So I’m reading Gone Girl and maybe it’s just because it’s almost 4 am, but I’m just not getting what the point or punchline is in this quote:
“I specialize in trim work, he’d say, and wait for you to get the joke. If you didn’t laugh, he’d explain it.”
Context: the character claiming a speciality in trim work has been a house painter every summer since high school. He’s described as an odd-job stoner and a failed baseball player.
Google has not been helpful.