Tuesday, April 22, 2014

God Protects Fools and Drunks

And sometimes drunken fools.

A few years ago I was tailgating at a major southern college football match up and was mingling with other supporters wearing the same colors as me.

I was making small talk with a guy with a serious southern drawl and had just told him I lived in New Orleans. He immediately got excited about the Saints and asked "have you heard the joke about Drew Brees?"

"Maybe- try me."

He gave an appropriately timed pause, widened his stance to a 'joke telling' posture and began:

"Alright so if Drew Brees was a Jew" (the last word said with a slight emphasis).

I interrupted. "Alright- I have to stop you right there. I really don't want to hear a joke from an ignorant anti-semite."

He paused to consider what I said. And then he responded.

"Well, I am not ignorant and I don't know what that second word means."

I started to laugh but then turned it off. I looked at him to see if he was joking.


No slight smirk. No twinkle in his eye.

He was serious.

I gave him my best "bless your heart" look and walked away.

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