It has only taken me almost 1300 blog posts to admit to myself that I'm really not as funny as I have always thought I was. I've mused about this over the years, but I really think I only did so that someone would pop up and tell me that I was just being silly and that I was the wittiest person alive.
My children have confirmed my lack of humor. On an almost daily basis they roll their eyes and mutter, "Not funny," when I spout some of my patented witticisms. For awhile I just figured their senses of humor just weren't mature enough to get my comic genius. But the older they get (and I get), the less funny I seem.
It has become evident at work as well. I became annoyed at all of the random notices that were being posted next to the copy machine/printer. So I post my own sign reading:
Sign, sign, everywhere a signThese are part of the lyrics from a group called Five Man Electrical Band that was released in 1970 when I was in 7th grade. I consider it pretty iconic. But none of the people at work seemed to get it. One person thought it was a poem someone had written and posted. Eventually someone just tore it down.
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
On more than one occasion, the jokes I've told at work have been referred to as dad jokes. And I have pointed out before that the consultants I work with through work laugh a bit too hard at my comic pronouncements.
Let's face it, I'm not funny.
So now I'm trying to make an effort not to try being funny anymore. It's a hard habit to break. I have to admit that I did post a caption on a black bulletin board facilities put up just inside our office door that reads, "View from the train at night." It is just an empty black board that was put up without anyone seeming to have requested it. And it has been up for days with nothing on it. I felt compelled to make a statement.
But that is really it at work.
I won't stop being myself on my blog, though. Funny or not doesn't seem to matter here.