147. Discovering that your story sucks. When you’re halfway through it.
You’re out with a group of friends and suddenly one of them starts laughing over something that you told her a while ago.
“Tell them the story! C’mon, it was funny!” she says to you.
“No, it’s lame,” you say, hoping she actually stops insisting.
“Do it! Alright guys, so here’s what he told me.” she tells the group.
So she starts telling the story and you interrupt right away because she is messing it up. Alright, maybe it actually is funny, you say to yourself. Besides, she won’t let it go. So you start the story, but the group seems like they’re not following along. You can tell they’re expecting something grand! That sucks for them. Oh well, continuing with your story…
“So THEN, we realize that my friend had left the wallet in the back of her car!” you say, hoping that they will gasp or throw up from the excitement or something.
At least you’re not alone, your friend starts laughing and then you both realize that the rest of the group isn’t being entertained. So of course, one of you begins to explain why its funny, which really just makes the situation more awkward. Maybe you get one or two sympathy laughs, but it just not doing it.
Feeling really lame, you continue:
“So we called her up and guess who answers. Her boyfriend!”
“NO WAY” “Are you serious?!” “That sucks!” “What happened next?!”
You and your friend share a look, and then do the minimum amount of movement to make it seem like a nod in agreement. What you just said just saved you guys some serious time in awkward jail.
You see, in reality, it was her mom that answered and that guy picked up his wallet that same night. You just made up that part to escape. And then you finish of the story like a champ. Victory is yours!
Moral: If your story is dying, just start lying.
Have you ever been in a situation like that? Sometimes people choose the whole “being honest” thing and then when they see that no one else is laughing, they go with:
- “You just had to be there!”
- “I guess it’s more of an inside joke”
- “You guys don’t get it?”
- “Uh.. can I still be part of the group”
- *door slam*
Which story of yours gets the best response?