Yesterday and today was the opening weekend of our local Renaissance Faire, at which my fiancee and I both work. Our main job that we do all day, about 8 hours or so (which excludes lunch and privy breaks) is to get people to pet a small lizard. Now, that might sound boring, but it really isn’t. You get to interact with lots and lots of people and if they ask you any questions, you have a choice of being polite, or being a smart-ass.
Now, granted, you have this choice in everyday life as well. However, it is usually considered unacceptable to chose that later with strangers. You can be a smart-ass with your friends, because they know you’re being a smart-ass and they don’t (usually) get huffy with you. Myself, I’m a very polite person around strangers. That being said, it can be such a relief to give a really dumb answer to a really dumb question. Getting a laugh for it from a total stranger is a nice bonus, too.
For example, I get the question, “Why doesn’t he [the small lizard] run away?” alot. A perfectly acceptable question to ask! But since we’re at Faire, I can answer, “Because he’s not moving his legs at all” first and then give the real reason second. I get to do this all day! Ren Faire is a great excuse to be a smart-ass!
The reason I did not write this up yesterday was because I had such a long day at Faire, I fell asleep at 10 o’clock and didn’t get a chance to write at all. Sorry.