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The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!

GUEST,Marty D. 15 Feb 01 - 05:37 PM
Bert 15 Feb 01 - 05:49 PM
CarolC 15 Feb 01 - 05:50 PM
Rick Fielding 15 Feb 01 - 05:54 PM
Sorcha 15 Feb 01 - 06:00 PM
RichM 15 Feb 01 - 06:02 PM
Katcina 15 Feb 01 - 06:11 PM
Sorcha 15 Feb 01 - 06:13 PM
Mr Red 15 Feb 01 - 06:18 PM
GUEST,bflat 15 Feb 01 - 06:20 PM
catspaw49 15 Feb 01 - 06:21 PM
mousethief 15 Feb 01 - 06:25 PM
Justa Picker 15 Feb 01 - 06:29 PM
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hesperis 15 Feb 01 - 06:46 PM
Hawker 15 Feb 01 - 06:57 PM
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Amergin 15 Feb 01 - 08:05 PM
Joe Offer 15 Feb 01 - 08:43 PM
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Rick Fielding 15 Feb 01 - 09:38 PM
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Amos 15 Feb 01 - 09:51 PM
Little Hawk 15 Feb 01 - 09:51 PM
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Tinker 15 Feb 01 - 11:06 PM
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Subject: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,Marty D.
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 05:37 PM

The missus and I were discussing how we've managed to happily tolerate each other for these many years, and what the 'secret ingedient' might be. After much throwing around things like 'similar interests, sense of humor, respecting each other's space, being in love' etc. we've come down down to this: We can both LAUGH AT OURSELVES.

Sometimes it's funny to see how some of our Mudcat friends avoid unpleasant situations with a little self-deprecation, and others get sooo testy sooo quickly.

I thought it might be interesting to find out who really thinks they can laugh at themselves without losing face. You know, maybe you're being a bit pedantic and someone calls you on it, or you like one kind of music and someone else absolutely HATES it! Or you're a Democrat, and a Republican says you're full of hot air. Or You're a 'believer' and an agnostic tries to get your goat. That kind of thing. Even when someone starts a thread you think is stupid (like this?). Anyway, can you laugh before you get mad?

Marty


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Bert
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 05:49 PM

I would, if I could remember what I was laughing about!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: CarolC
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 05:50 PM

Boy, this one's tricky, isn't it? How do we answer without looking like we're full of ourselves? Hmmm....


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 05:54 PM

I laugh at Bert constantly!

Rick


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:00 PM

I guess we could each list the Others that we think can laff at themselves.......but that might almost be Reverse Flaming, wouldn't it? If somebody got left off the LaffList that thought they should be on it!! LOL!!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: RichM
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:02 PM

Not me, I like being pompous!

But I had the world's biggest collection of pompoms, would that make me pompompous?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Katcina
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:11 PM

Marty,

I don't find this to be a stupid thread. It is just along the lines I was hoping when I opened it. Being able to laugh at yourself is very important, atleast in my life it is.

To be honest, I am usually laughing so hard at myself that I am unable to get mad. Even when the rare occasion arrises that I get a little miffed over something I am still laughing and lose the reason why I was out of sorts in a very short time.

Thanks for helping us to look at ourselves in a way that we usually don't even think about. Laughter is the best thing I know for almost any situation short of a funeral and I've been to many of those where laughter was a great ingredient and a blessed relief.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:13 PM

(I like to think I can laff at myself......I sure hope so anyway. I have done any number of really stoopid, funny things) My Mr. is pretty self important, tho, doesn't like doughnut jokes at all...........


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Mr Red
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:18 PM

hey who hasn't got blind spots? I laugh at myself when others are listening. Otherwise it's called experience and we ain't gonna do that again are we?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,bflat
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:20 PM

I don't think I'm very funny but I have a hard time not laughing especially when I tell a joke. Now, there are a lot of you who make me laugh, and I love to laugh. Actually after the selfdeprecation and embarassment, I usually laugh at my stupidity. What else can you do?

Ellen


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:21 PM

Marty, this damn thread is completely screwed! What the hell is the matter with you anyway? This is a folk and blues site and yet you persist in posting tripe such as this!!! Get a life!! There are really important issues and research being discussed here you know? Or maybe you don't care what the third word in the second line of the 92nd verse of "Diddle My Fiddle" is, but a lot of us do and this crap of yours is taking up valuable bandwidth.

What's the point of it anyway? Just how is this supposed to have anything to do with folk music? You're another one of those inner-clique wannabes and that whole crew is the ruination of this fine site. If you have a question of merit, ask it. Otherwise I suggest you take this kind of posting somewhere else so that we can focus on the true meaning of Carrickfergus.

catspaw49


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: mousethief
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:25 PM

"The ability to laugh at yourself" being one measure of the virtue of Humility.

Spaw laughs at himself when he passes a refinery.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Justa Picker
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:29 PM

If you don't have the ability to laugh at yourself at least have the ability to swing. :-)


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Morticia
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:31 PM

Spaw can pass a refinery? That's got to bring tears to his eyes!Serves him right for eating one I suppose.
Now I, to get back to our muttons, have no sense of humour whatsoever as a quick check of my postings would tell you...and am famed near and far as a person of sober and respectable demeanour who applies with a light, but steady hand, the gentle applique of reason into all the froth and trivia that go on here.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: hesperis
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:46 PM

Who, ME?

Actually, I got mad at someone on another forum once, because I thought that he wasn't respecting a serious idea that I had posted. I was worried that he would take that same attitude elsewhere if he wasn't given a response like "Ouch! You stepped on my foot! Get off!"

He responded very well, and even though the mods asked me to calm down, I was already calm about it. And now, I understand the other person a lot more than if I hadn't said "Ouch!" and had just gone away feeling put down.

So sometimes laughing at yourself isn't the best thing you can do.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Hawker
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 06:57 PM

Yes!

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! or should that be LOL?

But how do you cope when others laugh at you!!!!!!!

seriously though, I think it's important to be able to laught at things, and it's a whole lot more enjoyable than crying! Lucy


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 07:31 PM

I learned how to laugh at myself out of self defense. My father was one who would sense a serious lack of humor about one's self, and be all over it. He was persistant to the point of making me so mad I'd be near tears. My mother taught me (I must have been about 6 years old) how to deal with this - be able to laugh with him, give him a hard (but humorous) time right back, or ignore it. I normally opted for the first or second thing - the third didn't often work. (He just kept going anyway, and I couldn't keep my mouth shut that long.)

Marty, I don't know if it's being able to laugh at one's self as much as what's behind it - humility. People who take themselves very seriously are hard to get along with - you never know when you might accidentally insult them.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 07:50 PM

I laugh at myself enough that my wife gets mad at me for it. She wants the world to think I'm the most wonderful, the most dignified man around. But I'm not that good an actor.

Hawker said"

But how do you cope when others laugh at you!!!!!!!

They wouldn't DARE!!!!!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 07:52 PM

...still, it leaves you kind of empty when you're the only one laughing. "Laugh and the world laughs with you..." unless they don't give a damn.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Cobble
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 08:01 PM

Laughing at yourself, what a way to get rid of tension, I set my self up to be laughed at, as well as teasing others. I work in an office with a crowd that are about half my age, and boy do I like to tease them, but I get as good as I give. It makes for a friendlier work place. Quote from the last line of a pay review letter I received. Thanks for all your hard work - and for keeping the troops entertained. Just shows even the bosses notice an happy environment.

Cobble.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Amergin
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 08:05 PM

Why should I laugh at myself when there are plenty of others to do that for me?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 08:43 PM

Yes, it's a good thing I can laugh at myself.
Nobody else understands my jokes.
-Joe O, pseudonymously-


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 08:49 PM

We understand them Joe...........Its just that they're not funny.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 09:38 PM

Jeez Paw, give the guy a break! I happen to know he's a Doc Watson fan, and probably doesn't even KNOW the hidden meanings in Carrickfergus. But that's the problem isn't it? YOU'VE just never been able to laugh at yourself! Personally, I go into hysterics at the mention of your name.

However.....it's a good point. After all, I've used the term "nurd knowledge" for virtually everything I've ever learned about folk-music, or life, for as long as I can remember. I DO get mad at times but only if I think some other person has been knowingly vicious...but NEVER if I think there was a possiblity they might have been joking (and I just didn't get it) or they just don't have social skills. I think some folks can only operate when they're in defensive mode. I mean there are whole industries that have sprung up with people just LOOKING to be offended.

Take music for example: I absolutely LOVE Dylan, the Beatles, early Elvis, Freddie Mercury, and many current bands. Some of my "trad" friends, have absolutely NO use (and naturally no real knowledge) of those musicians, so I could take it personally if someone I care about completely denigrates them. Or I could rant on about my devoting literally every waking hour to loving or playing or learning about folk music and folk musicians...but what would be the point? To me, arguments should ONLY be about life and death issues......AND THE BLUE JAYS! Our time here is just too damn short.

Rick


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 09:49 PM

Well, I was afraid of that, Spaw.

No matter, though - at least I can entertain myself very well.

-Joe Offer, and that's NOT funny!-


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Amos
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 09:51 PM

Somewhere deep in my secret self lurks the persistant and perennial conviction that I am really an idiot. It is the only explanation I can come up with for any success I have had in the world.

Carrington Smythe-Carruthers
British explorer, statesman, inventor, poet, capitalist and bon-vivant
1916


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 09:51 PM

Great post, Rick. Oh, by the way, the Blue Jays stink!

Hee! Hee!

:-D

Getting back to the original subject of this thread, I have a fairly easy time laughing at myself when on Mudcat, because I guess I feel fairly safe on Mudcat most of the time.

I have a pretty hard time laughing at myself in real life, however. I am more inclined to criticize myself unmercifully. Not good.

I find that people in real life can be rather dangerous to my state of mind, but not so much on Mudcat. Not that Mudcat is not real, but it's at arm's length. And I can go offline any time I want to if it starts to get to me. It's optional. Many other connections are not.

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: wdyat12
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 10:15 PM

I feel that if I can't find the humor in the silly things I do. I shouldn't allow myself to find the humor in the silly things others do. In other words, If I can accept my shortcomings, I can accept the shortcomings of others. This philosophy makes for a much better day.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: mkebenn
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 10:17 PM

I would be pissed if someone beat me to laughing at me, seems like my right! And Hawk,bet you're more secure than you let on. Mike


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: CarolC
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 10:41 PM

"I have a pretty hard time laughing at myself in real life, however."

--Little Hawk

Little Hawk, would it help if hesperis and I laugh at you tomorrow night at the Coffe House? Maybe we can get Rick F. to join in too. I'm sure we can get flattop to laugh at you if he shows up in time.

I'm laughing pretty hard at myself tonight, because I've been quite a silly goose. But that's another story.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 10:44 PM

Why not have one of the guys give you a silly goose? That can be a lot more entertaining than linking to your PM pages. except of course to Amerigin who has known to become aroused by watching dung beetles mate.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Tinker
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 11:06 PM

The Mister and I do a pretty good job of keeping each other laughing and in check... but when I get over whelmed I confess to losing perspective on occaision. And there are some people who are sooo unfunny that I can't even find myself funny until I can walk away.

Amos, love the quote, in fact may just frame it for the Mister who just got a promotion. It makes me laugh

Tinker


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: wdyat12
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 11:09 PM

If you Folks want to have a good laugh on me just ask Sorcha, Naemanson, Nynia, and Max about some correspondence we had recently about failed communications. What a dummy I can be sometimes, but this anecdote might save other new Mudcatters from experiencing the same frustration I had.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 11:12 PM

I still haven't found the link to CarolC's personal pages......where is it? I wanna read this good stuff!! Sex, blood, gore, all that good stuff we wanna know about!! I found her link to Bearheart's page......was that supposed to be it? (gaws,I hope I never do this.....)


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: CarolC
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 11:12 PM

Interesting thought, Spaw.

Last time we went to the Newmarket Coffeehouse, flattop and I had a comptetition to see who would get hit on the most. We assigned point values to different kinds of people. I would get 5 points if the owner of the place hit on me, and 50 points if a Scotsman hit on me. Everyone else would be 1 point. flattop would get 50 points if a (female) professional skater hit on him, and one point for everyone else.

flattop got hit on by two women at the gas station. He claims they were young women, but I didn't see them. So he started off two points ahead of me. By the end of the night, I was ahead, six to two.

I got my fifty points a week ago Monday. "Johnny Death", a Scotsman who goes to the Orillia song circle hit on me in the Tim Horton's where we gathered after song circle was over. That was after I asked him what he thought of the anus as a w/hole. flattop said I shouldn't be gentle with Johnny. I didn't realize at the time that flattop was trying to set me up with him.

Carol


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Feb 01 - 11:14 PM

Aw Sorch, one of them damn Joe Clones fixed her up and now there is no joy in Mudville.............Say, how about a goose Sorch?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 04:44 AM

I find it impossible to laugh at myself. After all, how can one laugh at perfection...;-)

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 04:50 AM

Trust me, DtG, I'm laughing, I'm laughing....!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 05:03 AM

I'm always laughing at myself, usually because I have fallen over, or tripped up somewhere, or banged into a lampost, dropped a load of things, or come out with something, which has a double meaning.,.... before I know what I am saying...

Fell over in the Louvre once, right smack bang in the middle of a rather lovely set of marble steps, in one of the grand open rooms.

WIth loads of people around me, I fell UP!! the steps.

Just sat down and laughed..

I am accident prone...

ella


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 05:09 AM

Ha! How can someone named after a shovel... Oh never mind...

BTW Fib - In "The Hobbit", a hundred dwarves from the Iron Mountains join in the battle of the five armies weilding "double handed battle mattocks". Any idea what they are?

DtG


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 05:10 AM

I laugh at myself to join the majority!
It's only when I tell jokes that they stop laughing.
RtS


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 05:22 AM

A double handed battle mattock? Have you any idea how rare those are? I've been looking for one for ages! ;-)
Nah, no idea, but I can imagine they'd be a pretty good weapon...



RtS - you have a kazoo - that's a powerful weapon of laughter!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: walkinman
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 08:44 AM

Woody Allen has made a career out of self-deprecating humor, and it's interesting that people seem so divided in their opinions regarding his humor, in other words, you either like him or you don't, not much middle ground.

Perhaps there are two camps; those that have the ability to laugh at themselves and those that don't.

Perhaps there are three camps; those that have the ability to laugh at themselves, those that don't and those that feel guilty about laughing at themselves.

Myself,.. I prefer to smerk.

wm


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Pseudolus
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 09:01 AM

Forget laughing at myself, I wanna hear the rest of the words to diddle my Fiddle!!!

LOL

Frank


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Firecat
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 10:47 AM

I definitely DON'T possess that ability. If someone gets at me I get really edgy and I don't mind admitting it! Even my boyfriend agrees with me!!!!!!

I usually defend myself by saying that it's a defence mechanism from school because I was perpetually bullied, and I now find it hard to tell if people are joking or being serious when they're teasing me!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,stringalong
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 04:12 PM

Hey, finally a short fusilier who admits it! Firecat, Mudcatters would have kept those bullies away from you. Where are the other hotheads?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 04:53 PM

"What's it to you Moby Dick?"

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Bert
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 05:40 PM

Martha Stewart came in for a little flack in another thread but she went up a few notches in my opinion when she invited the 'Martha Stewart' from Saturday Night Live as her guest.

It was a great show and if you love OR hate Martha Stewart you shouldn't miss it. Seeing the two of them side by side with the real Martha taking it with a smile was great.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Jande
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 05:56 PM

I can laugh at myself most of the time these days, though it wasn't always like that. I can relate to firecat's school experiences. :`P

What *always* gets my goat is injustice. Man, I boil over faster than a raindrop in a lavaflow! LOL! Just the other day my partner's daughter was telling us about this "cruel" teacher who forced them to use rubber bands to tie their (longish) hair into pony tails, and how it hurt. My blood began to boil. I said, "That's not right! Boy that makes me mad!" and was just about to get into a really hot rant about the school systems, when she interrupted me to say it was a "Tech Ed" class, and explain that "Tech Ed" is what we used to call "shop". A pretty dangerous place for kids with long hair!

LOL! I was laughing at myself that time!

~ Jande


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,mike putt (at work )
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 06:21 PM

I agree totally with Catspaw I think that since I discovered The Mudcat about two years ago we have lost our way slightly and tend to get caught up in shite


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: GUEST,DAW
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 06:23 PM

If there are two camps regarding Woody Allen's humour, is this what is known as camp humour?? I think the ability NOT to take yourself seriously all the time helps to relieve the stress of those times when you DO need to take yourself seriously about issues that are important to you and your immediate family and friends


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Hobie
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:22 PM

If i wasn't laughin(at myself and the world) I'd be cryin

Hobie


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: leprechaun
Date: 16 Feb 01 - 11:39 PM

Of course there's something to be said for laughing at other people.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 10:03 AM

Got up on the wrong side of the cage for the past couple of days, 'Spaw?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 11:25 AM

Hi "Guest, Mike Putt". You said:

"I agree totally with Catspaw. I think that since I discovered The Mudcat about two years ago we have lost our way slightly and tend to get caught up in shite"

Catspaw has been making a SUPERHUMAN effort to get us back on the straight and narrow. Like you, I'm gonna try like hell to follow his good example!

Hi Bert. I agree. Martha has a reputation as a bit of an ogre, but she definitely DOES have the ability to laugh at her most distinguishing characteristics...which makes her OK in my book.

Rick


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 11:32 AM

I am? Wow! I wish someone had told me earlier. Thanks Rick, I keep missing these things.................

Spaw (:<))


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 03:50 PM

"...this is Chickentown"

One way that I laugh at myself is, I make weird faces in the bathroom mirror and then crack up. Great fun first thing in the morning.

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 04:30 PM

Spaw, what's wrong with watching dung beetles mate? Use to watch them go for it just before going to my exgirlfriends bed....


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 04:33 PM

Well Gin boy, I don't know whether that explains a lot about you or your ex, but in any case, it don't sound none too healthy.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 04:38 PM

Perhaps that is why she is now your ex-girlfriend...

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: hesperis
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 10:33 PM

Well, we all had a lot of fun laughing at LH in Newmarket yesterday. He was invited to play harmonica with Rick during the set, and wasn't too bad!

I don't laugh at myself, because I couldn't tell a joke well, even to save my life!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 10:48 PM

That's ok, hesperis....everyone else laughs at you....


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 11:08 PM

For what it's worth, the voluable Mr. Hawk, who may be a thorn in the side of some, was a "rose" on stage. He has the ability to "listen" when he plays with someone else. T'is a rare quality. And that ain't no laughin' matter!

As usual I was completely wrong in how I pictured Mudcatters actually looking. Thought "the hawk" would be a Randy Bachman clone...possibly an ex-biker type. He ain't.

Pictured Hesperis as a sort of large "Earth-Mother" draped in yards of silk. Whew! I've never been more wrong!

Saw a picture of Carol C. but she's prettier.

Didn't know Flatop was six two with muttonchop sideburns, but he carries them well.

Regarding this entertaining thread: Today I'm laughing at my inability to get off my ass and do a few chores. Ha, Ha, I'm a lazy sod! Why is Heather not laughing as much?

Rick


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 11:16 PM

Probably pretty much for the same reason Karen isn't. That'd be my guess at least Rick. I did get the wash almost done today...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: hesperis
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 07:26 PM

I'm laughing at Rick because of the inaccurate way he described flattop. Ha! Ha! Ha! ROTFLAO


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 08:26 PM

Yeah, funny allright! There is no doorframe that flattop has to worry about hitting his head on when he passes through it...except maybe in Hobbiton (for you Lord of the Rings fans).

Me a Randy Bachmann clone? Ha! Ha! Ha! It would take probably four of me to equal the weight of Randy Bachmann. Rick didn't look quite like what I expected either...I thought he was going to look like Steve McKeown for some reason (half of the Ontario duo "Even Steven"), but he doesn't look too much like that.

It was indeed a great treat to play harmonica with Rick Fielding. The man is a superb folk performer with an enormous repertoire. He did what I would call a mostly "trad" set...some songs I had not heard in many years, such as "Ring Tail Tom", and some gospel numbers, all really old stuff. I originally heard "Ring Tail Tom" on a Vanguard recording of some jug band, as I recall...Jim Kweskin or something?

As for Rick's guitar playing? Deadly. The man must do nothing but practice in his spare time. Yeeesh.

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 11:38 PM

OK, I have to come clean here. (and laugh at myself, of course) Flatop is not six two with muttonchop sideburns. He/she's really a very attractive silver haired lady of indeterminate age.

Ya know, after just reading another thread where a deliciously ironic post was actually taken seriously by several people....I better stop kiddin' around altogether.

There IS no Flatop.

LH, thanks for the nice words. Oh, and ya you're right...very trad set. Sometimes when I start, I have no idea what direction it's going.

Rick


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: flattop
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 12:06 AM

I believe it was hesperis who was six two with muttonchop sideburns.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: CarolC
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 12:12 AM

(Damn... I've been outed) Ok, I fess up. I'm really flattop. You can fool most of the people most of the time, but you can't ever fool Rick Fielding...

flatt ...I mean Carol


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: hesperis
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:30 PM

No, HAWK is flatop.

BTW, flattop, I have shown a picture of myself to mudcatters, and you haven't. For all we know, you could have blue hair and be two feet tall...

(Be careful, be very careful...! It's the attack of the SMURFS! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!)


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Matt_R
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:43 PM

A mattock it like a pickax. It has an pick on one end and a flat curved section on the other end. See here for pics (no pun intended).

Yes, Thorin's cousin Dain, from the Iron Hills, brought over 500 grim drawf warriors, clothed in a short hauberk, fine mail on their legs, a steel helm on their heads. They had small bucklers slung at their backs, weilded large double handed mattocks, and had small short swords at their sides. Their beads were forked, plaited, and thrust into their belts. And their faces were grim.

But that's just from memory.

--Matt


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 10:48 PM

No, I am flattop!!!

Also...I AM NOT AN ANIMAL!!!!

And further to that, I JUST WANNA BE IN PICTURES!!!

(Clenching jaws and rolling eyes wildly...)

- LH

Along the line of laughing at yourself, I just took the digital camera and made the stupidest faces into it that I could manage and snapped 8 really godawful photos. Whether the rest of you will ever see them is a moot point, but I was ROTFLMAO!

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: wdyat12
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:04 PM

Folks,

If you can't laugh at yourself, how is anyone else gonna know that you are real? I laugh at myself because I make silly mistakes all the time. I guess it's a form of self-forgivenss and that allows me to forgive others. When something's funny I just have to laugh.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: wdyat12
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 11:07 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! I made another silly typo. Geeze! is this getting old.

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: flattop
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:27 AM

I'm so blue. When I look up at hesperis all I see is those muttonchop sideburns. Little Hawk is the killer bunny who ate Jimmy Carter. No, I didn't sleep through all of it!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:02 PM

And he just keeps "going and going and going..."

Have a peanut.

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: mousethief
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:06 PM

Well I would suppose their faces would be grim. With their beards tucked into their belts, every time they looked up, they'd pull on their own beards, which I imagine would hurt.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 02:35 PM

I crack myself up, have for years.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Kim C
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 04:15 PM

Oh, the humanity!

I try to laugh whenever I can. Wasn't it Abe Lincoln who said something about laughing to keep from crying?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 05:00 PM

There is nothing humorous in being a middle aged menopausal female. Chin hairs are not humorous. Searching for one's keys while carrying them around with you is not humorous. Calling your cats by dead cats' names is not humorous. Rising blood pressure and falling boobs are not humorous. Thinking you are being followed on a dark street only to realize that the sound is the sound of your corduroy encased thighs squishing is not humorous. Have I made my point?


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Hawker
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 05:05 PM

Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho STILL LAUGHING...... Lucy


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Dunc
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 03:09 AM

I write and sing (hopefully) humourous songs. I use the humour to hide a not too brilliant voice. When people are laughing, they aren't thinking "he's got a voice like a bullfrog". I find that people laugh the most at songs where I am making fun of myself. Maybe its because I feel more comfortable making a fool of myself rather than having a go at someone else. It is a good way of keeping your feet on the ground - looking at what you do that is daft, stupid, pathetic, etc.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: JennieG
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 05:34 AM

Many moons ago when I was young and gorgeous, a man who had designs on my person told me "you should never put yourself down - you'll find that other people are only too willing to do it for you and they will do it better then you can too!"
I suppose that's a bit like laughing at yourself in reverse?
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 09:50 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Hee! Hee!

Gasp! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! SNORT! SHRIEK!

AHHHH....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH!!!!

ROTFLMAOATTTGUANSBISLTH!!!


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 12:50 AM

Well, I consider humor a serious business. Therefore, I have a hard time laughing at myself when I'm being funny. However, when I'm being serious, I find myself absolutely hilarious. This has lead to some interesting incidents of what some might call "inappropriate laughter" on my part, and several attempts by members of my immediate family to have me restrained. Apparently, some people just can't take a joke.


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 23 Feb 01 - 11:23 AM

While there are others who can't fake a toke. It takes all kinds. I find that it is important to perserve one's dignity at all times, especially when walking into telephone poles or accusing complete strangers of solipsismic excess. Acute dignity is a must.

- LH


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: mcpiper
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 04:24 AM

I don't believe I just looked up a website featuring mattocks, not only is this a chance for me to laugh at myself, but I might go all the way and submit myself to complete mockery. I just don't believe it.
mcpiper


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Subject: RE: The ability to Laugh at YOURSELF!
From: tiggerdooley
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 05:17 AM

Hey, Dunc I try to put humour into my songs, too. But don't you find that people assume that you're not serious about 'the music' (Maaaan!) just because you happen to have included some observation on life, and tried to put a humourous slant on it? Sorry I'm not singing about being destroyed by drugs, or feeling so heartbroken that I can't breathe. I'd rather sing about the time I was so heartbroken that I got really angry and kicked someone in the head (in an amusing self-mocking way, obviously!) tiggerdooley


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