Second place doesn’t count for much, especially in certain fields like pistol dueling and comedy. I can’t say I’ve ever dueled someone, but I have dropped a punchline and it really hurts when I’m second (or ninth.) Get this:
Me: Sonali? Hmmm, that is an interesting name.
Grocery girl: It is Indian. My mother is from India.
Me: Ah, what does it mean?
Grocery girl: Golden.
Me: Roger, I was a Navy linguist. I always keep an eye on Hindi as something that would be fun to learn.
Grocery girl: I love languages. I spent three months in Togo. I’m an archaeology major and I keep thinking about minoring in linguistics.
Me: Togo? Isn’t that a sandwich shop?
Grocery girl: (Making a face) That is what my brother said!
Comedy, it’s not for amateurs. . .