...Just Waiting to Happen

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By happenstance, three men entered the local tavern in quick succession. Father McMannus, Rabbi Pewterman, and Shaquawn Johnson the local basketball coach noted one another with apprehensive cordiality. Each man sat at the bar, each as stiff and uncomfortable as the next. Hans the bartender hesitated in asked what they might like.

“Look,” the rabbi began, “We’re all thinking it. If we just remain calm, do our usual thing, this will all just blow over.”

“I don’t know, man,” the coach answered, his voice quavering, “There’s a joke in all this somewhere. It’s gotta’ come out.”

“What joke?” the priest challenged, “Some silly thing based on outdated stereotypes? Nonsense.”

“I’m telling you,” the coach persisted, “it’s gonna happen.”

“You’re upset. He’s upset. I could just go,” Rabbi Pewterman offered. No answer met this option as the door to the establishment creaked open. The three men froze. They knew the implications. One more stereotype, and they were all done for.

Sadly, Pierre sauntered in.

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t get around the conundrum that to defy a stereotype one must admit that said stereotype both exists and has occurred to me. Being a member of pretty much every majority, there weren’t any stereotypes I felt comfortable admitting to. Thus, this lame attempt was born.

    Be gentle.

  2. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    I dont exactly know get the stereotype, but I can imagine its from a joke. & I kind of chuckled.

  3. Avatar Krulltar

    I totally loved were you envision a “3 stereotypical men enter a bar” joke as the basis for this story. Everyone mentioned in this story falls into a stereotypical group, but I was under the impression that the challenge was to break the stereotypes, not just list them.

  4. Avatar Krulltar

    was my comment gentle enough?

  5. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    It didn’t DEFY the stereotypes, but I still found it amusing – you almost get the impression that these people are trapped inside some kind of joke world… Oh the possibilities :D

  6. Avatar Ridcully Calvert

    I enjoyed the treatment of the old “x, y and z walk into a bar”joke

  7. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    a little bit over my head. But I liked the structure and the language…
    ach…mayb i’m too young,
    wink
    x

  8. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Fair comments all, and yes I probably don’t qualify for the challenge. I more wound up defying the challenge itself than any stereotypes.

  9. Avatar Krulltar

    by writing a story that didn’t follow the Challenge, you therefore broke the Challenge’s stereotype…

    OMG, that’s BRILLIANT !!!

  10. Avatar stargazer1960

    I agree with you. I had the same ethical conundrum, It’s sort of like the saying, “To believe in forgiveness, you have to believe in sin.”
    I like the way you handled it!

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