I write humor columns. I feel I should clarify this, as there have been numerous responses to some of my previous columns, stating a moderate level of worry about some of my “anecdotal one-liners”. Apparently, some people feel that I am trying to push a hidden agenda behind the humor. Let me say this: they are absolutely correct. Since my code has been cracked (Dan Brown would be proud of you), I will honestly and straightforwardly let you all in on my secret agenda. My goal is world domination. And my plan is to take over the planet by placing subliminal, subversive messages in my humor columns, and gradually, over say forty or fifty years, the world will know me as their all-knowing ruler (I suggest President Bush raise the security level to chartreuse).
Actually, I’m kidding. It will probably take more like sixty-five years for the subliminal messages to take effect. Okay, I’m not planning to take over the world (but I may go after France, I hear they’re not big on fighting). In truth, my first paragraph was a joke, except of course for the first sentence. Then again, a few of you may have thought that was a joke as well. Since I care so much about my adoring fan base, I wanted to help make sure that each perfectly-timed (I have yet to time a joke right), witty (rarely are my jokes witty) statement does not go unnoticed. In order to help everyone know when I am making a joke, I am going to discuss two recent news items, one of which is very serious and should not be made light of, while the other would be well-suited for a punch-line at an orthodontist convention. Hopefully the juxtaposition of these two stories will make it possible to understand the idiom of my own personal humor. The first story is about proposed Nebraska legislation to segregate public schools. Since this is a very serious topic, I will make no jokes and report it as an actual journalist (which means that there will be no “potty” jokes; though I can’t guarantee I won’t use the word “snozberries”).
Lately, the Omaha Public School District has been engaged in a debate over district re-alignment. Their goal is to annex the Millard and Elkhorn school districts, thus making Omaha “One City, One School District”. To me, that sounds very similar to Adolf Hitler “One World, One Style of Moustache”. I can’t believe this is being fought in our state’s mini-congress (“Trying to be as useless as the real Congress”), but it gets worse. In a reactionary measure, one of the city districts gave an opposing proposition for Omaha to split the current public school district into three separate districts, based upon locality. There would be a west Omaha district, as well as a south and a north, and what school your child went to was dependant upon your location in the city. Basically, this would divide Omaha into three different races. And this week it was passed and signed by the Governor! Personally, I think this is a wonderful idea. I mean, segregation worked before (just ask Rosa Parks), and maybe it could work again! But I don’t think it should be divided by race. I think it should be divided by extra-curricular activities. I grew up in Omaha, and although this is not a geographical or racial distinction, I think the best way to keep similar people together is to separate students by their favorite activity. Here are a few suggestions for activity separation: athletes (“2+2=my jock strap”), nerds (“Pocket Protectors and Their Validity in Today’s World Market”), rebels, and budding pornographers. That probably wouldn’t work (everyone would want to be in the budding pornographers district), but I doubt anything will change soon anyway, because Nebraska’s legislature is very good at imitating their national counter-part.
This brings me to my next important story. A few years ago, Dan Brown wrote a novel entitled The DaVinci Code. Since I know that most of my readers prefer truth to lies, I doubt many of you have read his fiction, but none-the-less it has stirred up controversy. This is mainly due to the fact that he scented the pages in his book to smell like marijuana to entice more readers. Actually, it’s because this summer his book will be presented by Hollywood on the silver screen. The reason people are upset about this is because many citizens in this country feel that Dan Brown overstepped his literary license by adding things to The Bible in order to fit his story (prepare the tar and feathers). His plot has something to do with the protagonist using secret codes found in The Bible to solve a murder mystery. How dare an author make up something to use in a fictional story! This absolutely appalls me. Not once in my writings have I ever made up something just to sell copies, and as an author, I feel he should be banned from writing for the rest of his life. He should become a journalist.
I think it is a horrible crime on humanity when authors twist real events in order to make the story work. The sad truth is that nearly everyone does it. In fact, this treachery even goes back to John Wayne. His military performances had no basis in reality; if they did, not one country would have dared to oppose “The Duke”. And everyone knows that when King Kong made his real life appearance in the thirties, the stage was set up outside on the river, not in a theater on Broadway! I definitely believe that Dan Brown’s literary license should be revoked. And while they’re at it, they should probably take mine away as well. I admit to you that I did tell a lie (only one) in this column. The pages in The DaVinci Code were not scented like marijuana; that would be ludicrous. They were flavored with snozberries. Really, taste it. I’m not making it up.