Friday, January 23, 2009

Are you listening, Subway?

Have you ever had a moment that was so surreal you thought you must be in a commercial or maybe on one of those hidden camera shows where you act like a moron and then get the joy of knowing you've been recorded for all the world to see you make a fool of yourself? Well who needs that? That's why the good Lord invented blogging. So I can tell the world my, "Hey, remember that time I acted like a dork?" story.

There's a sub shop down the street from my job. Occasionally I'll walk down there to have lunch if I haven't brought my own. So I go there, standing innocently in line waiting to order.

Pretty bland so far, right?

Then Mr. Bon Jovi comes on the radio singing about Tommy on the docks and Gina at the diner and I'm sort of dancing in place singing along. There are about ten of us (this is the lunchtime rush in a pretty heavily populated business district) waiting in line, our sandwiches in varying states of deliciousness, when the guy behind me starts to sing, too. Pretty soon, every person in line is singing. And when we hit the chorus? It got loud.

Whooah, we're half way there
Whooah! Livin on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear
Whooah! Livin on a prayer...

And even while I'm singing, I'm thinking How can all these people possibly know the words? What am I doing? I can't stand talking in front of people and now I'm singing?!


The song ended, we got our food and moved on, all slightly uplifted by a brief but strange connection with our fellow man. Well, maybe that was just me.

If you ever see a commercial with a group of folks singing "Livin' on a Prayer," I'm the short frumpy one with the bewildered expression on her face.

Over to you?


Mom said...

That would have been a sight to see. You know your dad would have joined right in and probably intorduced himself to everyone in line too! I can just see you all now, be-boppin' away!

Suldog said...

Oh, man, I love stuff like that. It makes me proud to be a human when a whole bunch of strangers, for no apparent reason, decide to all do the same thing and have fun doing it. I wish I had been there.

splummer said...

Love your story! It's wonderful when complete strangers can come together like that!! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!


Scribbit said...

Like a commercial I just saw--only better as you got food in the end.

Woman in a Window said...

Oh Sarah, I wish I were in that line. That was a little piece of magic, there.

Tillybud said...

There seem to be a number of nice connection stories going on this week. Maybe there's something in the air?!

Sandi McBride said...

You're so much fun. That's why I come here.

Janet said...

I think that's wonderful. I'm always singing along when standing in line, but no one's ever joined in before.
Yes, it's me again. I'm here on my catch up quest. I'll be scrolling through previous posts. It could take a couple of days, because the kids are starting to get loud. er.

MaryAnn said...

That is so hilarious. Totally sounds like something that I would do.

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