• Tue, Aug 14 2012

What’s More Embarrassing: A Public Break-Up Or A Public Proposal?

When I was walking home last night I passed d.b.a. on First Avenue. Even on a Monday you can guarantee running into some drunkard stumbling out onto the sidewalk either looking to get laid, to fight or to throw up. It does have an amazing collection of beer, so I can understand the appeal even if it is a Monday.

As I got closer I noticed a guy leaning his forehead against the wall of the building next door. There was a woman rubbing his back and I thought for sure he was about to vomit, if he hadn’t already. But instead of upchucking all over the sidewalk, as New York City is obviously the best place for such a thing, he started crying loudly. He pulled away from her and started screaming “Why don’t you love me anymore?” Oh, the sentiments of the broken hearted!

It didn’t stop with that question but proceeded with a rundown of why he loved her and all the things he had done for her. Of course, she was trying to calm him down, but he was on a roll. I don’t know if they were exes trying to be friends — worst idea in the world unless half a decade has passed — or if she took him there to get him drunk and publicly shatter his world.

But what’s more awkward for both the involved parties and those just unfortunate to be walking by? The end of a relationship in front of hundreds of people (yes, easily a 100 people walked by this last night before it was all said and done, I’m sure) or a proposal; the type where someone stops everyone else’s life around them to make a big production of things?

You don’t get a third choice on this one.

Sorry! This poll is now closed.

 

Photo: TheKnot

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  • Kj

    Obviously it depends on the outcome of the proposal.

    In a completely unrelated note, tomorrow is my birthday, and I’m too depressed about it (and in general) to even drink. How sad is that? I have lost the will to drink. I think I will just go lie on the floor.

    • Amanda Chatel

      Happy almost birthday, Kj!

      Although I do not like the tone of the latter half of that sentiment. Why are you depressed? Let’s talk about this… here, you can email me if this doesn’t seem like the best place for a heart-to-heart.

      chatel.amanda@gmail.com

      Either way, I will definitely be toasting your existence tomorrow.

    • Kate

      Happy Birthday Kj :)