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Updated on September 24, 2013

The Giant Puppy and the Pot of Flowers

River, a very large puppy.
River, a very large puppy. | Source
A big broken pot of fake roses.
A big broken pot of fake roses. | Source

The Giant Puppy and the Pot of Flowers

Everything was fine, until I heard a deep "thud" and remembered that the curious puppy now weighed 50 pounds and the small table on which I'd just placed the pot of fake roses was collapsable and the beautiful, heavy pot breakable.

Diving Boards are Scary!

How to Pass Swim Class Without Quite Drowning

Everything was fine, until I found out that, in order to pass swim class, I had to jump off the diving board into the deep end of the pool, which still terrified me because I couldn’t float and could barely swim. After all the other kids had gone, leaving just my dad, the instructor, and me, they finally convinced me to jump. It was even worse than I'd expected, but I lived.


Don't Forget to Lock the Piano Wheels Before Performing

Everything was fine, until I realized that the giant concert grand piano I was playing on center stage was rocking because the stage hands hadn't locked the wheels to keep it still; and just then the air currents got behind the sheet music I was playing from and pushed it all to the floor, way under the concert grand, and I hadn't memorized the song--the singer I was accompanying kept going, bravely on his own, in front of the whole school and our families, while I crawled quickly to retrieve the music and finished the song.

I made it through all of the other performances, and the reception in the lobby, and out past the bright lights in the parking lot before I started crying. High school, good heavens, everything is the world's end. Lessons learned: never play a piano whose wheels are unlocked, and never accompany a cute singer you have a crush on and ruin his senior recital.

Have You Ever Done This?

Have you ever had this same thought--that everything was fine until you did something stupid or something stupid happened to you?

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Icy Wipe-Out in the Center of Campus

Everything was fine, that calm, subzero January day, until I got to the deserted middle of campus, in front of the cafeteria where most students were eating breakfast. I was walking and slipped on some ice hidden under the snow and totally wiped out in front of everyone, books and papers and skirt and boots going every which way, and, Murphy’s Law, my purse flying open to scatter its contents, too. I ignored the clapping and whistling and (presumably) standing ovation that I got from the diners (I have to admit, it WAS a very spectacular wipe-out) and quickly and calmly (I hope I looked calm; I never once looked at the dining hall) picked up my things, caught my breath, and some of my self-respect, and proceeded to my early class without further ado. College--good heavens, humiliation never ends, does it? But, I didn't cry or break/sprain anything, aside from my pride. I heard some loud whispering about it in classes the rest of the day, even the library, but it didn't bother me and I didn't even blush. They just had more growing-up to do. Ah, the joys of small-campus life after being at a Big 10 University.

From D.C. to St. Paul in 26 Hours

Everything was fine, driving from D.C. to St. Paul, until I rounded Chicago before dinner time and made the foolish decision not to stop early for the night. I soon found out that it was the weekend of the Osh Kosh airshow and that every place to sleep, reputable or not, was taken for the weekend. So, after stopping many times to ply myself with coffee and food to keep me awake, I finally gave up stopping at every little motel and just drove straight through to St. Paul, gladly taking the dismal record of 26 hours (straight) to get there and sinking finally into my own bed by the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

From D.C. to St. Paul

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Driver's Test on Saturday

Everything was fine, until I realized that it was Tuesday, my birthday was Saturday, and I needed to retake my driver's test--and pass it--by then or else I couldn't drive to my own birthday party Saturday afternoon.

My (Almost Undocumented) Trip of a Lifetime

Everything was fine, until I realized that I’d lost my sister’s digital camera that she had lent me somewhere as we were going through the heavily armed and on guard checkpoint that the Tourist Police were rushing us through in the Cairo airport on day 4 of my 10-day “trip of a lifetime” to Egypt. Fortunately, a fellow tour member took matters into his own hands, addressing our crowd of about 20 from the front of our tour bus. “Here’s the deal,” he said in his commanding Army Major voice. He explained the situation and arranged that anyone who contributed all of their pictures to the group’s web site, which he would create upon arrival back in the States, would get access to every other contributor’s pictures, also, as long as it was okay that I got access as well due to the unfortunate incident. In the end, almost everyone contributed photos and so we each had about 4,000 photos of the trip from the web site and from the set of CD-ROMs that the Major mailed out to each of us after the compilation was complete.

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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good old rain...glad things make people remember my poems..thanks.

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Haha yes they all happened to me. I didn't even embellish them except as time passes one's memory creates minor changes that allow you to laugh at them and yourself and the absurdity of it all. Glad you liked them and stopped by--still remembered your poems as rain hit my windshield yesterday...

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What an interesting concept for creative writing and a hub. I loved these stories. Did they all actually happen to you? They are very believable and a great read. Voted up.

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Glad you liked it! Sorry to hear you had a similar wipe-out. :-)

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      This was so fun! :) I've had several moments like this for sure. How cool to make a hub out of it. I remember falling like you did once. For me it was at a busy gas station. I was walking in to pay for my gas, in my pretty flowery short dress and the next thing I know went flat on my back, sprawled out - stuff flying everywhere. I put on quite a show, but no cheers just people looking at me and one person making sure I wasn't hurt... lol.

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Hahaha PegCole17, if you only knew... It was choral music, religious if I remember right and fairly sedate. Glad I wasn't playing Beethoven!! Thanks so much for your generous compliments! Yes, my "Egypt Group" and I are still in touch mostly because of that lost camera. Not a week goes by that emails don't fly about the news in Egypt and our friends (two Egyptologists who led the tour and their families) still in or around Cairo--hoping for safety for them and peace for their amazing country, which I'd always wanted to visit since I was a kid. Cheers to you, Peg, and cheers to our group of Egypt nuts who were like one big happy family on day 2.

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      truthfornow, that would not be fun at all. Thanks for the compliments on this, though. Not sure what to call it--elaborated-upon diary entries from memory? LOL In any case, thanks for commenting and sorry about the hurricane--I sure hope that's not a re-run story in your life!

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      You should write your own hub about your experiences! Just change the title a smidge and I think it'll fly. I'd link to it for sure! Doesn't even have to be non-fiction--combine both and keep us all guessing. It was totally fun laughing at myself at (in some cases) my worst or near-worst. Thanks for the compliment and commenting!

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thank you! This was actually a Q&A that Wayne Brown had given me as a leader (long story), but HP deleted it as inappropriate for the Q&A section. So I went a different direction with it entirely and it hasn't been ripped down yet. :-) Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing! Much appreciated, Mhatter99.

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Sharkye11, I agree with you. Wiping out on the ice I'm WAY over (I live in MN--happens a lot). I do think that was the last time I ever performed onstage, actually (the piano story). I've sworn off accompanying others on the piano: if I'm going to screw up a performance, at least it'll be my own and nobody else's. LOL Thanks for your compliments--I had fun writing it. I could probably add a thousand stories to it. And maybe someday I will. :-) Glad you liked it!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Well, you've given a new meaning to Rocking Out on Stage. And you are quite funny and witty in your recaps of situations that, later, are funny even if not at that moment or for years later. I liked the generosity of your fellow travelers on your trip to Cairo. That was Wonderful!

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      What a cute fun read. I like that "everything was fine, until I . . . " I once drove 20 hours straight for a hurricane evacuation. Not fun at all.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      What fun life is! I have a lot of everything was fine until --- moments too.

      I love this.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Not what I was expecting. More people have to read, so I shared.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is such a cute hub. Not your embarrassing moments, though. I actually winced at the piano story. Ouch. I would want to crawl in a hole and die, I think. And I am way above high school age. :) Thanks for sharing, I love this style!


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