Some days, a person just needs a good laugh.
Tuesday was like that for me.
It wasn’t a bad day, really. I covered the Nobles County Board meeting, which lasted only about 45 minutes. The killer was spending the next 3 hours and 15 minutes listening to our commissioners and administrator go over the 2010 budget … department by department.
A reporter can only sit so long leaning over a laptop computer that utilizes a chair as a makeshift desk. Oh, how I wish I had a desk … or a TV tray … or something that makes typing on a laptop a little more comfortable at such long meetings!
Anyway, I had the story written and was out of the office by a little after 5 p.m. – for the second day in a row! That almost never happens!
I went home and was ready for an evening of television entertainment. I’ve set my book reading aside for a little while to work on a hardanger (Norwegian embroidery) project that may … or may not … be finished in time to give as a Christmas gift.
As is usually the case (unless I’m stitching during a Twins game in the summer), I found myself stitching during the commercials and staring at the idiot box during the main feature. Tuesday night, I found an "America’s Funniest Home Videos" marathon on one of the channels and sat laughing at clip after clip while absent-mindedly holding my needle and thread in hand.
I don’t know about you, but I find the funniest clips to be those where someone obviously had to feel the pain.
Why is that?
There was a clip of a guy with a bicycle on top of a picnic table (that’s just asking for pain) who attempted to "jump" off the end. Needless to say, when he picked himself up off the grass and mangled bike, host Tom Bergeron said "And that isn’t a goatee he’s sporting … look closely!" Sure enough, the bicycler had grass stains around his mouth and up his nose.
Ouch … that had to hurt! Still, I was laughing so hard I gave myself a side ache!
There were the customary clips of cute babies, teenage boys attempting stunts, bridesmaids fighting over bridal bouquets and a plethora of pet antics.
However, I laughed the most when a woman was nailed in the face with a cork from a champagne bottle (the facial expression was priceless) and when a guy tried doing a cartwheel and ended up with rug burn on his face. Uff da … those had to hurt!
It kind of makes sitting through a 4-hour county board meeting seem not so bad.