|It happened just below the tower, the window on the left.|
This month's mixed-up moments
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A Brief Encounter
Years ago I was on a Rick Steves tour, and our group was staying in Vernazza, Italy. It was our last night there, and I'd gotten back to my room pretty late. Before hitting the sack, I reached out my window and brought in some clothes I'd had drying on a line. I saw something on the ground in the darkness, and picked it up, thinking maybe I'd dropped a sock. It was a slightly damp pair of men's briefs, not mine. I looked up, and figured the couple in the room above me had tried to dry some things outside their window as well, and that this had fallen. Not wanting to wake them up, I carefully tossed the briefs up and into their open window, hoping they might find them on the floor when they packed the next morning. Then I turned around and got into bed. Suddenly, after about two full minutes of silence, I heard a burst of hysterical laughter. It turns out the damp undies had landed right on the husband's face as he lay in bed, half asleep. He was terrified, sure it was a bat or something. He lay very, very still, and quietly whispered to his wife beside him, hardly moving his lips: "Don't panic honey, but something has just landed on my face." He slowly reached up to move the thing without angering it. Then he felt what it really was. He and his wife laughed long and hard. It made a great story on the bus the next morning.
— Richard in Seattle, WA
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