The Ex-Gambler

I think the people we want to run into the least have some sort of special radar for when you look or feel your worst. Last Sunday was a busy day for me. I had laundry to do, the apartment to clean, and lots of errands to run. So I decided the extra time to do my hair and makeup and choose a form-flattering outfit was completely unnecessary. After all, who cares what random people at the grocery store think of me? So after my morning shower, I slung my wet hair into a pony-tail and secured my rogue bangs with a headband, lightly powdered my face to at least reduce the shine, and threw on jeans and a sweatshirt.

So I didn’t look completely unfortunate, but it’s not like I wanted to run into the man of my dreams looking that way — or an ex-boyfriend who made my life hell for a year of the two we were together. So I’m pushing my cart down a random aisle at Woodman’s and suddenly spot him — yes, the ex-boyfriend — perusing the shelves about 50 feet away from me. And who’s he with? His ex-girlfriend, who also made my life hell during our time together, who seemed to be happily shopping beside him.

Now, one of my favorite quotes is “the best revenge is success.” But I didn’t feel all that vengefully successful that day. In fact, I felt downright frumpy and plain. Not the best formula for running into deadbeat ex with his smug ex-turned-current-girlfriend. So what did I do?

I ran.

Okay, so I’m not terribly proud of myself for nearly knocking a middle-aged man down in my dash down the opposite aisle. But, as Kenny Rogers so rightfully put it, sometimes a girl’s got to “know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” And that afternoon, it was time to fold ’em and head for the check-out lanes.

Anyone else have an ex encounter they’d like to share? After all, Humble Pie is easier eaten with a friend.

Love and Jokers,



~ by Mika Doyle on June 18, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Ex-Gambler”

  1. Considering my recent blog and your recent blog, I had to share this link. For the girl looking to avoid those awkward encounters: 🙂

  2. That is HILARIOUS!!!! Too bad the people I want to avoid aren’t very tech saavy :/.

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