I am 74 years old, and love to laugh. When I'm talking to someone, I also love to make them laugh unless that person is like this.
(When I encounter someone like the individual in this photo, I will usually; "Hello') and go on about my business because I fear i might get bit with the individual's false teeth.
I believe that laughter is some of the best type of medicine we can find, and it's FREE! So are there any other people like me who love to think young and act young even though I am now a senior citizen? If so, Will you tell me a little bit about yourself and the antics you have either performed or currently act like I do?
PS.. When I was a nurses aide, I made a resident in the nursing home where I worked, have a belly laugh by something I said. I'm too old to remember what it was now, because it was about a half a century ago.
Yep, although I had a rough childhood, what saved me was humor; I sometimes say I was born silly. My mother's children were lucky to have a mom who was silly, too. It has really helped me in so many ways.
At college, in the weekly mimeographed news letter, I advertised 'pain-free' hair-cuts. That was back when people who were going home on break did not actually WANT a haircut, but needed a reasonable facsimile thereof to appease the parental figures.
I also put in notices like: "As usual there will be no meeting of The Stupid Club on Wednesday at 3 PM. Please mark this on your calendar." Also, doing something stupid made you a member automatically, and we were ALL President's of the Club. We greeted each other with a hearty yell across campus: "Hey STUPID!" It was a lot of fun.
When things at my company (where I have worked since 1981) got unbearably STUPID, I made fun of them by making up realistic copies of new forms and of memo's, and notices, which I put in each person's mail slots or posted on the bulletin board.
I made up a board game called The (company's name) Game, using co-workers names and BS we had to deal with more frequently than any of us liked, in each space/box. You rolled dice to move along the board and were to do as instructed when you landed on whatever space.
I rewrote Christmas Songs using experiences and incidents we 'suffered' and (this was when we had a company-wide voice mail system) and on each of the 12 days of Christmas, I sang a newly written song, also using co-worker's names and experiences/opinions, etc. within each song. I did this for two years in a row. The reviews were mostly positive and the ones who didn't enjoy the fun just deleted my song before they listened to it.
I drew a poster making fun of the new Dress-Code, and it was up in the office for several months.
When the company started putting up things on the inside of the bathroom stall doors, the fact that we didn't even have a space of our own in which to conduct business without the company having our attention, I posted my own notices. For example:
"IMPORTANT! There is absolutely no reason for this notice to be here. Thank you for your time and attention." --or--
"This memo does not require that you read it. Please initial and date indicating that you did not do so."
I have kept a file of all of this purely for my enjoyment.
When we were the guinea-pigs for a new charting system (paper...redundant, and in TRIPLICATE, pre-computer days) I made up an identical form but with different goals and outcomes. I thought surely I would be fired when one of the goals was that no excrement be visible on the employees head or nose. My at-the-time Director of Nurses thought it all was so hysterical that she sent a copy of it to Corporate Headquarters, and to my surprise, corporate sent me a letter of thanks and said they were including it in all orientation folders and intros to the new form of charting! My jaw dropped!
So one of the best ways for me to cope with the ridiculosity of the world in general and specifically of work, has been humor. Making fun of something like that takes out the sting! And I believe I had more fun MAKING UP these things than the folks who got them had reading them!
Last edit by No Stars In My Eyes on Mar 9