How Did I Look Like an Idiot Today? Let Me Count the Ways...

Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to make an idiot out of myself fairly often, whether it's saying something before I think, losing something that's right in front of me, etc. etc. Well, today was an especially "dumb" day for me, and I just thought I'd share some of my idiocy with anyone who cares to read it.

1. For some reason, the train was cancelled this morning, and I had to sit at the train station for an extra hour, causing me to arrive in Nidda about 15 minutes after class had started. Upon arrival at the Bahnhof, I started speed-walking toward the Gymnasium. Out of breath already, I sprinted up the 3 flights of stairs to the classroom, stopped outside the door to regain my composure, and knocked on the door. I opened the door and didn't recognize the teacher. At all. Ummm... it was the wrong classroom. I was supposed to be next door. So I go next door and am admitted into the room, but since it's a class I've never visited before, they are all staring at me like I'm some sort of alien. It probably didn't help that I looked like a wet dog (it was sort of rainy outside, and the mist combined with my sweat made me look like a hot mess, I'm sure).

2. As I was walking briskly down a busy hall during a Pause, I walked straight into a door, because I thought it was a "push" door, but it definitely said, "ziehen" (German for "pull"). Oops.

3. I tripped on the sidewalk as I was trying to speed-walk to the train station after school. Luckily, no one saw that one.

4. I got to the train station, went to the ticket machine, started to buy a ticket, saw what I *thought* was my train getting ready to leave, decided to ditch the ticket and buy one on the train, sprinted to the track and up the stairs, only to find out that the train was going to Giessen. I walked back to the ticket machine to finish my transaction, and a little old lady who saw the whole thing just looked at me like I was on crack.

5. I got on a train at 1:00, expecting it to leave for Friedberg at 1:27. Around 1:15, I see all the students who usually ride on the same train as me come up the stairs to the track, look at the train, and stay outside. I'm the ONLY person on the train at this point. I think nothing of it for a couple of minutes, and then realize that more and more people are coming up the stairs to the track and NOT getting on the train. Finally, a kid gets on the train, and I ask him where the train is going. Gelnhausen. Great. At this point, there are about 50 people out on the track, and they all watch me get off the train and cross over to the other side to catch that train.

6. At the grocery store, the cashier told me the total for our groceries. It was $4.42 (or so I THOUGHT). After I handed her the change, she just sort of stared at me. Mike finally figures out that she said $4.72. Ugh, so I look at her and say, "Oh! Ich hab gedacht, dass Sie zwo und VIERZIG gesagt haben. Ha. Aber Sie haben zwo und SIEBZIG gesagt. Haha." Right. Then I just left. Nice.

That's about it, but then again, it IS only 3:45, so who knows what other opportunities I'll find?