The dumbest man alive
I believe that I am or very close to being the world’s biggest dumbass. Sometimes I wonder how I find my way out of the bathroom in the morning. My entire life has been littered with episodes of idiocy that demonstrate my lack of intelligence. You be the judge.
Years ago, when my wife and I were young newlyweds, the wife went shopping with my sister. She came home and proudly showed me her new earrings. Without any malice, sarcasm, or intended insult, I calmly said something like: “Nice! Remember when those were in style?”
I didn’t turn in to a dumb ass overnight. I think I was always this way. As a youngster, I painted the neighbor’s car with house paint, I painted that same neighbor’s TV with wall paint, and I painted our newly installed hardwood floor with creosote wood preservative. I was not old enough to know better, but these actions had to show there had to be a seed of stupidity growing in me.
A good example of being a dumb ass kid was back in high school, when we played a prank on our Biology teacher. It was the winter break, just after Christmas. Many people had already started taking down their decorations, and there were lots of Christmas trees that had been dragged to the curb. We used my pickup truck and scavenged the entire town for discarded trees. We particularly wanted the ones that still had a wooden frame still attached to the trunk to help it stand upright. You see, our Biology teacher lived in a new subdivision, typical of the time, where there were no established trees growing. The houses looked like toad stools on the prairie. We had collected more than two pickup loads of trees and anxiously waited until after dark to deliver them. We wanted to “help” our teacher with his landscaping, so we planned to stack up all those trees in his yard. He would have an instant forest.
He lived on a Cul-de-Sac, so I parked my truck on the other end of his street. I left the motor running in case we needed to make a fast getaway. The night was cold, moonless and pitch black. We were just about done when a shadowy figure approached me. I thought it was one of my buddies. He said “how many trees are you going to put here”? I told him we were just about done. Then I realized this was not a buddy, but the Biology teacher. Busted! We all scattered like rabbits. I ran thru several back yards and it was a while before I could make it back to my truck. When I got to it, the engine was off and the keys were missing. I knew instantly who had the keys. I had no choice. I knocked on the teacher’s front door. He opened it, not saying a word, just dangling my truck keys in front of my face. He said I could probably get them back from the police. Oh crap. One of the benefits of growing up in a small town is that the police don’t take pranks like this too seriously. All we had to do was take all the trees to the police dispatcher’s house so she could use the trees for her rabbit farm.
Then there was the time when I was in Malaysia. I was traveling with my agent and we had hopscotched across the tiny nation for a week seeing customers. I was in a customer’s conference room waiting for the remaining attendees to arrive. To kill time I was studying a large map on the wall which was of South East Asia. In the middle of the map was the island of Borneo. I told the group of men who were there for my presentation that I always wanted to go to Borneo. They all looked at me like I was a lunatic. One of them said “you ARE on Borneo”. His tone implied that I had to be an idiot not to know where I was.
A more recent example of dumbassness was when my wife and I were traveling. We were talking about funny billboards we had seen. I was remembering one advertising a bar-b-que restaurant that specialized in smoked sausage. Their bill board used a clever word play on the sausage. It said “you never Sausage a place!” But my rendition of it to her was “you’ve never seen such a sausage….” then I realized I was hopelessly garbling the message. My wife thought I was intentionally botching it to be funny…at first. Then it dawned on her that I was just being myself….stupid.
I have never claimed to be the brightest bulb on the tree. So saying stupid things, or doing stupid deeds, is just what endears me to the world, I hope. I know my children think that, but they have been inoculated by my behavior for two or three decades. Normal people don’t necessarily think it is proper or cute or rational for a grown adult to be a fool. I hope by posting this message I can tell the reader that it is not with malice, or sarcasm or intended insult that I am the way I am. They can’t arrest you for being stupid, can they? You never sausage a fool.