If you know me either in person or just by reading my blog you may have come to the conclusion that I am not the most serious person on the block. Some may call me a bit sarcastic. Others have suggested a career in stand up comedy – those suggestions may have been written in elementary school yearbooks, but I think the point I’m trying to make is that you don’t suddenly become funny. You either are or you aren’t and clearly I’m hilarious…and modest.
I do enjoy playing some good natured jokes on friends and family. During my freshman year in college my roommate, Kristi went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I thought she was coming home on Saturday or Sunday and when she failed to show up on Sunday evening, me along with my friend Rachel, who lived across the hall, made missing person posters with Kristi’s picture and plastered them all over campus. Kristi came home early on Monday morning and went immediately to class. She was recognized by numerous people which was how she found out about the posters. I can’t remember if she was mad when she came home with a handful of our posters that she had ripped off the doors, telephone poles and trashcans. I’m going to say she wasn’t because it was not only a good quality joke, but Rachel and I really committed to it. We were out really late putting up the posters and it was a freezing February night in Iowa.
I love pulling off a good prank, but I’ll be the first to admit that I have a terrible time trying to keep a straight face. I have to think of horrible, horrible things to keep from smiling. The alternative is for me to set up my joke, watch the initial reaction from my victim and immediately shout out “Just kidding!” so I can laugh openly.
One person who isn’t fun to pull practical jokes on is my husband. Sure, we have a grand time joking around, but he does not like to be the butt of a joke. He’ll most likely read this and get pissed that I wrote that, but it’s important that he is aware that he is a joke hater. No one likes to look stupid, but I’m always willing to take one for the team if it’s a really good joke. If it’s not, well then you just wasted my time and yours.
Which brings me to April Fool’s Day. I don’t like this day because it makes people who aren’t funny think they are funny for one day. As a truly funny person, I find this incredibly offensive! I am therefore boycotting April Fool’s Day. Or maybe I have been thinking all damn day long about how I could pull a good joke over on my readers and have come up with a big, fat nothin’!