When I think of accordions, I think of fiestas in the desert, where dark-eyed ladies swirl in the arms of gallant gentlemen, powered by just enough tequila to make your eyes bright. I envision Paris circa 1920, where artists and models and expatriates roam the streets to the soundtrack of musette. I dream of rainy Irish afternoons, stuck in the pub with nowhere else to go; steamy Louisiana dancehalls where the music doesn't stop until the sun's nearly up; underground tango clubs in Miami... in none of these fantasies do highwater-wearing nerds pop up.
I think the accordion is, in a word, enchanting, and it's one of my favorite instruments (I even attempt to play it now and again). However, in the spirit of self-deprecation, I'd love for you all to share your best accordion jokes, because I know there are some great ones out there. Here's my contribution: What do you call ten accordions at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.