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Thursday, 12 July 2007

Tick Epidemic - Nude Humor Everywhere

By Jo Ann of Along The Way

There's a lot of fun and craziness that occurs between friends through the years. Such exchanges happen in person, other interactions with more distant friends occur by letter, and in recent years more easily by phone and via email for some.

One such humor avenue involves distributing written information presented as accurate that actually is false. Some unknown third party foists onto others this untrue information that likely was concocted just in jest. Then in a gesture of caring and concern, well-intentioned individuals forward this erroneous material to their friends and family.

Examples of such jest seem to materialize frequently disguised as diet and health warnings written as though they are true. Checking the authenticity of these stories referred to as "urban legends" is often wise.

A friend did once send me such a warning. Thinking she had probably checked the veracity of the facts, I didn't bother to verify the accuracy before forwarding the information to another friend. That friend, much more Net savvy than I, immediately recognized the long-known lack of legitimacy of this data and set me straight. Naturally, I had great fun informing my other friend her story was bogus. She has not forgotten even with the passage of time.

I recently received a message from her stating that she has now developed an intense dislike toward sending warning emails to friends. She told me that a recent experience was so serious she was disregarding this aversion, however, just this once, to send me this warning. She said, "I had someone come to the door who told me there was a tick epidemic and to take off all my clothes." She continued, "If someone comes to your door and tells you the same thing, don't do it!" I'm so glad I have a friend that cares so much about me.

In contrast to the above tale, I am reminded of a factual story another friend told me. He sometimes provides training for people with short term memory problems. Such difficulties manifest themselves in many ways, sometimes involving forgetting to perform ordinary daily activities like brushing their teeth or dressing, even how to do so. Some may, irritatingly to others, keep repeating words they've just said. What is actually forgotten is unique to each individual.

Seems my friend had an adult woman patient with serious short term memory problems. He went to her home for their regularly-scheduled, morning training session and knocked on her door as usual. When she opened the door he was quite startled to observe that she was totally nude. He quickly recovered his composure, then said in a manner and tone to not alarm her, "Oh, Jean, I see you forgot to put on your clothes today."

Glancing down, she noticed her unclothed body apparently for the first time that morning. She responded, quite unembarrassed, "Why yes, I see I did." She quickly excused herself to her bedroom to get dressed as she motioned him into the living room to wait for her. When fully dressed she rejoined him. They immediately focused their attention on continuing tasks to assist her in increasing her memory skills and to develop ways to cope with the challenges in the meantime.

I find humor in many sources with some originating in creative minds, others in the interpretation of real life events. Either way, interesting and humorous stories can evolve to evoke my soft and gentle chuckles. The laughs those tales generate are just enough to release the brain chemicals called endorphins that science has proven provide a beneficial healing effect in our bodies. I think I'll give more thought to some of the humorous stories of my life as well as seeking such tales from others.

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 02:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Great lesson here, Jo Ann! I think I read that somewhere, too. It's why I subscribe to a couple humor lists -- good laughs can be hard to come by whem one lives a rather solitary existence as many of us elders do.

Hello Jo Ann,

I certainly do wish your "tick warning" had appeared yesterday rather than today.

They were at my door yesterday and told me about the ticks and,just as you said they would, instructed me to take off all my clothes, which I did. After a thorough examination of my body they declared me tick free.
Now that I have read your warning, I feel like such a fool!

Good point, Kay, about the challenges to find humor day-to-day for those of us living alone. Blogging provides me sources for a few laughs, too.

Timing is everything, Nancy! Think how foolish I feel to have ignored my friend's warning. But, at least I didn't have any ticks.

Good point, Kay, about the challenges to find humor day-to-day for those of us living alone. Blogging provides me sources for a few laughs, too.

Timing is everything, Nancy! Think how foolish I feel to have ignored my friend's warning. But, at least I didn't have any ticks.

I'll have to sic a cat on them, if they come to my door!

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