The Best Medicine

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 212016

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that’s true, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to live forever.

I learned a long time ago that a sense of humor will get you through just about anything, and one of the best things you can possess is the ability to laugh at yourself. I figure why not, the rest of the world is laughing at me anyway, so I might as well join the party.

And you never know when an opportunity is going to arise to have a good belly laugh. Here’s an example. A while back we were having lunch at a Greek restaurant in Clermont, Florida with our good friends Stu and Donna McNicol. The waiter was taking our order, and after he had Donna’s and Miss Terry’s he turned to me and asked, “And for you, ma’am?” He realized his mistake and apologized and I said, “It’s okay, I have man boobs.” The poor guy started laughing and the rest of us joined right in.

Waiter 2

It took him a while, but he finally managed to compose himself, but I wasn’t letting him off the hook that easy. I asked him, “Do you want to touch them?” And it went downhill from there. WAY downhill! By the time it was done, even people at the nearby tables were laughing.

Waiter 1

Yep, I plan to keep laughing and having fun every day of my life. How about you?

Not so funny is a scam going around the country that at least three people I know of have been targeted with. Somebody calls you and says they are from the IRS and that you owe a whole bunch of money, and they want your credit card or banking information right then. They tell you if you don’t pay up immediately the police are going to pick you up and take you to jail and throw the key away. Fortunately, none of the people I know who have received any of these calls have fallen for them. The IRS will NEVER call you demanding payment for a tax debt. If you get one of these calls, don’t talk to them, just hang up the telephone.

I’ve been working hard on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and by the time I knocked off last night I was a little over halfway done. But we’re going to take a day off and make a trip up to the Greek fishing town of Tarpon Springs with our friends Charles and Chris Yust. I see baklava in my future!

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Sentinel In Elysium, the first book in my pal George Wier’s Elysium Chronicles series. It’s a small town mystery I know you’re going to like. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Sentinel in Elysium

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  2 Responses to “The Best Medicine”

  1. Make that four people you know who received the scam call from the IRS. Ours came last night and after listening for a while to hear the pitch, we hung up.

  2. I got a voice mail on my cell phone. They called three times in 5 hours until I blocked the number. If it weren’t tax season, I might have played along with them and had some fun at their expense. I love it when I make a scam artist or telemarketer hang up on me.

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