My 15 Minutes Of ShameWe all have been ashamed of something. Haven't we?
For whatever shameful event we participated in, the vast majority of us have shamed ourselves in front of 1 or 2 or just a few people and after a short while, it's normally forgotten by everyone.
My own embarrassing event was witnessed by many, which all but one were strangers. So, it was hugely humiliating, but all I had to do was get home and try to put it out of my mind.
It didn't really work as that was all I thought about all night long. There was no way I was going to forget it for at least a couple of weeks because of the physical injuries I sustained as a result of this ego busting action.
I knew my injuries would heal up then there would be no reminder. I was correct about the injuries, because the injuries healed about a month later. I was wayyyyyyyy wrong about the reminder because early on the morning following the this incident, a few phone calls came in, mostly from old friends that I haven't heard from in years. They pretty much said the same thing. "Hey, have you seen today's paper yet?"
"Ummmmmm, No", I replied.
"Dude, you gotta open the paper and read the story on the second page"
"why?" I asked
"just do it" came the reply.
So I did and here is what I saw:
"Motorcyclist Dxxxx Gxxxxx was injured in a collision near Escondido, California, in July when he lost control of his bike on Interstate 15. Gxxxxx had come up alongside a car with bare feet sticking out of the passenger window, reached out to tickle them, and run into the car in front of him."
Yeah, pretty humiliating but I live in a county with over 2.5 million people so I figured wellllll, only 2.5 million isn't bad as long as we all keep it a secret.
Wouldn't ya know it, along comes the World Wide Web. I knew I was screwed when I googled my own name. This went from a small article i the local paper to being part of many websites and blogs and such.
My 15 minutes should have been up a long time ago.
I know you can see that I Xed out all but the initials of my real name, I also know that this supplies enough key words for you to find it on your own on the Internet, but I am not worried about you all having my true name just not what it's attached to on the World Wide Web.
I have only recently been comfortable enough to reveal this badge of shame to anyone. I hope you enjoy this and feel free to ask for more details. I may as well completely bare myself to everyone to get the total humiliation experience.
Have a good day?