September 14th, 2019

Whale fluke

Ell. Jay. Idol.

Twice before, I have written for the glorious madness that is LJ Idol (therealljidol).

I am doing so again.

'Nuff said. ...wait, this is the opposite of "'Nuff said," as LJ Idol involves writing blog entries based on prompts and YOU'D BETTER FIND SOMETHING WORTH SAYING, so that people vote to let you stay in the game. Right on! (And write on!)

Anyway, I'm playing.


(Well, sort of.)

I was grocery shopping tonight at WinCo, in the ice cream aisle. A fifty-something guy was looking at the many options and talking to a passing other fifty- (or maybe sixty-) something guy about what ice cream was good, and he said "Moose tracks! Sounds good, but, where have those moose been?" The passing guy chuckled and walked away; I and a few other people were still near the jokingly-wondering-about-ice-cream-cleanliness guh. Who said almost the same line again. Okay, guy wants an audience. I can handle that.

I praised the variety of ice cream you can get nowadays, and decided to get the WinCo-brand Sea Salt Caramel. The guy said "You don't know where sea salt's been, either! Was it with the seaweed?"

I replied, "Hey, fiber."

He chuckled.

I have no idea if I even said truth, but it's what I came up with in the moment. But a lesson* I got once: sometimes even something non-funny seems funny in the moment, if you phrase it well. I did! Well enough.

* Here's the lesson! I was listening to Howard Stern interview Norm MacDonald, who was talking about the very funny Don Rickles. MacDonald quoted Rickles from a talk show appearance, where he'd said something that literally made no sense, but which he made funny. The audience and the host, in the moment, laughed, but it wasn't a joke. MacDonald added "You can't really improvise a joke in the moment: there's no craft to that. You can just make it sound funny." Obviously Don Rickles could craft true jokes, but even nonsense can be funny, too.