Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Class Clown


I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that I was the class clown in school. And you are absolutely wrong. Being painfully introverted, I wasn't a clown. I did subtly mutter funny things to people who sat around me, but I doubt if anyone in my grade school, junior high or high school would remember me as a clown or funny.  I doubt if anyone in my grad school, junior high or high school would remember me at all.

I was a drum major in my high school band but only a handful of people probably remember that. Band geeks were invisible to most of the student body. Being the drum major, I was a bit more visible than the rest, especially since our high school's mascot was the Brave. Drum majors in our band wore buckskins and a full native American head dress.  This was obviously before cultural appropriation and having native America mascots was frowned upon. At the time I thought I was pretty cool. Now even my children don't give a rip that I was a drum major and they were mortified that I was a very white Indian Chief. 

The point is I didn't really embrace my sense of humor until college and then I was more or less anonymous since I expressed myself through the college newspaper and a humor column. I did fancy myself as quite witty at the time. And for the smattering of you who have read my blog for any length of time are likely aware that I still fancied myself as being very funny for years. It is only in my increasingly ripe old age that I have questioned whether or not I am funny at all.

That is probably hard to believe considering I still valiantly try to be funny by cranking out hundreds of dad-joke like puns in my t-shirt store. But since very few people buy the t-shirts I am still increasingly insecure about my sense of humor.

I have to say that I think I would have given up if I hadn't discovered Art AI because all of my design ideas before that were pretty constrained by my limitations as a graphic designer. AI does allow me somewhat free rein to experiment with puns without worrying about how I will graphically represent them.

Like this one:

I am sure it will have a great deal of people shaking their head in confusion. But that is half the fun.

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