I remember that commercial from the 90's. It has to be about 20 years old. Still one of the best commercials of all time!
How is your knee, Eileen?
Embarassing. Do any of you remember a Far Side comic strip where the guy was trying to to into a door marked "Pull" and he was trying to push it open? Above the door was a sign that said "Gifted and Talented." Well...I am by no means gifted and talented, but the door thing - that's me!
I remember as a teenager having a crush on the boy next door. (yes, literally) I was out in the back lots keeping my eyes on a burning trash tile for my Dad when this boy came by on his bike and stopped for a visit. In my excitement at having such a great visit with the source of my attentions, I was talking in a more animated way then even I normally do. While relating some antidote and giggling, I took one or two steps back and inadvertently stepped back into the glowing embers of the trash pile. I was wearing, what for lack of a better descriptive phrase, I will call Jesus sandals. Needless to say, it took but an instant to realize the situation I was in but my pride got the best of me. I made no sudden movements, but calmly said, "I'm sorry, but I hear Mom calling me. I have to go." I then casually drew my foot forward out of the embers and began moving forward as he jumped back on his bike and left.
I succumbed to a serious limp and perhaps even some tears streaming down my face, as soon as he was safely on his way. My foot quickly blistered up around all the straps. I really don't recall what was involved in getting the sandal off but I do recall being on crutches for the next couple weeks. I don't remember what lame excuse I gave at school for the crutches but I do remember NOT wanting the truth to get back to the young man, because I knew I would end up looking twice as foolish to him as I would have if I'd have started screaming and jumping out of the fire.
What can I say? My motto has always been; "Never let them see you sweat."