Ever just suddenly cringe over something stupid or embarrassing you’ve done in your life?


Doctor of Teleocity
May 12, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas
Ever just suddenly cringe over something stupid or embarrassing you’ve done in your life? I mean going about your day and suddenly remembering something stupid or embarrassing, and physically cringing? Happens to me quite often (I’ve done a lot of stupid and embarrassing things).

The embarrassing things typically are funnier and easier to share so I’ll get us rolling with a harmless bit of DOH!!

1985, It was about 3:30 in the afternoon in the middle of the week at the music store I worked at. Kids walking home from school near by would come in and play the latest hair band riff or tune they had learned. This particular day a kid (lets call him David) that dropped in quite often decided today he’s gonna turn up a little more than usual. So he‘s there running his usual library of riffs and tunes over by the amps when a guy walks in, casually browsing the guitars etc. One of our employees tells him (in a raised voice as David’s playing is just above conversational levels) if he would like to hear any of them to feel free to plug them in. The guy replies, twice (cuz David), that he’s “just dreaming and really just came to get strings”.
A while later a the guy has finally meandered over to the counter where I am. So I ask him what strings he prefers, twice. He‘s starts to tell me and has to start over. I get bit closer and finally hear him and as I am ringing up his strings I start to apologize for the noise but then I start venting a little. I explain to him theres a school near by and the kids come in, so we get to hear the butchered lick du jour…sounds like me at that age…the guy chuckles and rolls his eyes but, do I stop there? Hell no. Now I start to vent about how most are just at a terrible stage of playing, every note has to lead to a dive bombed pinched harmonic. At that moment David does just that. See? Do I stop there? No! That kid comes in here all the time and picks the worse sound out of any amp and its just just dive bomb city, blah blah blah… about that time David stops playing and and yells
“Hey dad, did they have my strings?”
I was so embarrassed I just turned on my heels in front of the guy and ran to the back case room…
To this day I physically cringe when this moment crosses my mind.

Your turn.
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Dec 6, 2009
Central Missouri
I continue do just that at times. One day I read something like this, "You're the only person in the world thinking about that cringey, humiliating moment, that happened eons ago."

That helps me put that thought aside.

I also remind my self that smart phones didn't exist then. That makes me smile.;)


Friend of Leo's
Dec 6, 2021
My brain runs constant autobiographical memories, part of my ASD I think.
Weird stuff, like I'll think of some random classmate and remember they told me in 1976 their granny was born in Bristol or something equally as trivial.
Among those thoughts is every embarrassing faux pax I've ever committed.
Those thoughts are a constant soundtrack when I've doing any mundane task, and too many to mention.
To remedy this I play music, audiobooks and podcasts to shut that (insert word) who lives in my brain down.

A recent(ish) big one was about 6 years ago.
I was filling in on vocals for a function band and after the soundcheck was bitching to the bass and drums about a bass player I had worked with at another gig 10 years previous and his overuse of slap.
Because I don't recognise faces out of a context where I'm used to seeing them, I failed to recognise that the bass player I was bitching about was standing in front of me.

That memory revisits every once in a while, for example right now and my toes are curling.


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Silver Supporter
Dec 13, 2007
My only saving graces in life are my naturally sunny disposition and my God given ability to keep my mouth shut. From a very early age I realized we had two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we speak. It's worked well for me.


Doctor of Teleocity
Ad Free Member
Mar 29, 2007
Manassas Park, VA
There’s probably a psychiatric term for this; if so, I don’t know what it is.

It’s exhausting, though…constantly remembering something that makes you feel bad about yourself, even if it was on accident.

I did some really stupid things with money, over years, and years ago...

( not huge purchases or gambling, so much as bad patterns of 'nickel and diming' away inherited $$, then getting into CC debt...talk about toxic!)
...that if I focus on today, it makes me feel very guilty ashamed, the consequences to my family, which still affect us today.

So even though it's impossible to not think about this 100%, I do try to forgive myself, be much more responsible, better about $$ today ( don't do anything stupid!) and move on. Hard, but I'm doing it.


Ad Free Member
May 2, 2003
there's a couple of em.

and then there's the ones about the times people have mistreated me

I don't go out of my way to bear grudges, and I don't really take myself that seriously, but there are some aggregious examples of times that I've not been treated with the respect that I treat others that just don't seem to want to get out of my head

I do realize this is other people's shortcomings that I am fashioning into my own shortcoming by not getting over

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Friend of Leo's
Nov 28, 2014
I was the local Binny’s liquor warehouse and ran into a couple who I knew casually through a mutual friend.

They mentioned how much the liked the prices at the store. I said: “yeah, this is the place where lushes come to buy shopping carts of booze” pointing at a full cart nearby to prove my point.

They coldly replied: “That’s our cart”
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