A ‘Larry David moment’ — which wins a DVD set
Th i s w e e k ’ s cringe-worthy e n c o u n t e r , inspired by Curb Your Enthusiasm (on More4), comes f r o m JC r e a der Stephen Marcus, from Shenley, in Hertfordshire.
“My daughter and I had been invited to the local rabbi’s house for Shabbat lunch, although I did not know him very well. About a week before the lunch, I was taking my film in to the chemist to be developed. As there were some pictures still to be used up, I pointed my camera at the scenery outside the shop and shot away. I was vaguely aware that some people were in the picture. Then I realised that it was the rabbi and his children, so I introduced myself. He asked me if I had been taking photos and I tried to explain what I had been doing.
“I said that I was looking forward to seeing him the following week.
“On my way out of the car park that day, I realised that I had forgotten to do my recycling so I stopped by the bottle bank thinking I would only be a few seconds.
“However, in those few seconds I blocked the road and caused a traffic jam, and so I moved away as soon as possible. As I did so, I saw the rabbi’s son wave at me as I drove past. I thought he had recognised me. Then I realised that the reason he was waving was that I had forgotten to shut the car boot in my rush. I jumped out of the car to close the boot, aware that the rabbi might think that he had invited a meshugene for lunch .
“A few days later, the rabbi’s wife rang to say that the family had decided to go away that weekend but that she would be in touch to make another date .
“That was a more than two months ago. I have heard nothing since.”
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