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30th January 2002 # 044
Happy National Inane Answering Message Day



Moderator's Comment -
~ Gunjan
~ Eva


Makes me Smile (1.0)
~ Stephanie Allen

Makes me Smile (1.1)
~ Millie Meyers

Makes me Smile (1.2)
~ Krystal Eves

Makes me Smile (1.3)
~ Gunjan

~ Millie Meyers

~ Gunjan


Call for Assistance
~ Scott Simmerman


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Dear LaughMates,

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another week can cause a flood !?! :-)

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Dear LaughMates,

I've really enjoyed seeing all your repartee and
wit in this and the last several issues.

Life here in California has certainly been interesting
and distracting. Last night, right after my husband had
toddled off to bed, I felt the earth move under my feet.
Several times.

At first, I thought it was my computer protesting being
overworked. Nah,... it was a traditional California January
event...a series of significant earthquakes.

Then, today, I focused getting a client's papers ready for an
audit this Thursday. When I was nearly done, I realized the
audit is for their 1997 tax return. We'd been preparing 1995.
(IRS had also created an audit report for 1995, due to some
mix up with misplaced tax returns in their system. Since all
the letters came at the same time, we thought THIS
appointment was for that. But, no! It was for a whole
different year!)

The nice thing was, when I called IRS and asked to get
put through the auditor I expect to see - to get her help
in sorting all this out, she heard my name and
remembered me, with delight. But, being with a
taxpayer, she would call me back in 10 minutes.

Three hours later....having skipped lunch in case she
might call....still no call.

But, someone else did call, a client called to see if she could
drop in - since she had driven a couple of hundred miles (starting
in the snow, in Southern California???) and was in the area,
so.... I managed to finish a tax return I hadn't expected to do.

And to top the day off, we had the privilege of listening
to President Bush's State of the Union address. I can't
tell you why, but Rick and I managed to keep up a
running series of wisecracks throughout. OK,...shame
on us! But here's the thing that really gives me shivers
every time I hear it - the phrase, "Homeland Security."
I keep seeing Nazis. So, help me, please.

Can anyone come up with a better phrase or title
for this cabinet post?

I'd really like to take advantage of a Euzula-like program
to overlay audio broadcasts so whenever someone uses
that phrase, it's replaced with the ones you dream up.

Now, I'm counting on you to help me with this. Remember,
if you don't, we're coming out there with our AmericaCorps
to help teach you how to improve your life. Because, clearly
only Americans know what's best for you. (Shades of
the Crusades...)

And on this note,...let's get back to the show!

Your Comic Guide,

Eva Rosenberg

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===== Continuing Discussions =====

===> Makes me Smile

>From Ctjesters <Ctjesters@aol.com>

Hi, Gunjan.

You asked who in their workplaces makes readers laugh. Well, Edd
is the only person in my workplace and he is always making me laugh.
You never know which character is going to pop out of him and what
the character is going to say.

Actually, I guess you could say I have lots of people in my workplace
who make me laugh, all in the body of Edd.

You can see both Scud Fedders and Wayne Engledink (and other
characters) at http://www.allen-nichols.com

Yours in the spirit of laughter and joy,


Comments on this post or to tell us about who makes you smile -

===> Makes me Smile

>From Millie M. Meyer, C.H.P. Health Humorist <milmey@netscape.net>


I am a psych nurse. Some of the psychiatric technicians I work
with love to play practical jokes on any and all coworkers. You
never know where or when they will 'strike'. These are fun, harmless
practical jokes that keep us on our toes and laughing. They're also
quite observant. For example, one day I wore a hair clip that one
of them recognized as having the shape of the Chevrolet design
(the shape you see on the autos and trucks that tells you at once
that it's a Chevy). He worked a dialogue through most of the shift
regarding how I was advertising for Chevy. The things he said would
not be funny to others not present; it was one of those "you had to be
there" things, but it kept us laughing all shift.

Also, my patients are very bright and funny! They love knowing that
the staff enjoy humor, and they like to share their jokes and to relate
funny things that have happened to them. I think it's very good for them.
I know it's good for the staff!

I really enjoy my work with these 'crazy' staff and humorous patients.

Millie M. Meyer
C.H.P.Health Humorist
Get Sillie with Millie! Go Higher with Meyer!
Learn how humor can increase fun and profit in the workplace.

(Millie, is psych the standard short form of psychiatry?
Don't you drive punsters wild by saying you are a
sick sorry psych nurse! Gunjan ;)

Comments on this post or to tell us about who makes you smile -

===> Makes me Smile

>From krystal eves <gemini_krystal@hotmail.com>


I do have someone at work that makes me laugh. It's not because
he's funny or does stupid things, it's because when I am not in my
usual spirits he is there to pick me right up. Maybe it's because he
is gay! I am not too sure, but he is the bomb. He always has silly phrases
like cheer up buttercup, or don't be so glum chum, drink some rum
and you won't be a bum. I love him to death just coz he's perky.


Comments on this post or to tell us about who makes you smile -

===> Makes me Smile


My uncle was my Guru as far as marketing is concerned.
I've never seen a better bluffer. Once he was bluffing to
some clients about places in Europe etc. His descriptions
and personalized tales seemed so endearing that they
not just convinced the outsiders, but got his elder
brother who was sitting with him flabbergasted too.

After 15-20 minutes of listening the brother was completely
taken and asked ..... "But Pradip, when did you visit Europe?"
That brought the bluff to light in front of the customers, and
ruined it, but boy do we have a great laugh whenever we
remember that incident.

www.workinghumor.com - Let your Humor Work for you !

Comments on this post or to tell us about who makes you smile -

====> Ambition!


I think that the greatest ambition a person can have is to serve others.
In doing so, that person enriches his own life over and over. If we stay
busy serving others, we increase our own sense of well-being and
enjoyment of life, so it's a win-win situation.

Millie M. Meyer, C.H.P.Health Humorist
Get Sillie with Millie! Go Higher with Meyer!
Learn how humor can increase fun and profit in the workplace.

Comments :

====> Ambition!

Hi Friends,

Millie's post helps me to discuss my first observation on ambition,
which is that private ambition is most often very different from
public ambitions. I don't say this with any disrespect to Millie.
Her choice of profession quite clearly indicates that her private
ambitions are probably very similar to her public ones, but how
many of the beauty pageant entrants, who all seem to have similar
public ambitions like contributing to world peace, eradicating
poverty, helping children, blah-blah, have the same
private ambitions?

How many of them do you think actually want to win the crown
for all the noble goals that they eloquently dish out? How many
of them have done any work towards their claimed goals before
entering the pageants?

While I was living in a small town called Rajgangpur, I used to
get a postal edition (one day late) of a newspaper called the
Telegraph and they had a Sunday Magazine in which on the
last page they always interviewed a celebrity. The last question
which always (for some reason) interested me most used to be
- "How would you like to remembered!"

In all my 2-3 years of reading that magazine I don't
remember a single answer that had any monetary
mention ever. (That's why I'm so intrigued by Amit's -
"I'd like to be richer than Bill Gates.")

I'll tell you more about the most memorable answer
I saw, some of my own ambitions and about
I-Laugh's vision statement etc, in future issues as this
issue has already become so long, that if I harp on
any longer you won't have any time left to send in
your posts or to answer Scott's call for assistance.

With best wishes,
coz 7 days without a pun makes one weak

Comments :

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Elian is Safe...

===== New Discussions =====

====> Call for Assistance


Greetings all. And a simple request for assistance on two fronts.


I tell a joke about two caterpillars sitting there and a beautiful
butterfly floating by. My punch line has been:

"And the one says to the other,
'You'll never get me up in one of those things."

Now this sets off a whole 'nother stream of consciousness and I make a
whole lot of different learning points about the problems with "Knowing
THE Answer (THE as in "duh)" and the like...

Check it out at:


Yet I know that my American framework on the joke doesn't naturally work
everywhere else and that there are better ways of "anchoring" the concept.

-- "You will never see me flying up as one of those butterflies!"
-- "You will never get me to fly like one of those butterflies."

Any thoughts on how to say this punchline and set up themes of
resistance to change, fear of the unknown, the need for transformation,
the inevitability of change and all that?


I am discussing the production of an educational video with one of the
production companies and we are not sure whether to focus on the issue
of managing and leading change or to focus on the issue of active
involvement and ownership.

Two working titles are,

-- "Teaching the Caterpillar to Fly" - change, transformation
-- "Nobody Ever Washes a Rental Car" - ownership, involvement

Any thoughts on which would be of the most interest? I have written on
both extensively in my newsletters and have a variety of Square Wheels
illustrations all around both of these themes. If we were able to do
only one, what would be of most use? The goal is to put a useful set of
tools in the hands of the supervisors to enable them to facilitate the
process of improvement.


For the FUN of It!

Scott Simmerman - "The Square Wheels Guy"
Performance Management Company - 800-659-1466

- Tools for Training and Development <http://www.squarewheels.com/>
- Scott as Speaker <http://www.simmerman.com/>

Comments -

=========== This week's Humor ==========

"Take a bunch of flowers home for your wife, sir," urged the street vendor.

"I haven't got a wife," replied the young man.

"Then buy a bunch for your sweetheart."

"I don't have a sweetheart, either."

"Well then, buy a couple of bunches to celebrate your luck."

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