Vegas Stories, part three: Some of us can find ways to embarrass ourselves without being drunk

fries and chicken fingersThe heroines of my stories frequently have embarrassing moments. I wish I could say these scenes were the result of my vivid imagination and not the aftereffects of me blundering through life. But yeah. No. It’s the latter. So I had another one of those “Janette Rallison” moments in Vegas.

Tina Ratterman, the lovely woman who does distribution for the movie Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures lives in Vegas. Since we’d been emailing for a few months, we decided to get together for dinner while I was in town. When my  husband (AKA Techno-Bob) and I reached the restaurant, Tina was already seated at a table. We were a few minutes late due to traffic and the fact that we couldn’t find a parking space. We said our hellos, and Tina said something along the lines of: “Do you want appetizers? We could share if you’d like. I’ve already ordered some fries and chicken fingers.”

So in my mind that meant that she’d already ordered some appetizers and we could order appetizers too and share.

Techno-Bob ordered chips and salsa, and we chatted until the waitress came with food.  She put the chips in front of Techno-Bob and the fries and chicken fingers in front of Tina. The salsa was sort of hot, so I mostly ate fries and had one of the chicken fingers while we talked. (Imagine me being witty, charming, engaging and such.)

Then the waitress brought out Techno-Bob’s dinner and my dinner. That’s when I realized that Tina hadn’t ordered an appetizer. She’d ordered dinner and it had just come the same time as our appetizers–and I had been sitting there eating her dinner.

Yeah, I’m really awesome that way. What a great first impression. Sigh.

This is why I will never run out of embarrassing scene ideas.JanetteTinanoglasses

 

9 comments

  1. Eric Fox
    December 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Okay, looks like I’ve got comments working on this post now.

  2. Anna Laurene Arnett
    December 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Since I agreed with your logical assumptions, it sure sounds like something I would do, which made me feel good, as being more like we’re birds of a feather, even though you’ve such beautiful, smooth, and flashy feathers, while I’m just down–warm and fuzzy and quite comfortable. (How’s that for a long sentence?)

    • Janette Rallison
      December 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Nonsense. You are one cool chic!

  3. Kami
    December 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Oh no! Did you say anything about it or did everyone just move on?

    • Janette Rallison
      December 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I apologized and shared some of my sweet potatoes with her. She was very gracious about the whole thing.

  4. Tiana Smith
    December 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Oh no! I would have done the same thing, especially since restaurants don’t usually serve the meals at the same time as appetizers. I hope she had a good laugh when you explained your actions! (Wait, you did try to explain, right?)

    • Janette Rallison
      December 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      I tried. But you know, there’s only so much you can say at that point.

  5. Margaret Turley
    December 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Well, I would have probably coughed, choked, had an embarrassing personal accident and made a disastrous scene. I hope that the purpose for the meeting was not thwarted.

    Smile! You are on candid camera.

    • Janette Rallison
      December 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

      I’ll have to remember that candid camera line. Maybe I could make it work the next time I embarrass myself.

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