Or, the short title should read, â€œI may be smiling, but I was really mortifiedâ€. I think this photo was taken in either 1962 or 1963. It was taken at Southgate Market in Tumwater, Washington and if the clown is any of my schoolmateâ€™s father or other male relative, Iâ€™m sorry, but I just found this photo ambush so embarrassing. I donâ€™t even know what it was all for. You can see me holding my arms in â€œprotection modeâ€. Hereâ€™s the thing I took away from this event. Just because I was young in age doesnâ€™t mean I was immature. That said, I always became wary of anyone in costume who might want to invade â€œmy spaceâ€. I think most clowns are embarrassing, probably because they have to act stupid in public.