Another installment from my dad’s humor cards.
The backstory: My dad was a Presbyterian pastor for 40 years. He kept a well curated stack of humor cards – little stories or observations that he typed onto 5×7 cards. Then he wrote in the margins when he used that particular item. His humor was often an easy way to settle in to something deeper – by laughing and thinking about the buried truth in these little nuggets, it paved the way to an open heart.
When we cleaned out his desk after he died 7 years ago, I was lucky enough to stumble on this stack. I pull it out regularly to have a little laugh with my dear Dad. Now when I post one of them, I write my note next to his and it feels like a continuation.
You might be from the Northwest if you…
Feel guilty throwing aluminum cans in the trash.
Use the expression “sun break” and know what it means.
Know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “walk” signal.
Consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it’s not a real mountain.
In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark – while only working 8-hours days.
Obey all traffic laws except “Keep right except to pass.”
Never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
Are not fazed by “Today’s forecast: showers followed by rain” and “Tomorrow’s forecast: rain followed by showers.”
Have not concept of humidity without precipitation.
Know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
Can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you can’t see through the cloud cover.