A few weeks back, I began what I hoped would be a regular feature on The John Larroquette Project called Awkward Moments. My first entry on this topic was devoted to the Awkward Tinkle. Today’s is called Awkwardly Botching a Big Announcement.
Sunday was a shooting day for Rock TV, and after we finished, a small group of us went out for dinner to relax and celebrate being done for the day. My friends Leroy and Todd (Scotty Poppenjaws) were there, along with Rachel and our married friends Ryan and Arlene. We were going on about something or other, and the topic briefly paused on the topic of our friends Laura and Ryan who had a baby last year. I briefly paused asked, “Is there another married couple at the Rock who have gone ahead and actually had kids once they got married?” As I paused to think about that, Arlene popped up, “You’re looking at them.”
For some reason, the concept of Ryan and Arlene being pregnant seemed so far out of the realm of plausability that it felt appropriate for me to abruptly change the topic of conversation. My friend Todd and I started talking about something else, I can’t remember what, and I just remember there being an odd vibe at the table at that point.
Later on, when I got home, I happened to remember having seen ultrasound pictures on Ryan and Arlene’s fridge that day. I talked to my friend Matt on Monday and he mentioned that they were pregnant, and suddenly it all painfully came into focus.
This Awkward Moment also falls into the sub-category of the Delayed Gratification Awkward Moment – where you don’t realize how awkard it was until a day or two later. I called Ryan yesterday to congratulate him and laugh about the incident. I didn’t get to talk to Arlene, but I plan to drag out the awkwardness with her as long as possible. I hope to wait until she is about 8 months pregnant and then toss out an offhand comment that perhaps it’s time for her to give the Atkins Diet a try.
That should be plenty uncomfortable.