A Happy Day

Quote of the Day:

It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” –Nigel Tufnel

A pretty remarkable, incredible, letter–for one original life story–

Where do I start? “For One Original Life Story.” That was the heading of a contest I entered three months ago. I have mentioned here that I’ve been working on a project and basically it’s been a compilation of some of my better stories/essays along with a few new things thrown in. I touched up the old stuff, mailed in the required submissions mainly just to get some feedback, and I’ll be dang if they didn’t notify me today that I won. And now the stories are getting put together as a book and I get to go to New York and help pitch the finished idea to some indie filmmakers who are involved with the project. They said I could be the literary Sidd Finch. I don’t know what to do with myself; I’m just sitting here, Blankly Staring.

What a day this is!

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About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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22 Responses to A Happy Day

  1. irvineredd says:

    What’s today’s date again?

  2. Jessie Lou says:

    April Fool’s Day. Rabbit! Rabbit!

    I was also told today that the boat shop next door had been sold to Burger King for $750,000.00.

  3. Irv, it’s Easter season by my calendar. Since I have a 3 year old, I hide my eggs in plain site. Put 5 out today, get them all?

  4. kathy parker says:

    Ben! I fell for this and was so happy for you. You’re such a good writer that I was hoping this was true, but after re-reading the post with a critical eye, I realize that having the “indie filmmakers” involved should have tipped me off, even when the Spinal Tap quote did not. Oh well- color me gullible!

  5. Ha! How gratifying. I was hoping someone would fess up. I debated going with Ron Howard or Judd Apatow or something, but then decided to go with the slightly more plausible, palatable and generic “indie”. The premise itself was implausible enough. There are several other jokes within, that hopefully count as “clever” rather than “stupid.”

  6. kathy parker says:

    I just thought you were making a self-deprecating joke by the Sidd Finch comparison! Clearly, the fact that it is April Fools Day was completely lost on me.

  7. Mac says:

    I totally bought it until I saw IrvingRed’s post. I despise April Fools day.

  8. irvine redd says:

    I’ll give you a little credit. You had me for a minute. Right until the end, when I thought to myself, this seems a little too good to be true.

    Of course after I said my peace at first, I had a momentary lapse of guilt when I thought, what if he’s not yanking my chain?

  9. Stealing from the original Sidd Finch gag, check out the first letters of each word in my first sentence. Then I repeated the second word in all caps.

    Note the capitalization in “Blankly Staring”

    The Spinal Tap and Sidd Finch references speak for themselves.

    Special appreciation to KP for getting hung up on “indie”.

    Yeah, I crack myself up. Yeah, I know its slightly pathetic. But I had a feeling I could at least temporarily fool some just because I know people read through these things fast.

  10. Dangit Irv….I just checked my daily stats. I had 28 hits from Facebook today (my posts show up on my page there for those that don’t have to see them daily). I normally get like 2 hits a day from FB. I could’ve had a great rumor going in P’goula if you hadn’t called me out so fast.

  11. irvineredd says:

    Don’t blame me, blame the eastern time zone. I’m out in front of all of you.

  12. smilyj says:

    I knew immediately what TB was doing.

  13. When I self publish Smily, your cynical, faithless ass is buying a dozen for family and friends.

  14. Within nanoseconds, I switched from happiness at your success to rank jealousy and then laughter as I realized it was an April fools joke.

    Now, get published so I can be a hanger-on.

  15. smilyj says:

    Yes I will.

  16. Jessie Lou says:

    I just want to work for you. If I play my cards right this gig may wrap up at the same time you get picked up.

  17. Harmony says:

    *raises hand* I fell for it. But then again, I am a born fool..April 1st is my birthday.

  18. Jessie Lou says:

    Happy Late Birthday Harmony! My birthday falls on the 1st day of the month as well – June.

  19. Barista says:

    I’m catching up on old posts, but rarely read comments. This time I just wanted to read all your congrats, since I hadn’t realized when this was posted and I was terribly excited for you. I was also jealous – maybe more jealous than excited. My bad.

  20. As I said once on your page Bar, nobody’s blog deserves a TV show as much as yours. I sincerely appreciate the misplaced jealousy.

  21. Harmony says:

    Thanks JL..I’ll have to remember to return the birthday wishes on the first of June. My dad is a Gemini too…so I am telling myself that I will remember. I hope that I do.

  22. Jessie Lou says:

    As several contributors here know I rarely forget a date – it is sometimes a curse.

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