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there was a time when




    was my jam
at age 12, I was officially a geek.
not a cool geek
or a smart geek
I was the kind of geek who wore cat t-shirts because I thought they were cool.




                          this one was my favorite




                                                (this might explain why I don’t like cats anymore)
so when parents sent me off to summer camp,
 it’s no surprise that I wasn’t miss popularity
luckily I was one of those kids
who was perfectly happy striking out on my own adventures
the popular girls did their thing




        and I did mine
obviously when it came time to enter the talent show,
             I didn’t hesitate to sign up
I didn’t lack
              confidence
                   or
                ambition

the only questionable thing I was missing
    was probably the most important



                 talent.
so while the popular girls perfected their spice girls lip-sync




                    I looked for my talent.
judging from my
brother’s complaints in
  the car, I wasn’t any
      good at singing.
my inability to do a forward roll ruled out a
gymnastics routine.
and most of my jokes never made it to the punchline.
I settled on the one thing no one else in my cabin could do.
           I decided I was going to play my clarinet.
looking back now,
I’m a firm believer that you should have to be at
least 21 years of age before playing the clarinet




if ever.
at 12, I thought I was a musical genius
when I played my clarinet, beautiful sounds came out




                    (if only I knew what everyone else in the room was hearing)
on the night of the talent show,
                 I took the stage

and played a song that I had committed to memory
the star wars theme song
and believe it or not, I won
I’m pretty sure I was awarded
      best comedy act
but I’ve never seen my parents quite as proud
  as they were the night I showed the world

         that star wars was my jam.

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The story of the talent show.

  • 1. there was a time when was my jam
  • 2. at age 12, I was officially a geek.
  • 3. not a cool geek
  • 4. or a smart geek
  • 5. I was the kind of geek who wore cat t-shirts because I thought they were cool. this one was my favorite (this might explain why I don’t like cats anymore)
  • 6. so when parents sent me off to summer camp, it’s no surprise that I wasn’t miss popularity
  • 7. luckily I was one of those kids who was perfectly happy striking out on my own adventures
  • 8. the popular girls did their thing and I did mine
  • 9. obviously when it came time to enter the talent show, I didn’t hesitate to sign up
  • 10. I didn’t lack confidence or ambition the only questionable thing I was missing was probably the most important talent.
  • 11. so while the popular girls perfected their spice girls lip-sync I looked for my talent.
  • 12. judging from my brother’s complaints in the car, I wasn’t any good at singing.
  • 13. my inability to do a forward roll ruled out a gymnastics routine.
  • 14. and most of my jokes never made it to the punchline.
  • 15. I settled on the one thing no one else in my cabin could do. I decided I was going to play my clarinet.
  • 16. looking back now, I’m a firm believer that you should have to be at least 21 years of age before playing the clarinet if ever.
  • 17. at 12, I thought I was a musical genius when I played my clarinet, beautiful sounds came out (if only I knew what everyone else in the room was hearing)
  • 18. on the night of the talent show, I took the stage and played a song that I had committed to memory
  • 19. the star wars theme song
  • 20. and believe it or not, I won
  • 21. I’m pretty sure I was awarded best comedy act
  • 22. but I’ve never seen my parents quite as proud as they were the night I showed the world that star wars was my jam.