Friday, September 23, 2011
That's a GOOOOD ONE!!!
Ever know someone who isn't terribly funny but likes to crack lame jokes anyway? That's my dad. He fancied himself a comedian...
Don't get me wrong. He could be funny when he didn't try too hard at it. Subtle jokes like changing into a formerly red Ohio State sweatshirt that was now ratty and faded to pink to sit for Easter dinner for example. I found that funny.
Or the time he told me he applied a deodorant label on a can of spray paint because he knew his roommate from college was using it...Gold spray paint on the armpit...."Classic."
He also acted serious one time when he gave my uncle a coffee cup for a Christmas exchange. It had the planet Uranus on it.
So when he tried to crack dumb jokes I didn't find funny I liked to laugh along...but fake. So it would go something like this:
Dad: "Trina, did you hear the joke about the elephant named 'Nuts'?"
Me: "Uh, no, Dad, can't say I have."
Dad: "He was a circus elephant."
Me: "You don't say."
Dad: "He got fired by the ringmaster."
Dad: "Because the guy in the stands was selling peanuts. Get it? "Peeeee-NUTS!"
Me: *totally think the joke is super dumb but decide I'd humor dad by laughing.
Dad: (Hears me laughing and starts laughing harder)
Me: (Sees Dad thinking I'm really laughing at his jokes, so I begin to hold my sides and ramp up the laughter as though this joke is hilarious....)
Dad: (Begins to laugh even harder...eyes watering with tears)
Me: (Begins a blatantly exaggerated "HAAA HAAAAA HAAA!" to begin to clue in Dad that he's been had)
Me: "AAAAHHHH HAAAHAAAAAA! HAHA....HAHAHAHA.... HAAAAA HAAAAAA!"
Dad: (stops laughing...) "Jesus Christ Trina that's annoying."
I think he was more mad and annoyed at himself for falling for my faux laughter spiel...every time I pulled it...