Friday, January 28, 2011


This post is based on a Reverb10 Prompt

December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

I admit it, I have an odd sense of humor.  

You know that one person heard laughing by herself in the movie theater?  Yep, that’s me. I find things funny that no one else does. This used to bother me, but long ago a former boss shared this nugget his buddy shared with him.   “My sense of humor is just for me.  If anyone else laughs, that’s just gravy.”

I was reminded how my sense of humor seems to differ from the masses during President Obama's State of the Union Speech.  The president was discussing ways to reduce the federal debt, while cautioning against making changes  without careful consideration. 

"Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine.  It may make you feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you feel the impact."

I howled with laughter.  Who would have thought the president include such a horrible joke in such a serious setting?  And then I laughed even harder because the audience was dead silent.   Were they also all in shock? Did they get it?

Now, this is certainly not the only time I've been the only one in the room to laugh at something on-screen. 
Must not stop staring at the television
 Remember in Ocean's Eleven when Don Cheadle's character, Basher, is completely enthralled with the television news report of the hotel implosion and the hotel is actually imploding in the window behind him?  I thought that was funny.  Here, the guy could see it actually happening and he's glued to his television.  I was the only one in the theater who laughed. 

Personally, I think one of the most beautiful things in the world is a person who is laughing from joy or benign amusement. I'm not talking about someone who's laughing at the groin shots on America's Funniest Home Videos. Or Stewart/Colbert/Leno/Letterman when they're being malicious.  It may be funny, but it's also malicious.    I'm talking about harmless laughter and appreciative humor. 

 I think I have a beautiful sense of humor.  

So, I'll leave you with this.
Hurry up kids, we need to save the forest

Q: Why do ducks have flat feet?   
A: For stomping out forest fires

Nope, no ducks here.  Move along, folks, move along.

Q: Why do elephants have flat feet? 
A: For stomping out burning ducks.

I just set myself into a fit of laughter.  I need to go find some Kleenex to wipe the tears from my eyes.


  1. I love that scene in Ocean's...I think it's one of the funniest things in the movie! YAY for your blog! :)