There is nothing more cringe-worthy than when someone says something that they believe to be funny, and then they didn’t think enough people heard it, so they say it again. And again. And again. I think the main issue is that they think nobody laughed simply because they hadn’t heard the allegedly funny quip, when in reality nobody laughed because what they said wasn’t funny.
If you say something you think is hilarious and nobody laughs, let it go. If you have to convince someone that something you said was funny, you’re not making yourself look any better. It’s like trying to talk your way out of being dumped. Not only does it not work, now the person who’s dumping you also thinks you’re pathetic. It works the same for music. If you play a song and nobody claps, it’s because your song is bad. It just is. Now, to be truthful, even though I’m a pissy little so-and-so, I clap for anyone and everyone when they finish a song, even if it was terrible, because I know that gross, sick feeling of finishing a song and receiving crickets back. But generally speaking, if nobody claps, you need to let it go and go back to the drawing board. Chastising the crowd for not clapping just makes it even worse. The world doesn’t automatically owe you applause for your creative endeavors, you have to earn it.
Bobby and I were walking through the makeup store, Ulta, one day and there was a guy there with his wife and teenage daughter, trudging through the aisles like he was being dragged off to his own hanging. They were on the same aisle as us, so I guess this guy saw Bobby and thought, “Oh thank heavens! Another man!” and loudly proclaimed to the air, “I’ve got a million dollar idea! They should put a gun store next to this place so men can get away from all this girly crap! I’m serious! Is that a million dollar idea or what?! HA HA HA HA HA!”. We ignored him.
Of course, what I wanted to say to him was, “I know, right? And maybe a titty bar and a wack shack and a movie theater that only shows the Die Hard franchise so that we all know you’re not into putting penises into your mouth! Good thing you’re working so hard at letting all of us know that’s not the reason you’re in the makeup store! HA HA HA HA HA HA!” And then I would pull out a shotgun, cock it with one arm Terminator 2/Linda Hamilton-style and yell, “Now let’s see if we can get these Clinique bitches to bust out some titties, cowpoke! Woooooo hoo! Dangle jangle!!!” And then have Bobby start playing a wicked banjo.
We heard this relentless dick repeat his gun store quip over and over and over throughout the store. Nobody laughed any of the numerous times that he said it, and pretty much everybody rolled their eyes with a labored sigh. I can only figure that:
A. He thought this was a hilarious quip and wanted to make sure everybody heard it, because who doesn’t like a lot of loose gun talk in the makeup store (especially these days!); and
B. He wanted to make sure nobody in the store thought he was there to buy makeup, as if the Guy Harvey fishing shirt, camouflage cargo shorts, and cop sunglasses around his neck on Croakies weren’t enough proof that he wasn’t there because he had a personal interest in lip gloss. His leathery turtle skin told me he was the kind of guy who would have called someone a pansy for even wearing sunblock because a well-weathered sunburn is the only thing that keeps “The Gay” from seeping into your skin. I’m sure he thinks that if you touch your face with anything but a razor and Barbasol, you might as well just go ahead and draw a dick on your chin.
And I know, isn’t it the WORST when the women threaten your life to make you walk around the makeup store with them?
Oh, that’s not how you ended up in the store? You’re not being held against your will?
Then either shut it or get the fuck out.
News Flash: Women would LOVE IT if you would go find something else to do while they walk around the makeup store, especially if your plan is to whine like a shitpants toddler the entire time. You’re not doing yourself any favors with that behavior, by the way. No woman has ever sat around a brunch table with her girlfriends and naughtily whispered, “So when we got home, I surprised him with a BJ because he was so good at whining while we were at Ulta!”
Feel free to stay in the car, stay home from the shopping trip, walk over to Walgreens and read some magazines or something, see if the Radio Shack is still there because, yes, it does take us “that long” to compare red lipsticks. It’s a tricky color that, while it can be flattering on most skin tones, if you get the wrong one you can end up looking like Diane Ladd when she went crazy in Wild at Heart, which is a lose-lose for everyone. Aside from all of your bathroom towels and bed sheets being ruined with lipstick stains, people will be like, “Hey, when did your wife become a GODDAMNED DEVIL GOBLIN?”
So either be cool or get out.