Anonymous, you seem a decent sort. Use your name--or some name--or you might be confused with one of the local diseases. Sally is an autoharp player with whom I regularly make music. She is currently in intensive care being treated for something which--while the virus hasn't been isolated--is acting very much like West Nile encephalitis, which has been found to be endemic among certain species of birds. I started this thread to get some autoharp jokes for Sally, and I created that awful pun when I was emailing the members of the group--who have been pulling for Sally for the past couple of weeks. One of our players is the most unregenerate punster this side of Art Thieme (a Mudcat member).
It is the nature of the human animal--at least of many of us--that we often deal with the stress of desperate situations with humor, hence the phrase "comic relief."