Didja ever?

Didja ever get…didja ever get one of those days?

I’m talking wardrobe malfunctions here, and just plain klutziness. Or days where you can’t quite get your eyes open, and you walk around in a brain fog. Have you ever gotten ready for work or a special event and put on some weird color combination or the wrong color of shoe or belt for your outfit? Or you forgot to put on your mascara. Or clean your teeth. Come on ‘fess up…you know I can’t be the only one who does this.

And for some Monday morning cheer, here’s a video of Elvis singing Didja Ever, taken from the movie, G.I. Blues.


In December last year, I spoke at LARA, my RWA® local chapter. It was a day to celebrate writers who had a first sale in 2012. Half a dozen of us sat in the front row, nervous and attempting to calm each other down, awaiting our turn at the microphone. I glanced down at my tights (worn with a short, black and white hounds-tooth skirt, black top, black leather jacket, black shoes) and almost burst out laughing. I’d put on navy blue tights. I didn’t even realize I owned navy blue tights!

Years ago, I would have been devastated about this. But at my age I just shake my head and see the humor in such things. I’m more comfortable in my skin with the more years I add to my age. When I was in my early twenties I was in the Miss Australia pageant (don’t laugh) and one of the girls went to the toilet before we were due to walk down the red carpet. The train on her gown fell in the loo. Several of us grabbed hair dryers and frantically got her into a less wet state. We weren’t laughing then, but now I smile about it.

A few years ago, I observed an elderly gentleman shopping with his glamorous wife in Neiman Marcus. He had brand new beige pants on and wore a sharp looking navy blue blazer. Down the side of the pants was the long sticky strip showing the size of the waist, the length, etc. I bet he got a good talking to when the wife found out. Then there was the time I walked out of a restaurant bathroom behind an older lady and she had her skirt caught in her granny panties. I quickly tapped her shoulder, told her to stand still and I’d fix everything. She was grateful. Then there was the time I was at a school function and wore white slacks. I sat on a wooden bench and got ketchup on my backside.

All of these memories came rushing came back to me last week. I’d gone to Macy’s to buy a baby gift and spent a lot of time selecting. I kept feeling something tickling my leg and thought there must be a bug in my pants. In line at the cash register, I finally looked down and noticed a dryer sheet hanging out the leg of my cropped jean pants. I know. Guess it worked its way right down my leg. : ) You can dress me up but you can’t take me anywhere.

So, enquiring minds want to know, didja ever get one of those days? And if so, did you find it funny or embarrassing?




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20 Responses to Didja ever?

  1. Georgie Lee says:

    Hi Robena,

    Thanks for stopping by my interview at Niecey’s blog. I wanted to let let you know that I am the same Georgie who use to be a member of LARA. It is a great chapter, but my family moved out of L.A. so I couldn’t attend meetings anymore. I’m glad to hear about all the new sales, especially yours. Congratulations!

  2. robena grant says:

    Ah…I thought it was you! *grin* I’m so happy that you have gone on to publish your stories, and I wish you tons of success. I still attend LARA and we just relocated to Studio City. If you’re ever in L.A. look us up!

  3. Janie Emaus says:

    Have I ever! I’ve gone to work with my blouse on backwards, more times than I want to admit. And once I wore two different red shoes to a wedding.

  4. Sam Beck says:

    The blue tights are a fashion statement! But I totally sympathize. I’m the queen of the wardrobe malfunction. It’s more notable when I manage to put myself together properly. I’ve done the skirt tucked in the panties thing, worn clothes with the size tag/sticker still on for everyone to see, and I can’t even look at a pair of white pants anymore…

  5. Dee J. says:

    Happens to all of us. I never even noticed the blue tights! You always look completely put together! (I had the dress in the underwear incident happen to me too. Ugh. I won’t even go into it. Let’s just say I was waiting for an elevator with half a dozen strangers before I found out. Gah… a memory I wish I could forget. LOL.) Deep breath… and move on.

  6. I’ve had the dress in the underwear thing, too! And I was about to go on stage like that… luckily a fellow actress spotted it as we left the dressing room, lol.

  7. Oh, this happens to me all the time. 🙂 I used to get embarrassed, but now I have to laugh at myself. And I didn’t even notice your tights were blue! You always looks great. 🙂

  8. Julie says:

    At our house that means you win the prize! There really is no PRIZE, but we always say that when the dryer sheet gets yanked out of a sleeve or pant leg or whatever. The next step is to wave it around, going “I won, I won!”

    I am NEVER well put together, and as I get older (and spend more time on the bike in even MORE bizarre outfits) I seem to be getting worse. Usually I just leave my shoes someplace and end up at home without them, then I can’t remember where I took them off. Happened more times than I’d like to admit.

    (From the last post, I love your bear stories.)

  9. J.L. Hammer says:

    I love your comment: “Years ago, I would have been devastated about this. But at my age I just shake my head and see the humor in such things.” So true.
    When I was in college, I was rushing across campus to my class and realized something was in the pocket of my pants. I pulled it out…it’s my underwear! Of course, I crammed it back in my pocket and glanced around to make sure no one saw. I guess my undies had made their way in my pocket when in the dryer.

  10. robena grant says:

    Hey, J.L. Thanks for stopping by. Your story made me laugh. I can see you looking around wildly while stuffing them back in the pocket. : )

  11. Oh, Robena, thanks for the good laugh this morning. 🙂

    I was on vacation with hubby and we spent the whole day out together. Came home in time to the B&B in time to change for dinner. Only then did I notice I had two completely different earrings on! All day with my man, and he hadn’t noticed. ?

    I have also been notified by a sympathetic shopper, that I”d neglected to remove the size tape on the leg of my new slacks.

    So embarassing.

    LOL about the navy blue tights. rest assured in that dingy old room, no one noticed.

  12. robena grant says:

    Hah! Lynne. You made me grin. I’d forgotten about the time I lost one hoop earring while out walking around the lake. I looked like a pirate until someone kindly mentioned it. We did find the other one. Whew!

  13. Oh, Robena, how much time do you have? Joking. One time that stands out is when I was living in SD and going to a seminar in Encinitas. This required 2 buses and then meeting someone who gave me a ride the rest of the way. And, before the seminar, I went next door with a couple of people to get a breakfast burrito.
    I was in the seminar about half an hour and I looked down to see that my skirt was wrong side out.
    I just rolled my eyes at myself and went to the bathroom at the next break to fix it.
    That’s not as bad as my friend, though. She and I went to a bar on a Saturday night. On Sunday, she put on fresh undies, picked up the jeans from Saturday night and put them back on. She went to the grocery store, met up with a man she was interested in, had an hour long conversation with him before she wandered up to the cash register and someone let her know that her old underwear was hanging out the back of her jeans.

  14. robena grant says:

    Judy, I love this. Oh, your poor friend though. How hysterical would that be? All you could do in that situation is laugh. : )