Tuesday, July 22, 2008
My sister and I used to entertain ourselves on road trips by reading the free trucker newpapers available at most rest areas. What? You didn't know that trucker newspapers were available FREE at most rest areas? Boy, you've been missing out!
We would pick them up for the personals. They were fantastic! Eventually, though, we noticed a theme. Most people seeking a loved one fit into this description:
Single [XYZ ethnicity] [ABC gender] seeks [whatever] for QUIET WALKS, MOVIES. You must have SENSE OF HUMOR, GOOD BODY, WILLINGNESS TO OVERLOOK MY EX WIFE AND 19 KIDS AND BODY ODOR.
We never did find our soulmates reading these personals, but we did really take an interest in the common love for humor and having a sense of humor. We often laugh about our discovery by saying "I like funny things" or "Must like humor". Since then I've really done some thinking about humor and funniness. Because we really don't all find the same things funny. There are college level courses and academic books dedicated to what's funny. How can we so flippantly seek someone who enjoys "humor"?
All this led me to Maria Bamford. She's hilarious. Her impersonations of "townies" where she grew up makes me pee my pants laughing. She's ridiculous, self-depracating, and she takes her Pug with her places. You really should read the Maria Bamford article on City Pages last week. If you like the clip, go visit Maria in Duluth at The Boring Rally. I am telling you, I can overlook body odor, but you've GOT to have a sense of humor.