“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”– Erma Bombeck
A week later, and things are much as expected. That’s why it’s a great time to have a sense of humor.
I have to keep going back to these people I deeply respect, despite their decision to continue to throw our country into chaos.
After talking with a few this week, it seems it’s not serious. “Yeah, he’s terrible, I’m not sad he lost.” Others echo: “Yeah, let’s just make sure the votes get counted fairly.”
I think everyone can get behind that. Of course everyone wants the legal votes counted and the illegal ones discarded. Even if it doesn’t go their way, that’s what everyone wants.
So, back to the sense of humor: Erma Bombeck. She’s a funny lady! And if we can’t have a laugh with each other, at each other, what’s the point?
That’s certainly how Tom Malloy handled his business after a ridiculous ten-year battle that netted him a ton of money. Because he was able to approach the problem with a sense of humor, in the end it worked out for him.
And that’s what we all have to try to do – it’s only temporary, we just need to laugh once in a while.
Humor: An Interfanatic Quality
Can we have a laugh together? If we can, we’re on the right track. If we cannot, it’s gonna be a long slog.
When I can – without breaking the professional barrier – I try to bring humor into things. It can make the project go so much better!
As was the case with Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park. The assertion was that race cars, from miles away, would kill poppies. Sure.
You have to laugh, right? So that’s what we do.
Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park – In the End, A Good Giggle
Tom laid plans for a beautiful facility. In the end, environmentalists created so much red tape, and so many problems, the project was abandoned. For a massive profit. That’s what’s funny.
And please don’t take this the wrong way – our environment, our Earth, is in trouble. And that’s no laughing matter. Tom works hard in his other businesses to protect Mother Earth. But race cars kill poppies? That’s just funny. Sure, if they drive over them. But if they’re miles away, the sound of a race car will not kill any poppy.
We created a beautiful website for the project. We were there, to watch the project progress. I remember even going to a couple of county hearings about the project. And we watched it all fade away.
Tom is a great proponent for motorsports and motorsports history, as his family is deeply rooted in the Los Angeles motor racing story. He was excited to carry on that tradition. And he did and does, but not through FBMP.
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Interfanatic: Keeping Humor
Why don’t you and I have a laugh? We can talk business, too. And that can be very serious. But let’s not remember to keep things enjoyable with a good joke or two.
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I was driving home the other day after a very long day with a client. And I saw this – what seemed to me to be a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what humor is – it can light the way during even the most stressful of times. And, I’m reminded of just what a pretty place I live in.
Black Lives Matter.
When we’re divided, commonality reminds us that we’re similar. What better way to remind ourselves of our similarities than to share a laugh.
Even when things are incredibly stressful, and people are dying – especially then we need a light.
The only way we’re going to understand each other is if we talk. It’s good to drop the hyperbole. The problem is that hyperbole has become real here, even though some people are insistent everything is a hoax. 230,000 Americans have died, and that’s no joke. 130,000+ have died because of a lack of leadership.
But hopefully, when this is all said and done, we can say, “ah, thank God that’s over.”
The question is, what will we have learned?
Our nation is divided. The people that voted for Trump do not understand the repercussions of his presidency to people not like them.
How do we make them understand? Communication. Demonstration. (Not demonstrating, I mean showing – though there’s certainly nothing wrong with demonstrating. Especially if we can get the hate out and do it peacefully, leading to real conversations and understanding.)
If Trump voters understood how dire things were for people not like them, they would care. They would prioritize that. I have no doubt about that.
But they don’t. We need to fix that. Could a brilliantly executed joke help?
The problem as I see it is far too many conservatives are taking all of this way too lightly. It’s almost as if, now that the election has happened, “well, I didn’t want that guy anyway.” I’ve heard this multiple times.
Yet, you voted for him.
Yet, you voted for him.
You voted for division. Do you understand that?
No. Clearly, you do not understand that your actions had seriously negative implications for others. Clearly, you do not understand that he killed over 100,000 Americans before their time. Because if you did understand that, you would not have voted for him. You’re a good person.
You voted for a lack of leadership. Do you understand that?
You voted for more rancor. Do you understand what that does to us as a people? You’ve seen the results for five years, and you wanted more…
Clearly, Trump conservatives don’t see these issues as a problem – for themselves. So they laugh this shit off, “yeah, I voted for him but I’m not sad he’s gone.” I’ve heard this multiple times. It’s a problem.
Just because you’re not negatively effected, and perhaps you’re even positively impacted in a slight way, does not mean that’s the way to go. That’s a very self-centered approach to life. We have to look out for each other – all of us. No matter our color, religion, we are all in this together.
We have to set boundaries. We have to set standards. Blatant lying, acceptance of hurtful attitudes and people is unacceptable. Nobody is perfect, but ignoring major problems is a slippery slope. For all of us.
So, we all need to talk to gain understanding.
Maybe we can do it over a laugh.
This is America.