Saturday, April 28, 2007

Cringeworthy

There are a few – OK, many – events in my life that still make me cringe when I think of them. Here are two.

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The first and only time I have ever played Laser Tag was with Professor Lapp during our sophomore year in college. She invited me to go with her and a bunch of her friends, and I thought it sounded like fun. It was fun, too. It was fun right up until the point where I accidentally slammed my laser gun into Professor Lapp’s face as she rounded a corner. She tried to tell me that it was O.K., and not to feel bad. But it was hard for her to get the words out through the blinding pain.

Do you remember that, Professor Lapp? I imagine you do, as you probably still have a scar.


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This one time in college, my friend Leah Lar and I were wandering the dormitory halls when we heard someone strumming a guitar out on the balcony. So we wandered on out to the balcony and struck up a conversation with him. The topic eventually turned to theater.

“Whatever you do, don’t go to any plays put on by the University Circle Players,” I told him.

“Oh, yeah?” he said. “What makes you say that?”

“I went to see their version of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead last semester, and it was just about the worst thing I had ever seen. That is until I went to see them do Waiting for Godot. I didn’t know it was the University Circle Players until after it started, but damn! Trust me, you do not want to see a badly done Waiting for Godot. And boy howdy! Those University Circle Players couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag.”

At first thought the balcony guy was just chuckling at my clever witticisms, but then something struck me as off. He seemed to be just a wee bit too amused. “What is it?” I asked him.

“I’m a member of University Circle Players,” he said. “In fact, I founded them. I actually directed Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.”

“Oh. Uh… oh,” I said.

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4 comments:

Leah Lar said...

It *still* makes me cringe. But he thought it was funny, and he continued to hang out with us. It actually makes me cringe to merely remember being a college student drawn to any boy with a guitar who would listen to us sing The Star Spangled Banner a capella.

PiesBonitos said...

Eeek. Those *ARE* cringeworthy.

At least they are good blogging material now though, eh? LOL

Mo said...

Leah, remember when we went caroling outside the Grayson boys' window? THAT is cringeworthy.

Anonymous said...

dude, i actually don't even remember that!! i have *much* more cringeworthy memories from undergrad. how about the time i told my lab group (all guys) that i should have been a college cheerleader because i have the same "body type"?? good lord, i am hiding under the table even now.

-prof lapp