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Embarrassing Stiffies -- Invitation to Write #40

For Writers:

Our high school P.E. uniforms incorporated the school colors -- but they were the ugliest green shirts and gold shorts you’ve ever seen. For the freshmen and sophomores, the P.E. instructors were real drill instructors. The semester that I had the football coach as my instructor, I must have lost twenty pounds. He really enjoyed working us into the ground.

Most days we’d start with warm up exercises. Everyone would get into lines of five, and we’d start off with jumping jacks, “burpees,” and push-ups, etc. On one occasion, Jason was in the front line, and as we were doing sit-ups, Greg pointed to Jason: “Hey Bret, check it out.” Jason had pitched a tent in his shorts, and soon the whole class was pointing and laughing.

Coach had no sympathy for Jason’s plight, and he made everyone continue their reps. To his credit, Jason didn’t seem to be too embarrassed, but have you ever tried doing sit-ups with a stiffie? I haven’t, but I can’t imagine it could be all that comfortable -- especially with 50 pairs of eyes directed your way.

Describe your most embarrassing moment. How did you get through it?

“Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details." - Any Warhol


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