Worst joke ever

We spent summers with my dad when I was in high school. It was a half work half play arrangement.  My dad owned apartment buildings in West Lafayette, Indiana, and my brothers and I would drive around mowing yards, moving furniture and painting apartments as our summer job.

He also hired a few college kids to help out, and one of them was Bruce Donoho, famous for once being a contestant on the Price is Right. I know… some brush with greatness, huh?  He had a decent sense of humor and we joked around pretty much all day while we worked.

One day we were driving across town to a work site in his black ’76 Trans Am, doing about 55 on Sagamore Parkway. I don’t know what possessed me to do this, but I reached up to grab the release handle on the passenger side T-Top. (For you youngsters, a T-Top is like a removable sun roof – a big heavy piece of glass and metal that you can manually take off and put in your trunk.)

I said, “Hey Bruce what does this thing do?” and I started to pull down slightly on the metal handle.  Just as he yelled out “Noooooooo…” the T-Top popped up about 3 inches and the wind caught underneath it.  It flew straight up, slamming my hand against the metal frame in the process.  I managed to catch a glimpse of it in the side rear-view mirror as it sailed through the air like Captain America’s shield and tumbled into the gravel shoulder next to the road.

Needless to say, Bruce did not laugh at my hilarious joke. And since I thought I broke my hand, I wasn’t laughing either. For 5 solid minutes he yelled out profanity like a jilted husband on the Jerry Springer show (without the bleeps.) We drove back to recover the T-Top, which was miraculously only scratched a little when it hit the soft gravel. It was a very quiet ride the rest of the way.

It was the worst joke ever and I felt like an idiot.  I think the lesson here is obvious. You should always think twice before you to try to pull something.

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6 Comments on “Worst joke ever”

  1. dollyj007 Says:

    Boy, did I cringe when I read, “…reached up to grab the release handle on the passenger side T-Top…” I’m no youngster, I saw what was coming!

  2. Becky Says:

    Great Timing for this one David since its April Fools today!! Might save some of us from a similar folly! 🙂

  3. Becky Says:

    I was expecting a story that told of your friend pulling an unfunny prank. I found it characteristically chivalrous for you to reveal your own folly. Very honorable of you David!

  4. Stacey Says:

    Hey – could have even been worse! There could have been a twister tornado coming and the T-Top and you could have gone up with it!

  5. Pam Says:

    I guess I got off easy today. My daughter put a large fake spider on the drivers seat of my car. As i opened the car door to get in,I glanced down, saw the spider, and screamed out loud. She laughed all the way to our destination a few miles away!

  6. provenuts Says:

    Kids will do senseless things. When I was 8 years young, I tried to cut a 220v electrical line that linked a neighbor’s relative across a river. I was in flip flops, the roof was made of galvanize metal sheets. Boy did I feel the jolt (for the youngster, I’m not talking about the soda), had the line been severed, I would have been crispy young guy. Thanks for sharing David. You can’t ride with me anymore 🙂

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