Monday, July 11, 2011


   I know how lucky I am, believe me. But YOU may not realize how against the odds it was for me to land a beautiful woman (!/HeeeyNow) AND a good run of career success ( ).
   America is a heightist society. Tall men get laid more and paid more -- much more -- than their shorter peers. That's fact, not opinion, and not only in the Western world. Across every culture, tall men hold higher status.
   Even language functions to keep good little men down. Webster's first entry for "tall" is "brave or courageous." For "short," it's "having little length." Obviously, the Webster who wrote the dictionary was not Emmanuel Lewis. Black men call women "shorties," since short is considered a feminine trait. A big man on campus is always looked up to. (Even that phrase, "looked up to," is heightist. It means "to respect.") And which end of the stick represents the worst side of an unequal deal?
   As a verb-modifier, "short" means to provide less than expected. Stick it in front of the following words and watch their meanings shift negative. Go ahead, I'll wait...
   Even the synonyms for short come up short. Diminutive? Wow, that's a positive word. The tall guy gets towering. We get diminutive. Wait, let me press my handy thesaurus icon and get some more … little, petite, dumpy, tiny, squat, undersized, stunted.
   Because a man is short, however, doesn't render him helpless. He just needs to reach harder for the top shelf in life. I've done more reaching than you can possibly imagine. So I started this blog to share some of the tips I learned along the yellow brick road.
Ridiculously checkered pants were far from my most severe problem while trying to negotiate life a foot downwind of the entire seventh grade. There I am, on the bottom right, at my normal-size friend Jon Farber's Bar Mitzvah. (In photographs, always look for me on the bottom something.) And remember, these are Jews here, not exactly known for our vertical prowess. (P.S. The kid in the middle doesn't count. He's 11.)
But first, do you really belong here? Answer the following questions and see…
* Are your top shelves empty?
* Can you comb only the top of your hair in a hotel bathroom mirror?

* Do you avoid the short urinal out of principle?
* Is your step stool in storage or out in the open?
* Do short people skirmish over the seat behind you in movie theaters?
* Do you get off at the 14th floor and walk up three flights because the 17 button is out of reach?
* Do people pat you on the head for making them laugh?
* Can you do a football huddle without crouching?
* When you tell a woman, "Gee, your hair smells terrific," is it clear to which hair you're referring?
* Does the automatic flusher in the tall urinals refuse to recognize you?
* Do your feet appear in your driver's license photo?
* Does an evil scientist dress you as a miniature version of himself?
   If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you must follow this blog.

1 comment:

  1. You think it's tough being short, try being fat and bald. If it weren't for Cee Lo Green, us fat bald guys wouldn't never get no love! (Did you like the use of the triple negative? Since leaving the newspaper, I'm now using pages from my slightly used copy of the AP Stylebook to light my grille, or what copy editors hate to see referred to as a barbeque.)