Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th

Although I'm not a particularly superstitious person Friday the 13th has always sort of been interesting to me. When I was younger and traveled with my father I noticed that none of the crappy motels we stayed in had a room 13. I thought there must be something to it if even motels stayed away from the number. Later on in football I wore the number 13.

My first observation of someone being unlucky on Friday the 13th was in 3rd grade. A girl in my class named Stacy (who by the way was at my 20th high school reunion just last weekend) wore white pants. While she was carrying a jar of paint across the room to her desk she slipped and fell on a wet spot on the floor and dumped the blue pain all over her white pants. Everyone blamed Friday the 13th for the accident but I felt bad for her. (yes, sometimes I do have empathy)

I never got new clothes. If I had dumped paint on my pants at school I would've had my ass kicked at home. Her family was wealthier than mine so I'm sure it was no big deal at all.

On a side note: I've never liked Stacy and look back at the incident with the paint with a measure of happiness. I'm a jerk.


Esther said...

LOL! Personally, I think the accident happened because a) she was not watching where she walked and b) she was wearing white pants. I'm superstitious about wearing white. If I wear it, it will get stained. However, I still wear white, it's my favorite color. It's so professional looking.

Anyways, you're funny.

robert the grump said...

I don't think the word you were looking for is "empathy".

I think you meant, "schadenfreude".

I'm going to gamble here and and say that you're probably a huge fan of The Three Stooges.

Me too. Woop woop woop woop!

Tracy said...

Actually I was more of a Harold Lloyd fan.

Esther said...

Speaking of white, I spilled coffee all over my nice, white shirt on my way out the door this morning. Yeah, white is bad luck, it's not even Friday the 13th anymore!

PlatinumGirl said...

Most of the time I don't even bother wearing white because it's too much damned trouble! I always get something on whatever it is. Black is the best.