by Aimee on April 6, 2008

I am watching something on the Science Channel about the power of laughter. I think we all need to laugh a little more in this world. As a society we are entirely too serious these days. I am as guilty of this as anyone.

That isn’t the point of this post though.


Yes, I admit it. There were clowns in the kids unit of a hospital performing and I almost had to leave the room. They weren’t even the super weird circus clowns with the fake red noses and huge multicolored hair – instead they looked more normal in crazy way with some interesting makeup and clothes. Still. Clowns freak me out. I would post a pic, but they freak me out too much to do look for them.

Let me tell you a story.

I was in the lobby at work (yes work) for a United Way kick off event. As an HR person, I take these things seriously and attend. Well, I used to. Until this one. It was a hot dog social event. I don’t eat hot dogs, I went anyway. There were clowns. Now, typically when there are clowns, I just stay away, but I think they can smell fear. Like dogs, they KNOW when you are afraid and try to intimidate you even more. This one clown followed me around for the entire time I was there. I eventually left with a balloon dog. She wouldn’t go away. My boss, who is flat afraid of clowns, ditched me because of the clown, so there I stood, alone, in the lobby of my skyscraper office building which at the time also contained the FBI offices, sweating bullets, trying to keep it together and not run away screaming. Yeah, it wasn’t pretty. I mean I am a professional. I can handle one little clown who wants to give me a balloon animal, right? Apparently not since I was almost reduced to tears and that damn balloon animal went right into my office garbage can as soon as I got upstairs – I hope a nice cleaning person rescued it and took it to their kid, but I never wanted to see that thing again.

I would like you to know that this was just a few years ago. At my current job. Yeah. The one I am still at. The one I like people to think that I am a professional at. That one. I don’t go to that stuff anymore. Not only because I work from home and not in the office, but because there might be clowns!!!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

turtlegirl76 April 6, 2008 at 11:43 am

Clowns never freaked me out until I read the book It by Steven King and saw the TV miniseries after. Ever since that’s all I can think of when I see a clown. *shudder*

Phoe April 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm

One time at a fair in summer I was trailing my hands through the hot tubs (they were cool!) and a scary clown on stilts tried to push my head under the water. I never liked clowns but that one made me loathe them.

Zonda April 6, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Yikes! I remember that movie It too!!! Don’t like them either!

Brittany Newberry April 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Oh yeah – that movie TOTALLY creeped me out!! ICK!!!

PS – On another note – I heard from a little bird today at the Harlot event that you love, love, love your pinky bowl! YAY! Though, I know you already told me that. We gave the Harlot a bowl too and she really liked it!! It said “I Knit Therefore I Drink” on it!! :)

Carol April 8, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Wow. that clown clearly misunderstood what the “bringing happiness” part of the clown manifesto was. Talk about rude.

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