(The first part of this is taken from “The Beginning” as it explains Earl. Scroll down to the bottom to see links to all posts on Earl)
Long before there was a sitcom about a guy named Earl, I was writing about a down-home bumpkin named Earl.
During my college days in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I was on the golf course with a few friends. It was a stacked-up day and there were people out hacking around and having major pileups on each tee pad.
When I say hacking, think to the movie Caddyshack when Spaulding is out whacking the ball around:
That was the issue this day. The three of us who had come out to enjoy a round of golf were held up at the 13th tee (which was a long par 5, so an even bigger backup).
It was soon after this moment, that we met Earl. Just three of us. Me, Mike and Jay. Though the legend of Earl grew (and it was humorous to watch certain people act as if they had actually met Earl, but hadn’t) and with that I made Earl a somewhat fictional character for a weekly column in the school newspaper.
Alas, what I had envisioned for Early — a comedy of errors in some less than perfect situations — was thrown aside after a “Hooters” story by one in the journalism department. So I had to make Earl deal with some more “real” issues to keep him in the paper.
So I did that.
Over the years, I’ve thought about continuing Earl. Maybe a book. Maybe something else. But for now? I want to bring Earl to the blog. And with that, I’m going to put below the original story about Earl (with some edits… I’m more refined as a writer now, you see…), so you can all enjoy Earl and appreciate him for what he is.
Earl will live on here on my blog.
Every once in a while, he’ll make an appearance. With the world transforming as it does, I don’t think I’ll have any issues putting Earl in some kooky situations.
EARL ON A ‘LIL HOOHAA
- February 23, 2012: The Beginning
- March 14, 2012: Dining out
- June 23, 2012: 30 Days of Writing/Life With Earl: Stiletto heels (23/30)