Just after I graduated from high school, I let a musician friend of mine talk me into going on a blind date with a friend of his girlfriend as part of a double-date.
Turns out my blind date was from a wealthy blue-blood family and if you Googled “spoiled, self-centered girl”, you would see her picture.
All right, I’m exaggerating about the Google part, but not about the “spoiled, self-centered” part. The double-date plan was to go see the movie “Something Funny Happened On the Way to the Forum.”
Okay, I confess. The plan to see that movie was the clincher on my accepting to do the double-date, especially when my friend offered to pick up the tab for the movie.
I had heard the movie was hilarious and Hilarious and I go way back as good friends.
As we sat down in the theater, waiting to watch the previews, my date began this fascinating monologue about all of her impressive accomplishments in high school.
She had the lead role in a high school musical and began to boast how all the cast were in tears as she sang the final song. And then, she went on and on and on about her many other accomplishments until finally, I had had enough of her ego.
When she paused to breathe, I quickly interjected, “You know, I have an uncle who has a pen that Prince Phillip touched once.” Suddenly, our budding romance chilled.
I think what sealed the deal on our not being a good fit for each other was when in the middle of the movie, I almost fell into the empty seat in from of us laughing so hard at some of the funny scenes in the movie.
Apparently, blue-bloods don’t think it’s dignified to laugh so hard you almost fall into empty theater seats. My takeaway from this experience?
Be humble. Let your accomplishments speak for themselves or share them modestly if someone asks. Because, the moment people see an inflated ego, it’s adios amigo! (Or, in this case, Amiga!)