And then I hit a crack in the pavement. Oh sure, I have stumbled before, many times. But I am fairly confident that this was the most spectacular and protracted semi-aerial display of forward motion that the other pedestrians had ever witnessed. Arms flailing, body bent double, I lurched on for a good eight or nine steps, trying desperately to right myself, thinking all the while oh fuck, this is going to hurt so bad.
Amazingly, I did not fall. Knees, elbows, and chin saved from a crash landing with the pavement, I did what we all do in that situation. I glanced at the bottom of my shoe, glared over my shoulder at the crack in the sidewalk, then checked the bottom of my shoe again. Just so everybody knew it wasn't my fault.
Hours later I could still feel the post-adrenaline throbbing around my eye sockets, and my entire body ached liked someone had taken a baseball bat to me. But at least it was only my pride that got skinned.
What's the most embarrassing public tumble or near-miss that you have had?