Regardless of the political climate, there’s still humor

It seems in this day and age about everyone agrees that our country and democracy are not better off than 50 years ago. They cite in particular the year 1968 as the beginning of a deep decline because of assassinations of Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., riots in American cities, violence at the Democratic National Convention and the list goes on and on.
Personally, I really can’t figure out how to point to one year or century as the start of good or bad in our country.
I judge my opinion on a book titled, “20th Century Year by Year” that tells about the good or bad of people and events that shaped the last 100 years.
Rather than dwell on the negatives, I would like to point out what I feel is the humor in many situations of this current 21st century. It is quite evident change still continues and hopefully it will for years and if lucky, for centuries to come.
The casual look is gaining a foothold. Both men and women are actually paying a premium for faded jeans that have tears in the knees and elsewhere. Few men wear ties any more. “Jeans day” at the office has now been replaced with “every day.”
Car drag races where competitors roared down the race strip in muscle cars, are adding a new feature. It’s called “Thunder Road” and refers to having competitors showcase their cars that have speakers that blare windshield-cracking sounds. In an effort to have the highest SPL (Sound Pressure Level), one competitor installed 32 speakers and a giant 10,000 watt amplifier in his auto. Another contestant taped his windshield because he broke an earlier one with his system’s SPL.
For current yoga lovers there’s a new workout on the horizon. An exhibition in Minneapolis demonstrated yoga lovers going through a $25 workout in conjunction with a goat. They claim the friendly goats loosen up the yogis as they go through various yoga exercises. Is goat yoga popular? It must be because the class is booked up through July.
And here’s my favorite observation. Some employees are challenging their employers to offer paid “Pawternity Leave.” Several companies have been faced with the request to allow employees to have time off when their pregnant pet dog, etc. has a litter. I can’t help wondering if the bigger the litter, will the employee get more time off?
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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