Being chosen among 100 men to participate in The Public Blogger’s “Who Is the Sexiest Number” competition was hard enough for me to understand. The fact that it has come down to Thomas Lemke and myself during tonight’s finals round is even harder to fathom.
Not the Thomas part.
He’s definitely sexy.
In fact, if I wasn’t a ridiculously happily married heterosexual, I’d be all over that guy.
But me? A humorist nearing 50 who has already traumatized most of his readership after wearing a red thong? Then again, considering what is happening with this year’s presidential elections, it just goes to show anything can happen.
Last week, Thomas and I were issued our final challenge: Create a two-minute video explaining what we think defines “sexy,” particularly in the eyes of others. For most of this competition I have used humor because it’s who I am. However, it’s also a way of dealing with my own discomfort. Bottom line is that I have a hard time thinking of myself as sexy. Talking about it in relation to myself is even harder. I was the gawky, nerdy kid in school who was perfectly happy surrounded by equally gawky, nerdy friends. I’m still that guy in a way, only now I have 30 years of life experience and confidence — and knowing who I am — to go with it.
So when it came to creating my submission for tonight’s final round, I gave the question a lot of thought. I tried to avoid my instinctive need to shy away from the question with humor. Instead, I did my best to explain what I see as “sexy,” and what I hope are qualities I somehow define through the choices I make and the life I live.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide if I got it right.
My presentation, along with Thomas’s, went live at 6 p.m. (PST). Voting continue until 7 a.m. tomorrow (June 6).
Regardless of how you vote, thank you for all of the encouragement these past few weeks. As I mentioned, the subject matter was uncomfortable; your support helped me find my own way of approaching it.
To watch the finals round and vote for “Who Is the Sexiest Number,” click on the icon below! (I promise that I am not wearing a red thong at any point in my video…) or right HERE (if you don’t like icons).