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As a schoolkid, I signed up for a public speaking contest purely as a ruse to meet girls. It haunts me still: in front of 300 people, I started to speak, dried up, stood there for what felt like half an hour staring at the floor and then slowly walked back to my seat. Oh, and the girl I liked laughed.

Have you ever been utterly, completely, devastatingly out of your depth?

(, Thu 14 Oct 2004, 15:07)
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ah, i've been blocking this one from my memory
but seeing the question of the week it all came rushing back to me.

i was but three days back from a choral festival, and was feeling pretty confident in my vocal skills.

on a whim i decided to go to a prom that was being held in a local coffee shop. when i got there i noticed that they had kareoke, and that they also had beatles songs (about the only music i listen to). it took a bit of prodding from other promgoers, but i got up and sang When I'm 64.

you know how those professional kareoke systems feature some digital doohicky that supposedly tweaks and off-key voice to make it sound good? it picked my voice up as being a lot higher than it actually is, so to compensate i sang higher, making it sound even worse, and the more embarrassed i got the worse it sounded. the grand finale was me bursting out laughing and forgetting the words, and dropping the microphone.

a while later i felt it was safe to emerge from my dark corner as the angry villagers with pitchforks were gone. a guy came up to me and we began talking, but as the conversation progressed it turned out that he was 30 and was still in college because he was too lazy to work. now, in any ordinary scenario this would just seem like another desperate guy trying to get laid, but i'm 16. and i look 16 as well. and this was an event for teens.

my therapist is quite pleased with his new BMW from the money i have spent trying to forget that night.
(, Fri 15 Oct 2004, 1:23, Reply)

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