I bought a $2 ruler accidentally

Sometimes in life, you find yourself doing the most dastardly forehead-smacking deeds.

YOU DO. Even if you refuse to admit it.

C’mon, say you do and make me feel a little less alone.

In return, I will reveal some of the less incriminating ones that happened to me.

(Can’t talk about the truly embarrassing ones because I’ve managed to wipe them almost clean from my memory. My shrink says that’s the only way to avoid being an inmate in his happy house.)

I was shopping at Daiso (the $2 shop) for boxes/trays/baskets to put in my new wall shelf. I’ve got all the measurements down. Box #1 needs to be this height and length and width. Tray #2 needs to be this and that and that.

But I had forgotten to bring my measuring tape.

So I came up with the brilliant idea to borrow a 12″ ruler from Daiso’s stationery section.

It worked! And I got my stuff.

Chucking the ruler into my shopping basket, I continued shopping, intending to return the ruler when I passed through the stationery section again.

When I got home that night, I found a 12″ ruler sitting in one of my shopping bags.

“When the hell did I buy a ruler?” was my first thought.

It took a few seconds for the realisation to dawn on me. Yes, I’m that slow.

“ARRGHH!” was my next thought.

Followed by rolling of eyes, gnashing of teeth and smacking of forehead.

Oh, well. At least this new ruler looks a bit nicer than my current one.

And now, a literally forehead-smacking incident.

It was during one of my first dates with the Goonfather a few years back. Till today, he wouldn’t stop reminding me of it, the rascal.

We had gone to Rocky Master (outside Cineleisure) for a drink, and I couldn’t resist checking out the cakes on display.

“Ooh pretty cakes!” I exclaimed excitedly.

My exclamation was followed immediately by a very loud “THUNK!!” as my head smacked rudely into the invisible glass divider in front of the cake display as I bent forward to study the cakes.

It was so loud that the whole cafe turned silent for a few seconds as everyone turned towards the source of the sound.

“OMG are you alright?” asked the waitress and the Goonfather simultaneously.

Yes, fine, thanks, unbruised except for my ego.

A similar incident happened two weeks ago at my DOP’s apartment where we had retired to have dinner between filming.

I wanted to go into the kitchen to throw out some rubbish, but he has an invisible glass sliding door guarding his kitchen.

I literally walked into the door, producing a sound and sensation all to familiar to me.

“THUNK!” and a dull throb all over.

Followed by a few seconds of stunned silence and then, “OMG ARE YOU ALRIGHT?!?!?”

Fortunately, in all my glass smacking endeavours, I never managed to break anything.

Imagine the cost of repairs.

15 thoughts on “I bought a $2 ruler accidentally

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    Hmmm… that glass thing reminds me of my time at a local mall… it was when I first saw the Crimson/Black DS Bundle with Brain Academy, it was displayed inside a store with a… glass divider… between me and it. Very excited, I went to it, bowed down to take a closer look, then *THUNG* (I didn’t hit it that hard but the sound was too loud) — I guess the same sound that you have heard. I was so embarrased because like you, everyone inside the shop looked at me, and I could not deny it because on the glass divider, an impression of my forehead can be seen. So embarassing. You are not alone. :)

    Gratz again for winning!

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    I was trying to visualize your tales and I am laughing inside here in my desk right now, it sounds pretty familiar to me, and you are right “unbruised except for my ego”….., it reminded me of a similar experience…. =>

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    It’s kinda funny to imagine you knocking at those things. HAHA… You should learn to slow things down, think before act. Don’t let your auto react overcome you. ^^

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    modchip: Yay! Thanks for sharing that! Now I don’t feel so “special” anymore! Haha!

    Relax: Eh… that’s damn sick lah! :P

    Mince Pye: You mean for you?

    koolgeek: Same question as the Goonfather. I really wouldn’t mind giving stuff to kids who need it. I give my clothes to the salvation army once or twice a year, but not sure about other things.

    aig: Awww did you hit your head too?

    hyperX: Can’t help it. I was born with klutzy genes. :( And I really cannot see the glasses mah…

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    laughs. i seriously like the last sentence.. so off-topic.

    i once had a door slammed into my face [BK toilet door at Liat Towers, gawd can still remem!] by an angry ah lian, and i was clutching to the side of my head pretending it didnt hurt. well, it didnt hurt that much, until i looked into the mirror and face was bleeding like nobody’s business. got a scar on my right eyebrow. :(

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    yup I hit my head too…. it was quite embarassing but I laugh at it everytime I recall, and your tales reminded me of it, plus i imagined you hitting your head too the same way i did and i was laughing…. anyway, it’s life’s little pleasures…

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    Can’t you take the ruler back and exchange for something else? Then again the bus fare there and back would have cost you more than $2 liao.

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    starm|st: OMG what did you do to that ah lian?!?! How did a slam door cut your face??? Very drama man!!

    Goonmother: Are you referring to starm|st or me? If it’s me, sorry, I don’t have a swollen head, lol.

    aig: Hehe. I’ve actually done this several times in my life. I think something wrong with my vision.

    JayWalk: lol yeah. I can’t be bothered lah, already bought it.

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    Wow. I remember one time when I used to clean windows/glass entrances at then Dynasty Hotel (now Marriott) and while cleaning one of the entrance, a man with glasses came walking straight towards me. Of course, he hit the glass entrance (just like you) and he also broke his glasses. What amazes me even until now is the fact that even if there was no glass blocking his way, he was walking right towards me. Like DUDE! >(

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