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Humorless Grind

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Here’s the thing. Given a choice between being serious or having a laugh, I choose the laugh every time. Unfortunately, a year into a deadly pandemic, I’m finding it harder and harder to encounter the amount of funny that I prefer in a typical day.

I suppose part of it is a natural result of Cyndie and me shutting ourselves in at home weekend after weekend. Laughing at ourselves gets a little old after a while when that’s the only humor we are finding. I should probably scour our bookshelves for something written by Dave Barry or my anthologies of Berkeley Breathed’s “Bloom County” comics.

Despite some people’s best efforts, jokes about facemasks or social distancing don’t quite satisfy. Any humor about the good old days “BP” (Before Pandemic) just tend to make me sad.

We were watching a movie over the weekend that included a scene in which someone made a wish and blew out the candles on their birthday cake and it made us cringe and yell at the screen to tell them to throw away the cake.

I got a little chuckle last night when Cyndie set down an open soft-cover book with the pages down and Pequenita became obsessed with pawing at the glossy cover like she was trying to move all of her kitty-litter completely out of the box.

Even when we find something funny and surprise ourselves by laughing to tears over it when it didn’t really deserve that extreme, the pall of pandemic misery is still stuck on everything like an oily film.

Making it through a full year of pandemic restrictions should be its own reward and the “light at the end of the tunnel” vaccine distribution is supposed to be fueling hope, but the stark reality of many months more of it all still ahead of us is quick to extinguish the best of laughs.

You’d think I might appreciate getting tickled by my face mask, but it just triggers sneezing and then I get the sniffles.

I don’t find sniffling to be very funny.

I’m pretty sure I know what’s really bugging me. My friends make me laugh and socializing has long been discouraged. Wisecracking banter loses all its charm through the clumsy video-chat apps. Makes me just want to put on my best mittens, cross my arms and legs, and slouch back curmudgeonly in my chair, I tell ya.

News reports are announcing that SNL is returning from their holiday hiatus this coming weekend with the first new show of 2021 being hosted by John Krasinski. Something to look forward to.

All I have to do is survive the humorless grind of reported new cases and more deaths for another five days.

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Written by johnwhays

January 26, 2021 at 7:00 am

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  1. I guess that party is over now, due to the Delta and other variants. So, next time you and Cyndie throw a pity party break out some Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. In my lifetime their era, including the aforementioned Opus, was the epitome of cutting cartoon humour.
    I wish Berkeley Breathed, Gary Larson, and Bill Watterson were still around today. With their commentary there might be less anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers around. And Trump would never have survived their sarcasm–or maybe he would have had to assassinate them to shut them up, in Syrious, of course!

    rawgod

    September 20, 2021 at 9:23 am

    • I was just looking at some of those comic anthologies in our bookshelves the other day as I hunted for old copies of news magazines I’d saved with coverage of 9/11 aftermath. I revisited those in recognition of the milestone of 20 years later. I should go back and cleanse my mental palate by spending time with the works of Breathed and Watterson again.
      Thanks for your comment.

      johnwhays

      September 22, 2021 at 7:21 am


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