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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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Just today...
...went to an ex-government car auction looking for a sensible, economical 4 cylinder sedan. Having attended one auction before (just the one...) - I'm a bit of an “expert”, or so I told my dear wife and friends.
"Ooh, that's one's nice and a bit below book value". So I bid on it and then a friend tells me that he didn't know I was after a V8. I wasn’t. Bluffed that I was just practising and heaved a sigh of relief when the car didn’t reach reserve anyway.
A little later and I see a sedan that’s okay and tell my wife “Yeah, I’ll bid on this just to test the reserve price”. “SOLD!!” says the auctioneer and I realise that he’s pointing at me. It took a minute to sink in…
End result was actually a very nice fully optioned low km sedan for about $5,000 less than book value, so I’m now regarded as very astute at bidding by my friends and more importantly by my wife, who may well “reward” me tonite.
Way out of my depth, but don’t tell anyone…ever...
(, Thu 21 Oct 2004, 16:08, Reply)

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