Laughter Makes The World Go Round









80 Responses to “Laughter Makes The World Go Round”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    We needed something light!

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks, UT!

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        January 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        You’re welcome!

        • 4 jacquelineoboomer
          January 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

          How evil am I to still be laughin’ at this one?

          • 5 utaustinliberal
            January 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm

            πŸ˜† I have the same thought when I see people (when I receive them too) sending holiday cards of themselves or with the entire family. I’m all, who the freak cares.

            • 6 jacquelineoboomer
              January 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

              Wonder if people still send the holiday letters out, all about the family shenanigans during the year (as in: who the freak cares)? My friend and I used to do parodies of ’em for entertainment, if we both received the same letter. Good times. πŸ™‚

              • 7 vcprezofan2
                January 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm

                JO’B, would you please return the lovely pic of my family I sent you, and the letter of our wonderful 2013 year? Thanks.

              • 13 utaustinliberal
                January 4, 2014 at 11:08 pm

                OMG…don’t remind me. πŸ˜† Holiday letters are even worse than the cards.

                “Junior learned to play the piano at age three, got into the gifted class and is already exhibiting signs of genius.”

                My response? Nope, Junior is going to be doing meth in 3…2…1.

                • January 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

                  Now now, maybe Junior will over-achieve and become Walter White.

                • 15 jacquelineoboomer
                  January 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

                  Ha … or:

                  “Bobby decided to drop out of college after what that nasty judge said about him that made the newspapers, and has decided to pursue a big start-up in our basement, to preclude his having to pay to rent an office out in the mean cruel world that is (fill in the blank city). We see big things for him.”

                  (Okay, your example was better!)

                • 16 catrst
                  January 5, 2014 at 7:50 am

                  The sense of humor of TODers always leaves me in stitches. Today I am laughing just hearing that other people react to the “holiday letter” and group photos the way that I do. I thought all this time I was just an insecure recipient and everyone else thought it was great to get these. One thing I noticed for the first time this year was the writing in third person which so often happens because one family member is summarizing for the whole group. The author could switch into talking about themselves with first person pronouns and go back and forth but they don’t.

              • 17 symmetry11
                January 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm

                Lol….we get one from a family every year. I don’t think we ever opened the one we got this Christmas.

                • 18 jacquelineoboomer
                  January 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

                  Ha – why bother opening it? It’s the same old stuff; they’re just one year older!

                  The last one I got was all “Carl, Sr.” this and that, and it was Carl, Sr., who was writing it. Reminded me of Bob Dole’s talking about himself all the time, in the third person, or whatever person it was – I’m exhausted!

                  Goodnight, TOD, I’m off to join the circus (as the song goes).

              • 19 dotster3
                January 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

                I love photo cards——at least it’s something to pause and look at (and critique) for a few minutes, instead of non photo cards which are quickly tossed aside. But the holiday letters are mostly all gag me with a spoon. But we do have one regular holiday letter that we look forward to every year—–because it is always so unintentionally hilarious. We fall on the floor laughing at what highlights made the letter each year. You wouldn’t believe the selections…..Our fave was the year where the holiday letter composer went around their family’s Thanksgiving table, naming each relative—–Uncle Gary and Grandma Bessie etc.—-and told what kind of pie each chose for dessert—–all around the table—–it took 2 or 3 paragraphs, most of the letter. The highlight of the year was PIE!

                • 20 jacquelineoboomer
                  January 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

                  Couldn’t been worse! That’s hysterical.

                • 22 catrst
                  January 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

                  Isn’t that what some people do with their facebook pages. At least that’s what I’ve heard. I never got into facebook because I felt I had nothing of import to say about my everyday life or my social circle. I figured my interests would bore most people online as much as they do face to face. P.S. I am never bored when I come here even when its greetings and salutations I see. Even then its funny, witty, unpretentious and caring. Love this place.

  2. 23 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    And makes some dizzy! πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Utal.

  3. January 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks UT. Given the late hour, I’m surprised you didn’t sneak in Idris’s bow tie tweet πŸ˜‰

  4. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Just a reminder “it ain’t over”:

  5. 32 dotster3
    January 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Tough gig for the press on the beat in Hawaii—–at the pool, in the ocean, taking surfing lessons. Actually a decent accounting here of PBO’s most excellent vacay as it wraps—–

    • 33 susanne
      January 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

      i love this photo of him–his smile has a special quality when he’s in hawaii. yes, he’s on vacation, but it’s also his childhood home, where he was most carefree. and the lingering images of his beloved mother and grandparents surround him here, too, like a warm embrace. aloha barack, and a hui hou~

  6. 34 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

  7. January 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you, UTeee! Inspired choices all and very good medicine, though must admit I didn’t fully spit out my Sleepytime tea until I saw God’s only follow. (I’m very late to that game, I’m sure : )

  8. 36 Cindy
    January 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    TOD members please help,
    Am I out of order to still have Christmas lights up? I didn’t do a tree but I put LED White Lights around my patio rails, they are so beautiful and brought a sense of calmness to my house. I am 17 floors up, and to sit out there (patio) is just unexplained peacefulness. I don’t want to take them down and was going to end all Monday morning; squeezing in one more night. Has everyone taken down their holiday dΓ©cor? I am off subject-sorry : (

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      If those white lights make you happy, I suggest you keep them up as long as you like! Pursuit of happiness and all that!

      • 38 Cindy
        January 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

        Thank you jacquelineoboomer,
        The set up brings a sense of peace that I can’t describe in words. Yes, in 2014, I am in pursuit of some joy, peace and all of that good stuff : ), I have plants and all so the combination is just peaceful.

    • 39 99ts
      January 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Cindy – I’m in a different part of the world but understood the decorations had to be down by 12th night – January 6 as far as I know – so I would think you could last another night or two. – take them down on the 6th. According to Wiki there is some dispute as to whether 12th night is the night of the 5th or the 6th – I would take whichever suits your purpose.


      Alternatively, take them down and then call it mood lighting & put them back πŸ™‚

    • January 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Latinos don’t take down their decorations until after Jan. 6, the Feast of the Three Kings. So enjoy!

    • January 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      I don’t think you’re out-of-order at all, especially white lights. I had a friend who had an arch to her garden and she left white lights up year round. Looked magical! Another friend kept her inside tree with all Christmas decorations on it until summer. I have a little 4 ft tree on a table and I’ve decided to keep it up and decorate it with pine cones and natural things. Maybe hearts for Valentine’s day. Easter with eggs or something. As long as it pleases me! Your patio sounds lovely!

      • 45 Cindy
        January 5, 2014 at 12:08 am

        That’s it ThisMagicalEarth!
        The words to describe it is “magical.” That is what it feels like when I am out there. I know that plants gives off energy, the word is “magical.” JoB, 99ts and Liberal Librarian, I found the word to describe what my lights bring, courtesy of ThisMagicalEarth, the word is “magical.” Thank you for all of your input, I didn’t think anyone would really care. I always tell my students; the only dumb question is the question that you don’t ask. I asked a simple question (I thought was dumb), and you guys gave wonderful answers, and ThisMagicalEarth helped me to find that missing word to describe what I feel and could not explain-it’s “magical.” I love you guys : ) !!!

  9. January 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    A lot of excellent debunking in this article. Most so far are ordinary folks like others who have been coming in for care. Excellent cooperating going on with insurance companies, clinics, pharmacies. The insured are real people having the relief of coverage, or for some, life-changing experiences.

    I really liked this

    …In the case of another CareConnect customer, last month her doctor arranged for her to have surgery for recently diagnosed endometrial cancer as soon as possible. The insurer approved it in December, before her coverage even kicked in, the surgery was successfully performed on January 2, and the woman was discharged from the hospital on Friday….

    • 47 Cindy
      January 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Wow, this is nice to hear. It’s hard to believe that Cantor has placed the ACA on his attack list for January, but they do not have Unemployment Benefits as their top priority for 1.3 million human beings on the January agenda. Why do they get to collect a paycheck for doing nothing? 1.3 million real human beings will not have their checks this week and some will not eat.

      • January 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

        The President and Harry Reid are going after them. They are trying to lay low for the Midterms but it’s not going to work. Let your congresspeople know how you feel too. Dems that you support them, GOPers that you want the extension. I love calling them!

        • 49 Cindy
          January 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

          ThisMagicalEarth, THANK YOU! I am definitely going to get involved in this. President Obama and Senator Reid will have their hands full, we all have to chip in and do our part, no matter how small. Thank you again,

        • 50 globalcitizenlinda
          January 5, 2014 at 12:12 am

          this is very important for so many already struggling people;

          gop congress should stop playing games with people’s lives

          • 51 99ts
            January 5, 2014 at 12:46 am

            It’s about everything for the long term unemployed, – now the GOP cannot kill them via no health care – they simply want them to die as a result of poverty – homeless and foodless.

  10. 52 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Love the Twitter funnies, as always πŸ™‚ Thanks UT!

  11. 54 forus50
    January 4, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Tomorrow at 4pm the 49ers will be playing the Packers in Green Bay in what is expected to be the coldest NFL game ever with 20 below and NW winds of 20 mph making a wind chill of around minus 45 degrees. That’s just dangerous cold temps.

    My brother and family were going to drive down from Milwaukee to watch it here in Chicago because of a tv black out in Wisconsin as it wasn’t sold out. He told me today though that it is now sold out but I really think people shouldn’t go. I grew up in Minnesota and our folks were smart enough to not have us go out in that kind of weather because you can get frostbite really easy if you are out more than 20 minutes.

  12. January 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm

  13. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    January 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    what time will AF1 be taking off from Hawaii?

  14. January 5, 2014 at 12:59 am

    This will help in calls or writing GOPers re extending UI benefits. Boy are they going to hear about this!! πŸ™‚

  15. January 5, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Reality Everyone ….

    FOCUS. Our objective must be #LandslideDEMS2014. We have all the tools and the righteous goals. Let’s ROLL.

    Yes WE MUST

  16. 75 susanne
    January 5, 2014 at 3:36 am

    ‘ While President Barack Obama is departing Hawaii late Saturday, Mrs. Obama is staying behind to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday party. The White House says the extra time in the islands is part of Mrs. Obama’s birthday gift from the president.

    The first lady turns 50 on Jan. 17. The White House did not say when she planned to return to Washington.

    The Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, are returning to the White House with their father. They’re scheduled to arrive in Washington Sunday morning after a two week vacation. ‘


  17. 76 susanne
    January 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

    ‘ KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) – How President Barack Obama spent Day 15 of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday:’

    ‘ HIKING: Obama and his wife went on a brief morning hike Saturday, visiting a popular trail near their Kailua vacation home that overlooks the ocean.

    GOLF: The president played one last round of golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, having hit the links frequently during his trip.

    DINNER: For their final dinner in Hawaii on this trip, the Obamas went to Buzz’s Lanikai, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant across the street from Kailua Beach Park that has been a regular stop for the family on previous vacations. ‘


  18. 77 susanne
    January 5, 2014 at 3:42 am

    ‘ President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam around 9 tonight following a 17-day vacation in Honolulu.

    First Lady Michelle Obama, who reportedly has elected to stay in Hawaii to celebrate her 50th birthday on Jan. 17 with friends, was not at the airfield.

    The 20-vehicle presidential motorcade arrived at the airfield around 8:40 p.m.

    Obama’s daughters boarded Air Force One while the president met briefly with military families who came to witness the departure.

    Obama boarded the plane around 8:50 p.m. ‘


  19. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    January 5, 2014 at 8:50 am


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