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March 26, 2008

'Lightness isn't stupidity' — Sarah Ruhl

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John Lahr quoted her thus in his superb profile in the March 17, 2008 New Yorker.

I couldn't agree more.

But lightness can be maddening when it appears in the wrong circumstance.

Such is my specialty, perhaps the thing I'm best at — cracking a joke precisely when it's least appropriate and most uncalled for.

My timing is impeccable.

I recall, among many memorable moments, making a terrific pun while I was having one of those knock-down, drag-out screaming battles with a (now ex-) girlfriend.

I started laughing, and asked if she didn't think that it was funny, regardless of everything else that was going on.

That was the last I saw of her.

I know that somewhere there's someone (besides Sarah Ruhl) who thinks like me.

Not easy to spot in a crowd of six billion plus, tell you what....

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Yeah I too will laugh when I shouldn't. Haven't had too many of my friends walk out and not come back, when I bust out laughing hysterically...because they are laughing too. They are laughing at me tho...not with me. It's hard NOT to laugh at a crazy person.

Heck one time I was ok until an angry hubby and I were in the kitchen screaming at the top of our lungs while I was washing dishes and I started hysterically laughing and he left the kitchen walked in the bedroom and I could hear him loading the gun, well you would have thought that would have scared me enough to stop laughing...but no...made me laugh even more. A real shrill almost insane laugh. He put the gun away. He went outside. I went out after I got control of that silly outburst and told him that it's not worth whatever he was thinking of doing with that loaded gun. So please be careful what and who you decide to laugh at. Sometimes laughter isn't always the best medicine. Sometimes laughter is a mask for tears.

Posted by: Rhonda | Mar 27, 2008 1:19:19 PM

It could have been far worse. You could have taken Sarah south by one state and treated her to that wonderful vinegar pork barbecue!!blahhhhhh!!!!

Cheer Up, you'll find the one :)

Posted by: PerhapsCreativeEnough | Mar 26, 2008 11:03:22 PM

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