Photo – World-Renowned Photographer – Larry King. Story Inspiration: Matt King – Neophyte Longshoreman
So to explain how this off the wall piece came together, I must confess no genius among us said, “Hey, let’s give Joe a hook, take his photo and then make fun comments.” It did not happen that way.
It was more like an equation with several components all adding up to make it a humor possibility.
1st: Matt King landed a job as a longshoreman.
2nd: Matt’s dad, Larry, who has invited me to lunch every week since high school back in 1960, without ever paying for my lunch, invited me one more time.
3rd: I spotted the hook hanging from a rafter in my tiny barn and thought the hook possessed some humor potential.
4th: I wore the hook to lunch. Larry got a big kick out of my antics, so much so, had he been wearing false teeth, he would have spit them into his ice tea with no lemon. Fortunately, Larry is too young for false teeth.
Had I worn a black eye patch with my hook, our waitress would have thought she was serving a pirate.
5th: Larry took my photo which he sent by text to Matt who just started his longshore career. Matt replied with laughter, “All Joe needs now is a hardhat.”
This is when things raged out of control. Larry and I voted to shift the entire bit to an edition of Westside Story so you, my readers, might share some of our light hearted humor.
This entire Westside Story was built like an equation. Drop any component from the equation and there would be no hook, no photo, no text, no Westside Story and no laughter.
The equation: 1st + 2nd + 3rd + 4th + 5th = laughter.