Does that one funny guy in your office, the guy you opened a Twitter account for because you were beginning to feel left out of office conversations, and even Seinfeld follows him, does he seem funnier lately? When he walks into a room, do you start to smile just at the sight of him?
Or how about that local newspaper columnist, the one who has been writing humorous anecdotes about everything from dirty socks to dating rituals for the last thirty years-is she on fire right now? Is she making you snort hot coffee in the morning?
Do you find yourself tuning in to old episodes of America’s Funniest Videos, Cheers and Friends? Do you laugh harder than you did the first time you watched them? Do you think to yourself, “Now this is entertainment!”?
Do the funniest YouTube videos seem to b e getting funnier?
Maybe you’re like me.
In tense times, we all react in different ways: Some of us work on setting things right, some on staying oblivious. Some despair, some reach for a drink, others for a weapon. I send in the clowns.
If you need me, I’ll be the one sitting on a stool at the end of the bar calling, “Hi Norm!”. The one standing beside Lucy and Ethel on the assembly line with a kerchief in my hair, stuffing chocolates into my mouth or dancing down the street with Laverne and Shirley. The one having breakfast with Jerry, Ellen and George. The one with the Jennifer haircut. My friend, Jayne Martin, wrote eloquently about Sheltering in Place. I guess I’m doing that in my own way. How do you cope?