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ask me if i’m a truck 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    So i worked in the summer time part time with about ten guys (since guys were stronger, they could scoop ice cream better, that was the idea). but they all screwed off when they were at work. they’d always write up signs and tape them to each other’s backs.
    Once i wrote on the back of candy box paper, “i’m a boy with raging hormones” and for about an hour every customer had a good laugh at matt’s expense.
    but my favorite was put on john’s back once. you see, john used to tell everyone the same joke; he’d say to you, “ask me if i’m a truck,” and when you’d ask him if he was a truck, he’d look real perplexed and say, “no.” like, why did you ask him that? so anyway, we got a sign on his back once that said “ask me if i’m a truck” and when all the customers did he got real confused. it was hysterical.

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