Things that have made me laugh as of late


A few nights ago, I dreamed that I had a bangin’ strapless red dress, and I was so excited to wear it.  I pulled it on, looked in the mirror, and… was reminded that I had recently been tattooed.  Emblazoned across my chest were the words, “Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly.”


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One of my favorite parts of my job is when I am called upon to check people’s emails for “references to porn.”  The emails are never actually pornographic, but certain words can flag them as such in our system.  All we have to do is start thinking like a 15-year old boy, and usually, the problematic words and phrases jump off the screen.

Like a dirty treasure hunt!

So on Friday, a bike shop created an email, and then asked me why their email was being flagged.

The very most awesomely awkward conversation is to break the what-should-be-obvious news to someone that their email contains the following words:

The kicker?  When making mention of cystic fibrosis, the writer said that the disease is “ravishing children and young adults”

I do believe they meant “ravaging.”

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Me: “Take the word folks.  Do you pronounce it FOLKS or FOKES?”
Her: “I say FOLKS.  It has an L in it, after all.”
Me: “But that makes no sense.  There are other words with Ls that no one pronounces.  Like on a bike – no one says SPOLKS.”
Her: “That’s because the word is spokes.”

And my inflated vocabul-ego was flattened like a pancake.



  1. Peg on August 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    good laughs AP – television and film editing, while not exactly pornographic is filled with with violence and reference to imprisonment: master, slave, cut, splice, chained, etc –

  2. Carmen Goetschius on August 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    So, I was inspired by your ravage/ravish encounter and incorporated these words into my latest blog posting. I kind of like the idea of ravaging AND ravishing life. :-)

    Glad to know, you are saving people from sexual innuendo one website/communique at a time!!!!!! So awesome.

  3. Amanda on August 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    The word “folks” has been bugging THE CRAP outta me lately. E has a new Ameilia Bedelia book (did you ever read those as a kid?) and it uses the word 3 times. Each time I try to enunciate, I feel like a moron. Each time I drop the L, I feel like I’m teaching her to curse with an accent. I cannot win.

    Apparently neither can you. Yet another reason this friendship works.

  4. Emily from Seattle on August 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    I didn’t think anyone pronounced the L in folks….

  5. Duane on September 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    “if you’ve got pride, and you’re proud you do, well, we could use a few more like you.”

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