! We attended the agricultural festival that was going on at the time, and had fun doing the usual fair stuff. Mostly, we ate, or rather; he ate. And ate and ate! I have a hearty appetite but I questioned how anyone could consume so much food!
David was interested in the Monster Trucks that were scheduled to put on a demonstration, so we went to the track arena to wait for the program to start. For a hefty fee, fair goers could take a ride in those oversized boys toys. I could sense that David really wanted to try it, but was hesitant, so I encouraged him by saying I would go too. That was one bumpy ride, and not all that fun, but as we spilled out of the Brute, David was as wired as a kid at Christmas!
After the beating from the supersized Tonka Truck, David decided he was hungry and purchased a mile-long hotdog that was being hawked from within the grandstands. We then returned to the seating area in the track stadium, waiting for the program to begin. It was getting on towards sunset and I felt chilled so David put his arm around me. I really did not have any romantic feelings for him, but I still cuddled up next to him. It was rather cozy!
Soon, the roar of the Beasts came thundering out onto the track, and those behemoths began running stunts. The audience laughed, applauded, stomped and screamed in delight at the antics of those monster mobiles.
Then it happened.
For some unknown reason I come out with something so bizarre I was aghast at what I had just asked. With hands covering my mouth in dismay I begged forgiveness, saying I didn’t mean it. He laughed, but I knew he was as embarrassed as I was. It did not ruin our evening, but I sensed a distance between us, and that was our last date.
The Fair lights had exploded in a rainbow of colors as darkness approached, Blue Grass music was coming from the stage across the way, and the fragrances of waffle cones filled the air. While still nestled against his teddy bear body, I looked up into his eyes and blurted “How much do you weigh?
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