My son is a toddler no more…

Yes, I’m afraid the age of innocence is over.  After we had finished kicking the football around, Jon sidled up to me and asked oh-so-brightly: “Daddy, can I have some money?”

At least he’s not asking for the car keys…

A joke that requires Thomas the Tank Engine knowledge

For my next entry in my series of posts that shamelessly exploits my son’s strong Q-rating, here is Jon’s latest joke:

We’re teaching Jon our home address in case he gets lost. 

During this morning’s Skype video call, Jon showed off his geo-location knowledge. 



First came the street address… perfect. 

Then our town… perfect. 

Then my wife asked: “What state do we live in?”

The Rhode Island of Sodor!


Cheering up a gloomy project or initiative

Mike Yanagita

I’m curious whether folks have any good stories about humor…I’ve found that a little bit of insanity always helps keep a project or an initiative fun (or at least bearable).  Also, showing that I can laugh at myself is a great way to loosen up the team.

I was on a busy team supporting the wave of SAP R/3 4.6C upgrades back in 2000-2001.  One of our main sources of amusement was reciting dialogue from Fargo, especially from the character Mike Yanagita.  If you’ve been a road warrior you’ll relate to many of his lines:

  • I shouldn’t have done this.  I shouldn’t have done this.  I shouldn’t…
  • I’ve been so lonely.
  • You know, it’s a Radisson, so it’s pretty good. Yah.

"King" Gator

I was reminded of the importance of humor as I amused my son with my rendition of Ken Page’s showstopper “Let’s Make Music Together” from All Dogs Go to Heaven.   Singing King Gator’s part sends him into stitches, given my secret talent for mimicing camp characters and singing Ethel Merman’s signature tunes.  And the difference is.. ?

You’ll know it’s a tough project if I convene a karaoke party and belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business!

This research proves that I’m highly evolved…

Now here’s a dangerous article…per my comment to Jonathan at Manage by Walking Around, maybe I shouldn’t have read it before slamming Yahoo.  Schadenfreude and karma indeed…

Anyway, it comforts me that this article claims that sarcasm may well be an evolutionary adaptation (here).  Not surprisingly given my recent snarky tone, I agree that there is something to this:

Sarcasm, then, is a verbal hammer that connects people in both a negative and positive way. We know that sense of humor is important to relationships; if someone doesn’t get your jokes, they aren’t likely to be your friend (or at least that’s my bottom line about friendship). Sarcasm is simply humor’s dark side, and it would be just as disconcerting if a friend didn’t get your snide remarks.

The article also notes that sarcasm is a way of making, testing, and setting boundaries on alliances.  It works in different ways for me — sometimes I’m the witty one and sometimes I’m the straight man.  Either way, being able to give or get the humor forms a profound bond.

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