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Natural-Born Heckler

By Seth Kabala

For almost five years, I have been trying my hand at humor writing. I believe I’ve accomplished a lot, but as I do with all my endeavors, I believe I still have a long way to go before reaching Nirvana. Should I ever get to that point, where each word I type results in a pile of cash appearing in my bank account–(That’s how Nirvana works, right?)–I hope I still maintain a love for the craft, for the sake of creating just to create, and to know that my work is forever beind refined.

So with this humble disposition in mind, I was troubled with a conversation I recently had with my two-year-old daughter, Ella. As I often do, I was trying to spin some phrase into a joke. Doubtless I poorly executed it and received groans from those in attendance old enough to know it was an attempt at a joke. Still, in my self-conscious protect-the-artist’s-ego mode, I felt the need to explain that, yes, it was indeed a joke.

Ella: Joke? What’s joke?

Me: (Tried to explain.)

Ella: Don’t like your joke. Eww, gross.

Sledgehammer meet ego. (Later.) Oh, hello, sledgehammer. What happened to (slow speech as see ego dripping from bottom of hammerhead) eeegooo? (Think a turn-table slowing the RPMs to make the recording sound like a cross-dressing, demon-possessed, testosterone-imbalanced person.) If you’re old enough to understand that reference, you’re probably at the right stage of life to appreciate this column, and my editorial vision is still intact.

To be fair, Ella has discovered she gets a reaction when she says, “Eww, gross,” and there need be no direct connection to the subject matter being denigrated. So I suppose I should be able to peel my ego off the sledgehammer and reanimate it with a couple more poor attempts at telling jokes.

If nothing else, I never need to go to a club to get a taste of the real world, for I am the father of a natural-born heckler.

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About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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