Laughter, lifes best medicine

By Chad1978 Latest Reply 2011-12-09 17:18:08 -0600
Started 2011-09-21 10:22:50 -0500

Good morning ladies, gentlemen, diabetics, non-diabetics, people just looking for a place to have a good chat, people looking to annoy those that were looking to have a good chat, and any others out there that I have not mentioned. Well, my summer has ended and now my greatest hate is creeping closer and closer and closer. What is it, you ask? Winter in Chicago…YUCK. Oh, well at least I still have the fall to enjoy. Crap. I just realized I hate fall, too. I suck. I really need to move to a city that is warm all year round. I hate anything under 70 degrees. I have lived in the 'burbs of Chicago my entire life, and still have yet to get used to cold weather.

Although the gloomy weather is approaching I do have to say I have many ways to turn the gloom and doom into fun and laughter. You see one of my favorite shows is back on, and no not Two and a Half Men. The new Two and a Half Men completely sucked. That was rather disappointing. I never was a big fan of Ashton Kutcher, and I think he is a rather bad actor. No, the show I am referring to is Raising Hope. That show is freeking hilarious. I think it is on Fox, I have it set on DVR so forget the channel, but it is on Tuesday's, and I highly recommend you folks to watch it. Another show that has me laughing til my ribs hurt is Louie, with Louis C.K. Not a clue what channel it is on, as I was streaming it via Netflix, but man was season 1 hilarious.

I am not certain whether or not laughter is the best medicine, but I have noticed that my A1C numbers are the best during the times I watch a lot of comedies. I watch shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, pretty much all stand up comedies on HBO, Showtime, and any other shows that people recommend that are funny. I am constantly laughing while watching my TV shows, hanging with friends/family, at work with my co-workers, and pretty much anytime I am not sleeping. Hell, my wife has said that I woke her a few times with me laughing in my sleep.

Laughter may or may not have any influence on my A1C numbers, but one thing I know for certain is that I never have any gloomy days, outside for the first 5 minutes I walk outside my house in the winter and see snow. Laugh, people, laugh. It's fun. I promise. I have no time in my life for negativity or anger, but I have plenty of time to laugh, laugh, laugh. Take two of these jokes and call me in the morning.

Joke number 1:

Q: What did one meter say to the other
A: Hi/Lo…get it?…OK, pretty lame. Maybe number 2 will be better

Actually, joke numero dos is a series of funny things about being a diabetic. I found this on some website, and laughed out loud a few times.

The theme is: You know you are a diabetic when:

You tell your boyfriend/girlfriend you’re high in the middle of the frozen food aisle and get a funny look from the woman standing next to you.

You join friends for dinner and the first thing their 5-year-old says is, “The rolls are 14 carbs.”

Co-workers hit you up for food because you have the best snack drawer in the office.

You purposefully say things like “I have to shoot up now” in order to get an odd look from the table next to yours. (this was my favorite one)

You can’t balance your checkbook, but you can divide anything by 15. (Thanks carb-ratios).

You become slightly annoyed when you see someone eating a banana by itself.

Everytime you go to the Cheesecake Factory, you happen to be “low.” (been there, done that…HA)

You know who Wilford Brimley is and he drives you nuts. (my 2nd favorite)

You walk into a party and your friend says, “I bought sugar-free mixers and carb-friendly snacks.”

Well, there you have it. My prescription to all of my fellow diabetics out there is laughter. Laugh twice a day, and call me back in a year or two. HA

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Roy531 2011-12-07 13:40:56 -0600 Report

Skinny Dipping

An elderly man in Florida had owned a large farm for several years.
He had a large pond in the back.

It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with
picnic tables, horse shoe courts, and some orange, and lime trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't
been there for a while, and look it over.

He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared
the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.
As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women
skinny-dipping in his pond.

He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.
One of the women shouted to him, 'we're not coming out until you leave!'

The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies
swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked..'

Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the alligator.'

Some old men can still think fast.

Roy531 2011-11-10 08:00:54 -0600 Report

Tomorrow's weather report has a number of safety precautions you should take note of:

*Tornados are coming ‐ seek shelter in the interior of your house.

*Earthquakes are coming ‐ avoid the interior of your home. Go outside if possible.

*There's lightning outside ‐ avoid high ground…

*There's a flash flood warning ‐ avoid low ground…

*Hail is present ‐ avoid open areas.

*Parts of the state have received over 5" of rain in three hours.

*However ‐ we have a burn ban.

Welcome to Oklahoma.

jayabee52 2011-11-10 16:41:33 -0600 Report

ROTFL! As I recall Nebraska was much like that, but there we had crowbar holes in the side of the house. If you stuck your crow bar out the hole and it came back wet it was raining, if you stuck the crow bar out and it came back white it was snowing. If you couldn't pull it back in, it was a typical Nebraska wind and you didn't go out that day!

Chad1978 2011-11-09 07:24:34 -0600 Report

Here is a funny joke I heard the other day:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see." Watson replied: "I see millions and millions of stars." Holmes said: "And what do you deduce from that?" Watson replied: "Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like Earth out there. And if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life." And Holmes said: "Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent."

jayabee52 2011-11-08 23:26:55 -0600 Report


My cousin just sent me some helpful hints:

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair.
2. Pam cooking spray will dry fingernail polish.
3. Paint Elmer's Glue on your face, allow it to dry, peel it off and see the dead skin and blackheads.
4. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

This was my response to her:

"Hi Cuz, I just tried a few of your helpful hints but some strange things happened. I put Budweiser on my hair, then Pam cooking spray on my fingernails. Next I put Elmer's glue on my face and sugar on the burn on my tongue.

"Well, while driving my daughter to school, the Pam spray made the steering wheel slippery and the Elmer's glue made the bugs stick to my face. I ended up driving into the wall of the school. When the police came they asked me what happened. Since I had sugar on my tongue, this is what they heard: 'Eye waz twying sum nu hintz to mate me loook bedder.'

"Needless to say, they arrested me for drunk driving because they smelled the Budweiser in my hair and they said I was incoherent. Hey Cuz … any helpful hints for making jailhouse bread and water taste better? Signed: Prisoner #624789"

jayabee52 2011-10-12 10:27:02 -0500 Report

Porch or Porsche
A blonde, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a handyman-type and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs for her to do. "Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?" The blonde said "How about 50 dollars?"

The man agreed and told her that the paint and ladders that she might need were in the garage. The man's wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, "Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?" The man replied, "She should. She was standing on the porch."

A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money. "You're finished already?" he asked. "Yes," the blonde answered, "and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats." Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the $50. "And by the way," the blonde added, "that's not a Porch, it's a Ferrari."

Young1s 2011-11-08 14:26:37 -0600 Report

Hahahahahaha!!! I have always been a fan of all things comical. I try to laugh daily and often. It IS the best medicine for me. I wonder if you can burn off carbs or lower BS laughing. That would be awesome. LOL

jayabee52 2011-09-26 21:43:32 -0500 Report

A panda walks into a bar, sits down and orders a sandwich. He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter dead.

As the panda stands up to go, the bartender shouts, 'Hey! Where are you going? You just shot my waiter and you didn't pay for your sandwich!'

The panda yells back at the bartender, 'Hey man, I'm a PANDA! Look it up!'

The bartender opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda: 'A tree dwelling marsupial of Asian origin, characterized by distinct black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.'

jladytiger1979 2011-09-26 21:25:24 -0500 Report

Wonderful chuckle. I find the more positive side of life to be more beneficial too! I feel for you. I moved out of the mountains to the beach to be warm all year & no snow! Well it had snowed every blooming year!! So much for that idea!!! Thanks to everyone for their funnies!!!

Chad1978 2011-10-03 08:28:12 -0500 Report

Damn snow. Can't live with it, and apparently you can't move away from it, lol. I do like that idea, however. I think the daily view of the beach would make me forget about the snow real fast. All I get in Chicago is the views of houses or businesses covered in snow, and the back of many a bumbers in the wonderful Chicago traffic. I might even allow a mountain trade in for Chicago, as well. We have gone down to the Black Hills, in South Dakota, a year or two in January, and we loved it. It snowed like crazy while we were there, but was plowed by 5 AM. That never happens by me. If it snows all day I'm lucky to see a plow at about 9 AM.

jayabee52 2011-11-10 00:15:01 -0600 Report

Move to Las Vegas, Chad. We get enough snow to make a snowman every 5 years or so. and the snow usually lasts a half a day or so.

If I get lonesome for snow I can always drive about 50 miles to Mt Charleston where there is usually snow every winter (12,000 + ft elevation) There is a ski resort and a snow play area up there.

I grew up east of chicago and were I grew up we had tremendous "lake effect" snows.

jayabee52 2011-09-25 07:57:38 -0500 Report

Two old men in a retirement village were sitting in the reading room and one said to the other, ''How do you really feel? I mean, you're 75 years old, how do you honestly feel?''

''Honestly, I feel like a new born baby. I've got no hair, no teeth, and I just peed myself.''

eristar 2011-09-25 07:02:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for the smile on this Sunday morning. I needed it - my coffee is almost gone! :) Got to ask whereabouts in the Chicago area you reside - I grew up (well, that's debatable!) and lived for many years in the city itself, and then lived in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I agree with you about winter in the city, but I do love fall, all three or four days we get! Have a great day!

Chad1978 2011-10-03 08:38:06 -0500 Report

I live in Homer Glen which borders Orland Park, Lemont, and Lockport. My big hate about winter is the trafficc. I mean traffic is bad enough, but if it rains for 5 seconds then not one person has a clue of how to drive. I don't mind the winter in some other states I've been in, because in those cities I didn't have the traffic issues like I do on a snowy Chicago day. I suppose it is just Chicago I hate, and not the winter…yep, that sounds about right.

veggie1962 2011-09-24 12:49:37 -0500 Report

I'm a firm believer in laughing being good for your health. "I Love Lucy" is my "medicine".

jayabee52 2011-09-25 05:24:26 -0500 Report

Yeah, my bride Jem really had a thing for Lucy when Jem was alive. For christmas one year she got a set of all of Lucy's Videos in CD. It came in a metal lunchbox with lucy on it. And she also had a tote bag she used as a purse with a scene from Lucy's show printed on it.

Anonymous 2011-09-24 07:26:36 -0500 Report

You get upset over weather??? How sad. Think about counseling for your doom and gloomy attitude. Sounds like mental illness in the form of SAD.

cavie2 2011-11-10 03:49:09 -0600 Report

I agree with Chad when you laugh you emit positive energy and what goes around comes around, when you spew negativity it is like a virus it spreads like wildfire and taints everything and everyone in its path. So tell me Anonymous what was your cowardly reason for coming into this positive conversation hiding your identity just so you could come out with something negative. The "Post anonymously" button was put there for a very good reason and it was primarily for people to talk about some health issue they had that they might find embarrassing, not for cowards who gripe and snipe at other people.

Chad1978 2011-09-24 10:10:24 -0500 Report

Upset, no. Annoyed, yes.

Counseling for the hate I have for winter? Nah, probably not.

Mental illness? Possibly, but highly unlikely. I do not get depressed I get annoyed, and it lasts all of about 5 minutes since I leave for work at 5:30 AM, and driving in snow is not my idea of fun, even with 4 wheel drive.

By the way, I see you are trying to annoy me or offend me, but you have failed. I find this stuff rather funny, and not annoying at all. There is one thing I find pathetic, however. The fact that you send this, but then do so anonymously. Are you really that big of a coward? Say what you have to say to make your lame life have some meaning, but don't do it anonymously. That is just cowardly and pathetic. On the internet, as well as in real life, I say what is on my mind without the whole 'P.C.' thing. I never ever ever hide behind some blanket like a coward, such as yourself. I say what I feel in person or on a site like this. I never say something and hide. How pathetic. Grow up and say what you have to say, but don't hide. You would have a much better shot at offending me when not done so anonymously. Honestly, I am too confident a person to really care about anyone trying to offend me. Many have tried, but all have failed.

Maybe I am wrong, though. Maybe you were not trying to offend me. Maybe this was just sarcasm at it's best. If this is the case then why do so anonymously? I enjoy sarcasm, and am pretty damn good at dishing out my fair share of sarcasm, too.

jimmyjames43 2011-09-21 10:40:59 -0500 Report

I think laughter,like they say is the best medicine,trying to avoid stress does help blood sugars

Chad1978 2011-09-21 13:33:14 -0500 Report

That must be why I have pretty good levels consistently. Even on my 'bad' days…AKA pizza days. LOL. I am pretty much a stress free person and I aim to keep it that way.