Almost the sexiest man in my car

An updated autobiothingy

A thing that will never happen:

I’m standing at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter says: “I know you’re a good man, George, with your charity work and that to-die-for profile, but I’m going to give you a pass. ‘Batman and Robin’? What were you thinking? And bat nipples? Dude!”

And I say, “Sorry, St. Peter, but I’m not Clooney. But don’t worry about it, I hear it all the time. Easy mistake.”

and the gates swing open.


Okay. A daydream. No one’s really going to mistake me for George Clooney. I’m a short bald guy with black-framed bifocals, and waist-deep in middle age.

People Magazine will never proclaim me “Sexiest Man Alive” or even “Sexiest Man on My Road”. Maybe “Sexiest Man in My Car, if Rod Stewart Isn’t Playing on the Radio.” Or “Sexiest Man in a 16-year-old Subaru on My Road, at 7:30 in the Morning. On a Tuesday”.

Clooney drives, what, an ’06 Econoline? Pfft… close enough.

But do I care?

No, not really. Sort of. But no.

I’m a writer. (George has screenwriting credits, but please give me this, okay?) I write novels, mostly, but other stuff, too. Poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and more!*

*maybe not be more*

So what? you say. Everyone’s a writer these days. Even Woody Harrelson! You can’t swing a dead Pokemon without hitting a writer.

Yeah, but, umm….

When I’m writing, I can be anyone I want to be: a swaggering pirate, the King of Nebraska, a shirtless painter with paint spatters artistically spattering his painted chest with paint. Indiana Jones (no, wait, that’s another story). I can be anyone. So why not Sexiest etc.?

Because I’m humble. Truly.

I can’t market myself as a sexy, come-hither writer because eventually I’d have to produce the evidence. Not that appearance has anything to do with success. Look at Stephen King. I love the guy, but come on. Still wearing those T-shirts from your Rock Bottom Remainders days, Steve?

But I digress, because that’s a fancy word I can use when I forget the point I was trying to make. (It’s in the dictionary, I checked.) Image isn’t everything. I have nice blue eyes and I can wear a Wal-Mart hoodie like nobody’s business (see above photo, the one without the bat ears. No, the OTHER one).

So sexy? Why not? And furthermore–

Honey, can you PLEASE scrape the chicken crap off your shoes before you come in?”

Yes, dear.”


(Batman photo copyright by Warner Brothers Studios. Steve photo copyright by wife Angela)


42 thoughts on “Almost the sexiest man in my car

  1. Pleasant Street July 18, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    I think Stephen King is sexy

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      • Pleasant Street July 18, 2016 / 11:43 pm

        He has the only book on writing I’ve ever read and got something out of

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      • Pleasant Street July 18, 2016 / 11:49 pm

        I knew you had good taste.
        I think he’s an amazing writer but I am easily afraid so some of his books I can’t read

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  2. Steven Baird July 18, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Have you read 11/22/63? I think it’s one of his best. And it’s a great love story. I’ve been reading him for years, and he really is an amazing story teller.

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  3. familyrulesbyplainjane July 19, 2016 / 1:24 am

    Hilarious! For the record, I just cut my overgrown hair in a fashion which makes me resemble the Dutch boy from the paint can. (Hey, it was hot outside and my neck was sweaty.) And I love my blue Walmart hoodie!
    Great piece, Steve! I really love it!

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  4. July 22, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    LMAO!!! Love this rant. So much fun…and dude. Love the rendering. It IS sexy! And suave man…totally suave 😉

    SUAVE: (especially of a man) charming, confident, and elegant.
    “all the waiters were suave and deferential”
    synonyms: charming, sophisticated, debonair, urbane, polished, refined, poised, self-possessed, dignified, civilized, gentlemanly, gallant…

    Yup. Sauve baby!

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    • Steven Baird July 23, 2016 / 10:28 am

      I am suave! I’m going to print up some business cards right away! Thanks for that, and I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂


  5. sanpiano July 25, 2016 / 12:20 am

    HAHAHA…what if you were in your 16 year old car in the dark then maaaayybe…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Steven Baird July 25, 2016 / 1:01 am

      Depends on who’s playing on the radio. But maybe….


  6. cat9984 September 25, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    King of Nebraska? It’s one thing to be self-deprecating, but don’t you at least want to be king of where you live? Besides, talent survives longer than looks. 🙂

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