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--- Picture Present ---
Formula for being an idiot:
1 part ego + 2 parts assumptions + a pinch of narcissism
It was almost the end of a week long cruise.
I had performed several times aboard the ship.
Virtually every passenger recognized me as ‘the comedian’.
Seated on deck
in front of a shop in Ketchikan, Alaska
I was having a conversation with my friend, Dina.
From the corner of my eye
I saw an Indonesian lady looking at me,
Holding a camera.
She asked, “Can you take a picture?”
Of course I can!
I’d posed for dozens of pictures all week long.
Dina jumped up.
“I can take it for you,” she chirped.
Enthusiastically, I put my arm around the lady’s neck.
Dina snapped a picture.
“One more to make sure,” she said.
I squeezed my cheek against the lady’s cheek.
And kind of lifted her up a bit.
Dina handed the camera back to her.
Meekly, the lady asked, “Are you on one of the ships?”
“I’m on the NCL ship over there.”
She wasn’t a passenger on my ship.
She had no idea who I was.
She had been requesting that I take a picture OF HER.
Not WITH HER.
She shuffled away.
Looking like someone who had been assaulted.
I wish I could find her.
I’d tell her it was a misunderstanding.
So if you’ve recently been in Ketchikan, Alaska,
and a psycho posed for pictures with you
It was me.
I want you to know:
I’m not normally so physically familiar with strangers.
I rarely grope people I don’t know.
But I’d love to see the pictures!
I’ll send you a bunch of DVD’s.
If you haven’t been in Ketchikan
but you’d like to photo bomb a picture with me
Feel free to edit this photo to your heart’s content.
The best one will get an autographed DVD.