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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

My biggest blunder

Posted March 5, 2009 9:29 a.m. EST
Updated March 5, 2009 10:00 a.m. EST

What is your biggest blunder?  What is your favorite faux pas?  What incredibly awkward moment made you want to crawl under a rock and hide?  I’ve had many.  You may remember after my dog Sparky died, Mike Maze kidded me on the air about my dog’s sometimes snarling disposition. Mike wasn’t aware that Sparky had passed and I finally had to tell him: “Mike, Sparky is dead.”  I felt badly for Mike and myself.  I could feel the beads of sweat starting to form at the top of my forehead.  Mike broke into nervous laughter. What else could he do?

Tomorrow I will share my worst social blunder. Today, I would like to hear your stories. I will give a copy of my book Blue Ridge Reunion to the person with the most unusual faux pas.

Maybe it was the time you asked a young woman: “When is the baby due?” She may have replied: “What baby? I’m not pregnant.”

In high school my team played basketball against the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton. The NCSD Bears had a rugged power forward who was elbowing me around the basket but not getting called for fouls. Finally, in frustration but with total innocence I confronted my opponent by saying: “Now, hear me loud and clear! I’m not going to take this anymore!”  I immediately realized what I had said and felt awful for the next two weeks.

Can you top that? What is your worst social blunder?