By Shannon Wand – Staff Writer
Did you know that if you look up the word fun in
a thesaurus that one of the nouns offered is “buffoonery?” Even
the word itself is fun to say. Say it aloud right
now! Come on, it’s your first step in having
a buffoon-a-luscious day. Say it! Buffoonery
I’ll get to the point; my news year’s
resolution this year is to have more buffoonery.
That is all I ask of myself. Last year it was to
not argue with my brother. That hasn’t worked
out but I have great hopes for this year.
If I have fun, then life is more enjoyable. That means a pleasant experience
for those around me, too. Well, minus my brother of course, but everyone else
is bound to have a great time. When standing in one of those enormous line-ups
listening to some lady demand that her ten cents off coupon for no-name brand
soup be honored even though it expired when penny loafers-with the penny in them-were
still in style - I will be having fun. Yup, I’ll be the one humming to
myself with a smile on my face.
When I have to push eighteen buttons only to be given thirty-two more options
from the fantastic automated Visa representative only to be put on hold and forced
to listen to “muzak” for an estimated 12 minutes before someone answers
the phone and transfers me to the wrong department I will still be having fun.
Not as much fun as when I am, say, sipping Pina Coladas by the pool, but fun
I’m going to realize that whether I enjoy my time or not I still have to
spend that time. I may as well make sure that my time is spent wisely. What’s
the point in getting my panties in a bunch when I can’t change the situation?
I have no control over how slow the cashier is but I do have control over how
I handle it. I can have fun. I can read magazines for free. I can check out what
the fella ahead of me is buying and try to analyze his life. I can file my nails
or be like Cindy Crawford and do “butt squeezes” while I wait. Now
I am having fun and getting fit!
Before I call anywhere that I know I will have to be on hold I will make sure
that I have something to do while I wait. I will color and not care if I stay
within the lines or I will walk around with my portable phone and water my plants.
See how productive not getting cranky can be!
That’s my plan. I will have more fun this coming year than I ever have
had before. I will have so much fun that I will even stop arguing with my brother
about whether or not “buffoonery” is a word. That’s an easy
one, though, as I already won that one. Get out there and buffoon up the world.