Anyone who enjoys telling a story has probably sometime had someone who is listening inadvertently kill your story by, for example, guessing the punch line before you say it, asking a question about some small fact in the story or injecting some meaningless piece of information — all of which can totally kill the rhythm of the story you’re telling. It’s just one of those things that happens sometimes, but you really should try to at least not do it to yourself! And that’s exactly what I did yesterday.
I told a story here that I have used many times when the subject of weight comes up — that I am 6’4″ tall when I am really 5’6 1/2″. I then always quickly follow up that obvious lie by explaining that I’m expecting a late life growth spurt any minute that will make my weight perfect for my height.
But for some reason when I told the story yesterday, I put in my weight. Only later did I realize that I had inadvertently made the focus my weight, rather than the punch line I had intended. Ouch!
So, as I sometimes do, I have gone back and edited that post to place the emphasis where it belongs. And you’ll just have to go back to guessing how much I weigh.
Sigh. This blogging thing isn’t as easy as it looks.