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    The 16 Tragic Stages Of A Failed High Five

    True pain and shame.

    1. You see your friend from across the room.

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    2. They approach you and raise their hand for the five.

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    3. You are still too far away to connect so you must try to go meet them halfway.

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    4. By now many people are witnessing this greeting build up, the pressure is on.

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    5. The connection appears as though it may not be successful at this trajectory. Your friend aborts and goes for the pound.

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    6. You are caught off guard, but attempt to re-adjust for the pound.

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    7. By the time you are in place your friend has given up and is going for the five again - or is it a handshake?

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    8. Your hands flicker as they switch between all the options, un-synced.

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    9. Meanwhile, you are still walking toward each other, you soon find yourself too close to successfully execute the five.

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    10. Instead, one of you attempts to turn the five into a shoulder slap.

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    11. The other sees the hand move into the peripheral and assumes they are going in for the hug.

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    12. You are now in a hug.

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    13. The hug is awkward but you are grateful the anticipation is over.

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    14. You stay in each others arms to avoid eye contact with your friend and facing what has happened.

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    15. You stay there until everyone around you has left.

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    16. You stay there until you die.

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