Thursday, February 10, 2005

Animal Planet and a sense of humor

You might never guess from reading my blog that I have a sense of humor. I love to laugh, and my favorite humor is self-deprecating. Self-deprecating humor is most fun when you're with somebody who doesn't know you well. The utter look of confusion that crosses their face as their trying to figure out if you're serious is great.

Tell this one to your spouse (if you can trust him or her not to hit you over the head with a frying pan):

I was reading the other day about emotional triggers and how the same incident can trigger different emotions in different people. For instance, say you are watching Animal Planet and you see a Wildebeest being cut off from the herd by a pride of lions. You start to get excited. The chase is on. Your spouse, however is mildly disturbed. As the lions close in, the Wildebeest dodges left and right, barely keeping ahead of the slashing claws. You're getting more and more excited now, face flushing and sweat starting to bead on your forehead. Beside you, the horror grows, whimpers are heard, eyes are covered. You watch intently, actually jumping up to cheer the lions on. First blood is spilled as one of the lions scores a hit, but it's shaken loose. More lions are closing in, one leaps - and the screen goes blank. You turn to see the remote being hidden under a couch cushion, tears streaming down, sobs barely being held in check. You realize suddenly that this incident has triggered entirely different reactions in the two of you. You decide you need to do some fence-mending. As you are dialing the phone, you turn and say "Don't worry - I'm calling your dad now - he'll know if your mother got away".

I figured I owed a little humor to the world...