Friday, September 09, 2005

HURRICANE HUMOR

I searched the internet for non-political hurricane humor. There is a LOT of political humor, but I prefer to stay out of that arena at this blog. Not much out there yet from Katrina, these were mostly about previous hurricanes which struck Florida. I believe the statement made by Tony Deyal, in the first section expresses the need for humor beautifully. Light in the darkness By Tony Deyal If you turn tragedy into comedy, laugh at things that should bring tears, then you regain control, if only temporarily. It is a brief flash of light into a soul-searing darkness. It brings temporary relief without changing the nature of the beast and the fear of the unknown that the darkness represents.

A Jamaican I met in Miami the day after Ivan passed through Jamaica, while deeply concerned about his country and his relatives there, questioned, "Why are hurricanes named after men?" When I responded that it is because most men are a bunch of windbags full of hot air, he replied, "Because they're noisy, make a huge mess, and if you look into their eyes there's nothing there." Then he asked me why they named hurricanes like Frances after women. I didn't know, so he told me, "Because they arrive wet and wild and when they leave they take your house and car." It is not that they are trying to trivialize the event so much as put it into perspective, to place it in a context that they could deal with it and come to terms with the pain and loss. *********** Hurricane Humor My car gets 23.21675 miles per gallon, EXACTLY (you can ask the people in line who helped me push it). There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought. A 7 lb bag of ice will chill six 12-oz Budweiser's to a drinkable temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14 pound turkey frozen for 8 more hours. Flood plane drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong. Crickets can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators. When required, a Lincoln Continental will float; it doesn't steer well, but it floats just the same. Some things do keep the mailman from his appointed rounds. Your waterfront property can quickly become someone else's fishing hole. I learned what happens when you make fun of another state's blackout. Drywall is a compound word, take away the "dry" part and it's worthless. I can walk a lot farther than I thought. *********** The Holding Cell By "Tender" Head Administrator Global user With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy. You may be a hurricane survivor if. . .

You have more than 20 C and D batteries in your kitchen drawer. You find yourself dropping words like "millibar" and "convection" into everyday conversation. You are on a first-name basis with the cashier at Home Depot. Three months ago you couldn't hang a shower curtain; today you can assemble a portable generator by candlelight. You catch a 5-pound catfish. In your driveway. You can recite from memory whole portions of your homeowner's insurance policy. You can rattle off the names of three or more meteorologists who work at the Weather Channel. Someone comes to your door to tell you they found your roof. Ice is a valid topic of conversation. Relocating to North Dakota does not seem like such a crazy idea.

7 Comments:

Blogger KristieD said...

I live in Florida, so i totally get most of that humor! Good ones. I have to say, props to you for not getting politically involved on your blog. I couldnt help myself and gave into my frustrations. :) I appreciate the lighter side of things tho.

-k-

9/09/2005 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Marti said...

So glad I could help someone laugh!

Thank you for stopping by, kristie!

9/09/2005 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Tasteful humor. I like it.

It's the crude, inappropriate humor that sucks, though as of late I haven't heard any humor in poor taste. Let's hope it stays that way.

9/09/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Marti said...

Glad you enjoyed it Colleen!

In "real" life I am opinionated and perhaps crude or bawdy (friends who know me are chuckling at "perhaps")

But I wanted this blog to be a sanctuary for folks to simply sit back and smile, nothing coarse, nothing political.

Hope you have a lovely day!

9/10/2005 08:18:00 AM  
Blogger dddragon said...

I agree, thx for the humor. I think we can all use some.

9/10/2005 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Theresa said...

BAHAHAHAHA! Is it wrong that I chuckled at this one until I nearly peed - "I learned what happens when you make fun of another state's blackout." I was in that ginormous blackout! It was dark, LOL.

9/10/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Internet Pal said...

Yes it was wonderful getting to meet Marti in person.after all the years of laughing, crying and just having fun on the computer with her.......Yes I reconized Marti from her top head ponytail....she did this flip up like Rita Hayworth did in the shot from Shawhank Redemption....Marti has a wicked sense of humour, which I love and a heart of gold...we will remain longtime friends

Love ya Marti
MA

10/06/2005 09:27:00 AM  

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