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My standup comedy debut  
9th-Dec-2011 05:14 pm
teehee, haha
We just had a holiday party for the release engineering division at work, of which technical publications is a part. Said party included a "talent" show in which I performed a short stand-up comedy routine, which included the story of how I got evaluated by the school psychologists in first grade because I decided to turn in an assignment done entirely in mirror writing.

The punchline: "The psychologists said to my parents, 'Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer, your daughter is of perfectly normal learning ability. She is, however, a smartass.' Which goes to show that some things never change, because that's exactly what I expect my next performance evaluation to say."*

My manager, sitting in the audience, obligingly called out, "As do they all!" No, I hadn't prepped that with her.

I work with a bunch of goofballs. It's fun.

*I embellished slightly. What they actually said was, "She marches to the beat of her own drummer." A phrase that my parents would ritually repeat to themselves for many long years afterward whenever they found their elder daughter perplexing.
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