My Most Embarrassing Moment

I just read a story about how the Moscow Circus will be performing at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk from July 8 to August 16, and it brought back memories.

I got my Bachelor’s degree at U.C. Santa Cruz and lived in Santa Cruz for about 5 years. In fact, it was while I lived there I learned to belly dance, which is mentioned in the July issue of The Genre Traveler.

Anyway, after graduating I worked at a software company, The Santa Cruz Operation, which would hold its annual employee party at the Boardwalk. It was always a great time. People would come in jeans or cocktail attire, drink, ride the Giant Dipper and generally be merry. Fun was had by all.

So, one year, I wore this dress that I designed. It was made with wine-coloured satin, had one shoulder strap and black fringe draped along the torso. But, apparently it had a flaw. But I get ahead of myself.

Part of riding the Giant Dipper is standing in line and slapping the hands of those who are just coming back from riding the coast as the car comes back to the gate.

So here I am, wearing a nice satin dress, raising my right arm to slap the hands of the people in line, when I feel a breeze where a breeze shouldn’t be. I look down and, yep, my right boob is hanging out of my dress.

Oops. I put it back where it belongs and laugh. Of course I had been drinking, so the embarrassment wore off quite quickly.

That story always brings a smile to my face. I don’t know if anyone other than my girl friend’s boyfriend saw it, because no one mentioned it to me.

Remember, everyone else had been drinking, too.

Anyway, I have a lot of great memories of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. So, if seeing the Moscow Circus can bring you to this special place to make memories of your own, so much the better.

The Moscow Circus

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, Calif.

July 8 – August 16

For More Information:
The Moscow Circus
Moscow Visits Santa Cruz

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.