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#378: Have We Lost Our Sense of Humor?

Monday, July 19, 2010

So a guy I know asked me where I was born. "In the state of poverty," I told him because Dad was in the Navy so there wasn't much money to go around.

"Where do you live now," he then asked. Replying honestly I said, "Depends on the day. Sometimes I live in a state of anxiety, sometimes in a state of despair or a state of depression. Once in a while I'm even in a state of envy." He didn't get the joke. emoticon

I wonder more and more where people's sense of humor has gone. I can't believe mine is that distorted and weird that others don't get the jokes. Like the other day when I stopped on the way home for a pizza. First one in ages. I paused inside the door and took a deep sniff of the delicious aromas emanating from the kitchen. Then I said hi to the counter attendant and said, "This is truly amazing. I want pizza and YOU sell pizza. What are the odds?" And smiled. He merely looked at me as I were the crazy old coot I probably am and seriously said, "Well, yeah, we do sell pizzas." emoticon

I cracked up but he failed to see the humor. I likely would have joked back to such a customer, "Good thing you weren't in the market for tacks or bricks. Might be hard to digest them. How about two pepperonis to go and some bread sticks?" emoticon But that's how I handle things. Because I like to joke and laugh and see the funny side of life. Not all of the time, of course. There are times to be serious, times where humor is inappropriate.

But is it too immature to want people to lighten up a bit? Recently, at a restaurant I frequent often, I mentioned to the server that I really had a taste for a salad and asked what kind of mood the chef was in. Not knowing where I was heading, he answered, "Oh, he's in a good mood today." "Then, if you don't think he'll be mad at me, I'd like his salad."

Michael, the server, and a heck of a guy, looked at me blankly then said, "I'm going to regret asking this, but what does his mood have to do with anything?" "Because," I said, "If I have the "chef's salad," I want to be sure he doesn't want it and isn't going to eat it, because it IS a CHEF's salad." We groaned and moaned together and he began laughing so hard I could hear him passing along the joke to the rest of the staff in the kitchen. emoticon

Later, the chef (cook really) came out and said he appreciated the joke and warned me to make sure I asked the next time I ordered the "chef's special" because he might want it and walked away laughing. That is one reason I like this restaurant. We can all kid with each other and have a good time instead of being stodgy and serious all of the time. emoticon

So, I wonder. Where has our sense of humor gone? Are people's lives so desperate that they can not allow themselves a little light-hearted fun once in a while?
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  • SUZIB123
    Hi I'm laughing because I just changed my photo so I could asks how many of us clowns are out there? I loved your blog. emoticon Read my riddle and then look at my page-I have a great garden but NO Elephants!

    What do you get when a elephant runs threw your garden?

    3874 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/24/2010 12:28:50 PM
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    People are in too much of a hurry and under too much stress. Humour is the first thing jettisoned.

    3874 days ago
    Thanks I needed a laugh and this certainly did that...I get that old coot look a lot.. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3876 days ago
    It seems that throughout the day, I must be serious most of the time. Having my husband here full time is an added blessing, because we can always joke with each other, and make each other smile, no matter what is going on around us!

    We all need more laughter and light-hearted moments throughout the day! Thanks for a great reminder!
    3877 days ago
    I have an aunt who is very quick-witted and has a humorous reply for just about anything you say. I just crack up at her all the time.

    I love the one about the chef's salad!!! I think that is hilarious!!!

    I think people have been taught over time to be more serious and it is kind of sad and depressing to think about.

    Thanks for sharing your stories Lou... totally funny!!! I am still giggling to myself about your examples!!!! LOL!!! emoticon

    3877 days ago
    Poor little pizza-counter kid... bet he HATES his job and can't see humor when it's right in his face. These are the people who need someone like you, to show them the way, whether they "get it" or not.

    Keep on - your stories and jokes are delightful!

    3878 days ago
    I am the same way! I don't know how to handle people who have no sense of humor. I think some people have their sense of humor surgically removed.

    I can't tell jokes to my friend/coworker because I end up having to explain myself. That sort of takes the wind out of the sails. "Nevermind," I say.

    I know that look you're talking about..."crazy old coot!"
    3878 days ago
  • ALIZA77
    i feel the same way! sometimes i just walk around giggling cause i just thought of something funny, good thing i'm funny looking cause it goes well with acting weird.

    here's an old favorite:

    what does an agnostic, insomniac, dyslexic do?

    stay up all night wondering if there is a dog....that joke cracks me up every time i think of it.

    3878 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    I'm with you...people take things far too seriously these days. Sure, there is a time to be serious and I can appreciate that, but even in church or anywhere there is a lot of humor to be found & people just don't GET it!! But I love to laugh & often do!! It can do wonders for your health too!!! Great blog!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    I'm with you there, Lou! My sister and I are constantly bemoaning the lack of humor in others whenever we kid around or tell a joke. It's amazing how many people just don't even crack a smile. I'm constantly laughing at things that are funny or I find a little twisted, but a lot of people just don't get my sense of humor.

    Here's my favorite one though: When I went for a job interview at the County Sheriff's Office many years ago, I was interviewed by the big Chief, himself, who never cracked a smile even once. The whole interview I kept wondering, "Wow does this guy ever smile? Do I even want to work here?" Well, we came to the end of the interview and he looks at me very sternly and asks, "Is there anything else I need to know about you?" It was his way of asking if I had a criminal background.

    To this day I have no idea what came over me, but I slapped my hand against my forehead and moaned, "Oh man! You must have heard about all those bodies I buried back in California!!" The guy just about fell off his chair laughing! He said "Oh honey, do we need YOU around here!!" He did end up offering me the job a few weeks later but I had already accepted another one.


    Have an awesome week!

    3878 days ago
    I so appreciate humor. Laughter truly IS good medicine. Silliness is FAR too underrated. Sometimes it's just time to PLAY!
    3878 days ago
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