This One Time At Band Camp

BandCampThis one time at band camp, I learned a valuable lesson: If you’re going to pull a prank on someone, make sure it’s the right someone BEFORE you follow through. I learned this by being the wrong someone. It happened many years ago and now I think it’s hilarious. I didn’t at the time, but you’ll see why. 

Every morning at camp we would have to be at breakfast by 8:00am. So I would set my alarm for what I thought was an absurdly early time- 6:30. (These days I get up earlier than that for work so I guess that’s another lesson learned for me…) Anyway- I would get up and bring my half-asleep self to the communal bathroom. I should mention that the camp was on a college campus so we all lived in dorms. There were two shower stalls next to each other and it was like an assembly line of zombies the way we’d all wait for our turn to clean up.

Finally it was my turn. I get in the shower stall, hang my towel over the door and go about my business. Suddenly my towel disappears. Someone on the other side of the door had yanked my towel away. It wasn’t even 7am yet. I was in no mood for shenanigans. All I heard was laughter on the other side of the door. My friends would totally do this to me, but none of them are morning people so I was pretty confident the towel thieves had made a mistake and got the wrong person. I said something along the lines of, “Hello?” and the laughter stopped as if someone hit a mute button in the ladies room. Mine was not the voice they were expecting. Then silence. Pure silence. I tried again. “Hey!” I said sternly. Someone on the other side of the door finally mustered up enough courage to say, “Anna?” I replied unsympathetically, “Nope, not Anna,” and suddenly “OMG’s” and nervous laughter filled the bathroom and poof! My towel reappeared on the door. Pure chaos could be heard on the other side of the door. I couldn’t see what was happening, obviously, but I imagine everyone scattering like underage drinkers at a busted house party. I quickly finished my shower and got out, hoping to catch one of the culprits. But I guess they all decided it would be best if they not be there when I get out…That was the only smart decision they made that morning.

I’ll never know who these hooligans were, but they’ll never know whose towel they pulled either. Unless they read this, in which case, an apology would be appreciated, but not necessary, as I presently find this story to be pretty funny.

Grace Bleiweis About Grace Bleiweis

I was born on a Thursday. I don’t remember this Thursday, I’ve just been told it was, in fact, a Thursday. 17 years later I went to school in Ithaca, NY. I say this because it gives me a chance to sound like I went to an Ivy League school for about five seconds before I have to say, “No, not Cornell. The other one.” I studied television production at Ithaca College which is basically the most fun anyone can have and still call it school. I love being creative. I’m addicted to lip balm. I love buffalo wings. I like the summer olympics more than the winter olympics. I am a Virgo. I enjoy walks on the beach, but not long ones because then it makes it that much harder for you to find your towel and your whole set up. And they say look for your umbrella, but we all buy the beach umbrellas from the same kinds of stores so there are about fifty that look like yours and you think you’ve made it back to your family and a chair, only to discover that is not your family and they don’t appreciate you sitting in their chair. I love making people laugh on purpose. And I often wonder…Most of the time I share my wonderings with the world at @coupdegraceb

Grace Bleiweis About Grace Bleiweis

I was born on a Thursday. I don’t remember this Thursday, I’ve just been told it was, in fact, a Thursday. 17 years later I went to school in Ithaca, NY. I say this because it gives me a chance to sound like I went to an Ivy League school for about five seconds before I have to say, “No, not Cornell. The other one.” I studied television production at Ithaca College which is basically the most fun anyone can have and still call it school. I love being creative. I’m addicted to lip balm. I love buffalo wings. I like the summer olympics more than the winter olympics. I am a Virgo. I enjoy walks on the beach, but not long ones because then it makes it that much harder for you to find your towel and your whole set up. And they say look for your umbrella, but we all buy the beach umbrellas from the same kinds of stores so there are about fifty that look like yours and you think you’ve made it back to your family and a chair, only to discover that is not your family and they don’t appreciate you sitting in their chair. I love making people laugh on purpose. And I often wonder…Most of the time I share my wonderings with the world at @coupdegraceb

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