When life resembles a cartoon…

24 Dec

Last weekend the weather was gorgeous, so I set out on a walk to get a bit of exercise. About two blocks south of my house, I slipped on something and almost fell. It happened so suddenly, I grabbed at a wrought iron fence to keep my footing, which explains how I didn’t end up completely biting it, but instead walked away with a significant bruise on my forearm.

Being across the street from the dog park, I mentally cringed as I turned to see what I had stepped in, imaging a pile of dog crap with a a footprint impressed in the middle of it. Instead, I found a smeared banana.

Yes, a banana. The fruit part. Not the peel. As if someone had peeled a banana and the banana fell out onto the sidewalk, and they just shrugged and kept walking. (Or, perhaps it was deliberate, and they were hiding in a nearby bush with a FlipCam.)

I stood there for a full minute with my mouth agape. I thought this only happened in the cartoons. Specifically, to Wile E. Coyote. Not to a human, and definitely anywhere but (potentially) in the produce aisle of a supermarket. Not on an urban street in the middle of December.

Having had a week to reflect on it, I’ve decided that – like how it’s good luck when a bird poops on you – slipping on a banana is a good omen for the year ahead. Because otherwise? I’m going to waste a lot of time looking out for the RoadRunner.

Next time, I'll be prepared.

5 Responses to “When life resembles a cartoon…”

  1. Rosikifish December 24, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Your posts are just incredibly interesting and funny, with great captions under the pictures of course!

  2. ldsrr91 December 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    They say “Art imitates Life” and I have always wondered … Who is “they” exactly?


  3. thesinglecell December 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Bahaha! I love irony. I thought I was the only one these things happened to. If you get a free second, check out the post I wrote about falling down. The payoff’s at the end. http://thesinglecell.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/so-i-fell-down/

    • pithypants December 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      Classic. Too bad you didn’t notice a moment sooner – you could’ve gestured to it as if you’d just picked it up – the little culprit. Also – I’ve crossed that line when bowling. I have no idea how they get the lanes that slick, but I looked like Bambi trying to walk back. I finally settled for crawling.

  4. Lorna's Voice December 27, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    I guess that’s what makes a cliche a cliche… 😉

    Glad you’re okay!

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