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Friday, March 16, 2007



Sometimes what you need most in life is an evening out and a few good laughs. According to the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association a hardy guffaw or two actually speeds recovery of both physical ailments and mild to moderate depression. Even if you aren't sick or suffering from a case of the blues these two things can brighten your day, for a short while anyway.

Thanks to our daughter and son-in-law, my husband and I recently took the night off from the usual daily grind of our jobs, household chores and filled it with just the right amount of frivolity.
The younger couple had received the closest thing to "free" passes to our local "Improv". It was during the week, but it sounded just like the break we both had been needing.

Especially my husband. He had been spending every one of his scheduled days off moving his mother (remember the man I nominated for sainthood?) for the last two months. If any person deserved a night of fun and laughter, it was him.

We started out the evening at a not-so-hot (well, it was pretty good at one time)restaurant for a dinner of shared appetizers. It was a lovely evening and the patio was a nice change of pace. Unfortunately, the food wasn't so hot (in more ways than one). We won't go back. On the other hand we were all in a happy mood and we kept making a lot of our own jokes about it, so we had a great time and considering it "the warm-up" act.

After dinner, we had a while before we could sit down for our hour of comedy, so we walked. We found a Brookstone's and went in to go browse. My husband and I immediately found the row of massage chairs and gave them a try. We oohed and ahhed while our kids laughed at the odd faces of nirvana we evidently were making. Then I decided to try the new bucking bronco exercise machine. I don't know which one of the four of us laughed the loudest or hardest. Actually thinking back-I think it was the saleswoman.

Then it was on to the Improv. My handsome spouse was looking more relaxed than he had in months. None of us drink (remember my only foray in 10 years was fodder for a column a few weeks ago?) so we were high on just being free for an evening.

The show started. The emcee was fair, the opening acts had some moments that gave us a few chuckles and then (probably why he was the star) the main attraction came on and had us almost crying from laughing so hard. He had a new CD/DVD out and signed them in the lobby after the show. Our daughter bought one.

When we got home we found our son and grandson waiting for us. Since the first moment, our son's nephew has adored his only uncle. He hears his voice and bobs his head until he sees him. He gets quite excited when he and Uncle Adam spend some time together. Grandpa went to pick up his 7 week old dividend. Right on cue he puked all over him! Then bobbed his head until he caught sight of our son and gave his first official giggle! He had a look that said "How was that? Was it the way we rehearsed it????"

Evidently, even people who have just entered the world need a good laugh once in a while too.

Will you tell us the name of the fantastic, up and coming improv comic? Or do we have to guess?
orny adams, hope that helps!
Nothing like a good laugh! Having grandkids around gives me lots of opportunity. I'm glad you had a lovely evening out. Poor hubby, he has been through a lot, hasn't he?
too much Matty. Hope we have a nice time on behalf of Amgen weds. even though it's business,he limo ride, the dinner and being out of town for the day will be a great time. Plus, we're so looking forward to Kuaui next month.
Sounds like a great time. We especially loved going out with our married kids when they were young and fun. Now, they have lots of mid-life trials going on with their own teenagers. I adore comedy acts and love to laugh. My "Honey" once asked me where I wanted to go for entertainment. (He had been spending our free time and money on horse shows) Since he had a ton of frequent flyer miles, I asked to go to Lake Tahoe to see Joan Rivers. We flew from Ohio to California on a Friday and back on a Monday. I was really sick with a pneumonia like virus --- had to see the doctor at the hotel in Tahoe, go to the hospital in Reno for I.V.'s, so I could fly home. Joan Rivers stunk, but the warm up act (Neil Sedaka) was great. Worst part of the whole thing --- I got asthma from the virus and I was sixty. However, I still love really good comedy.
oh Kacey, so sorry it was an evening not to remember! I do love to have fun. I guess the only thing you can do is try laughing at all you went through and hope your next foray into some light entertainment goes a whole lot better.
First, thanks for visiting my blog.

I got a little chuckle out of the fact that you speak glowingly of your husband here, yet the ad at the top of your blog advertises "Murdered Husband Stories." A rather humorous juxtaposition.

We try to get to the local comedy club about once a year, though it's been over a year since we've gone last. Some of the comedians we've seen there were Tim Allen (prior to Home Improvement), Elaine Boosler, Emo Phillips and The Amazing Jonathan (my favorite).

I used to love going to comedy clubs. Haven't been to one in quite some time, and there's several within minutes of my I have no clue what that's about! I have a funny anecdote about the time I went to see Andrew "Dice" Clay...I'll have to post about it in the future (it was many, many moons ago when he was just becoming well-known and had his whole repetoire of nursery rhymes with a "twist"). I used to get my fill of comedy when I went to see my uncle, who used to open for Frank Sinatra. He was pretty famous back in the day!
Big Dave, thanks for visiting mine as well! I had actually been looking for your address for a while. We used to go to the Improv when we were younger as well. Saw Ray Romano b/f he became famous and Bobby slayton.
Hope we get to visit each other more often!
It is amazing how we did so much more in our early years-hope to read about your famous uncle one day soon.
Nice!! i am glad that you had fun that night!
every once in a while we all need to do this...go out and have fun with the ones we love...good post and fun read Carine..thanks for sharing!
Summer, I'm so glad to see you, I've been visiting over at your blog, I do hope for your safety and that some calm comes to your beautiful country soon.
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