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I think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself.
That way I fit in with all the other people already curiously enough laughing at me.
I’m not sure what they’re laughing at…perhaps I inadvertently told a clever joke.
I hate it when I don’t get a joke, so I think it’s probably best if I laugh like I got it.
I don’t want to look stupid.
One time I walked into a bar.
A guy turned to me and started laughing his head off.
I asked him what he was laughing at.
He said: “You, buddy!”
I hadn’t even said anything before that,
so there’s no way I had even had a chance to tell a clever joke yet.
Now that’s respect.
I walked into the lunch room at work.
There were a bunch of woman eating at a table.
They looked at me.
There was a long silence.
Then they all started laughing.
I laughed to join in because I didn’t want to look like an idiot.
Again, there was that respect thing.
The minute I entered the room.
They laughed even harder.
Perhaps they were planning a surprise birthday party for me.
Then it was time to do my big presentation.
The big boss said: “Well, time to hear from this guy.”
Everyone started laughing.
Though in this case I think they were laughing
at what he said, as he pretended to not remember my name.
During my presentation he interrupted:
”Well, I think we’ve heard enough from this guy.”
Again, everyone laughed at the pretending to forget my name joke.
I sat down pleased that I had been able to make my
with only showing the cover sheet of my 80 page powerpoint
I turned to the guy sitting next to me and said:
“I appreciate your support on my ideas.”
He looked at me for a long time.
A real long time.
Then he laughed so hard that tears streamed down his cheeks.
It felt good to be universally respected.
And to know I had surprise birthday party on the way!