I Used To Smile And Then Become A Grinch
“When Grich I Used To Smile And Then Become A Lineman” T-Shirt by Steve Micalleff, is a funny t shirt with an interesting story behind it. It starts out with the narrator (played by Steve Micalleff) telling a story about how he used to be a very happy man who used to wear a t-shirt that said, “I used to be a liner.” He goes on to say how he was very good at the part of being a liner on TV, but he quit after one too many complaints from the public. After he quits he goes to a job as a groundskeeper in a nature preserve and meets his old college buddy. He quickly realizes that he has developed feelings for the woman and he goes on to marry her. However, before they can get married he realizes that the happiest day of his life was the day he went to a baseball game dressed as a liner.
After he stops dressing as a “liner” he goes on to say how he got the shirt “because he likes to feel like a man.” The next morning he wakes up and realizes that he doesn’t have a shirt because the wife took it when she moved out. Frustrated, he goes back to the store only to find out that the shirt wasn’t sold because someone had the wrong size. Noting this he decides to go to the address listed on the shirt and finds out that the address belongs to a woman who works at an ad agency. With a sad face he says, “Well, I guess I’ll just have to be a liner.” The ending of the story reveals that Grich becomes a very successful writer and the ad agency finally folds because he makes more money than them!
One of the best things I liked about this movie is that Micalleff plays the part of a typical American male. He goes through tough times but always comes out on top. His transition from a laid-back “lined” guy to an “American heroes” is entertaining to watch.