As I mentioned earlier, I was part of a Release Party reading Saturday April 23, 2016 at Still Cellars Distillery & Art House in Longmont. Hosted by Steven Dunn, readers included Dana Green, Angela Buck, Steven Dunn, Khadijah Queen, Katie Jean Shinkle, and me. It was a great reading and a stellar lineup, but I did get a bit confused. When I got up there to read, everyone started laughing and I had no idea why.
I was hoping people would laugh once I started reading my story, “The Unknowable Agenda of Ursines” from Not Quite so Stories. However, I was not expecting people to start laughing the moment I got up to the mic. That’s what they did though.
What? Did I do something funny? Had I forgotten to zip up my pants when I went to the bathroom? Had I done something I hadn’t realized? I was very confused. That’s when my wife shouted: Your shirt!
You see, Steven had included the fact that I was a patent attorney in my introduction a moment before. As I walked up, everyone saw that I was wearing my “Trust me I’m a lawyer” shirt. My wife bought that for me because she thought it was funny for me to wear it, actually being an attorney. Apparently everyone else thought so, though it took them a second to let me in on the joke I had unwittingly made. I didn’t even remember what shirt I was wearing at that point. It was funny, but a trifle confusing.
It was all good though. I felt fine once I realized what was going on, and got to reading. Everyone seemed to really dig the story, so it was all cool.