Awkward Laughter

Because most things in life are humorous, even when they shouldn't be

If You’re Stinky and You Know it Raise Your Hands


Does Your Nose Work sign from public bus

After two days of organizing, cleaning and other do-it-yourself projects around the house, I couldn’t help but remember this photo I snapped on a city bus in Gainesville, Fla. I think I could officially be this sign maker’s muse, much to the dismay of the folks I encountered at Pier 1 and Lowe’s while stocking up on supplies. Continue reading

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Returning from a 10-day hiatus from blogging, I have to share this awkward exchange at a Parisian restaurant, speaking with a lovely couple from Mexico:

Woman: “So where are you staying in Paris?”

Me: “Right around the corner at the Hotel Cambronne.”

<<surprised look on her face>>

Me: “Why? Is that a bad thing?”

Woman: “No, it’s just that…well, that name has a different meaning in Spanish…It means a**hole.”

<<hysterical laughter by both of us>>

Me (internally): “But of course I’d be staying at the hotel of a**holes. That’s the way I roll.”

Paris Eiffel Cambronne Hotel

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A quick Google search back at my room uncovered that she was thinking of “cabrόn” not “cambronne.” (Undoubtedly, my pronunciation was off.)

If my brief research is correct, “cabrόn” means “male goat,” but according to Urban Dictionary, it’s also slang for “a**hole” and other interesting words (read if you dare).

(This Awkward Aside is brought to you via my trip to Paris and the resulting timezone, travel hangover. Enjoy!)


A recent awkward realization – When I had the idea for “Awkward Laughter” two years ago and reserved a domain name to support it, I made a typo. I bought Awkard Laughter (sans the 2nd “w”). &#%*@$!

Thankfully the site I wanted was still available, but definitely not one of my brighter moments and proof positive that I can’t edit myself.

(This Awkward Aside was inspired by Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog’s Day 19: Publish a Post in a New-to-You Format.)