THE LAST LAUGH


A while ago I wrote an article on a fitness phenomenon called Laughter Yoga that you can read at http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23493/laughter_yoga .  Naturally, when it came out I told everyone about it. This means that I had to tell it to my Saturday Morning Interval Training  class in the weight room  at West Point Grey Community Centre in Vancouver.

My participants  coerced me into incorporating it into my class. “If you say laughter is so great for our fitness, you have to put it in our class.

Ever since, I have been treating the class to The Last Laugh. After stretches at the class we reach overhead and I would tell a brief zinger from current events. Then we would all relax and exhale with a belly laugh.

The problem is that I have never had a funny bone in my body, so coming up with a one liner is becoming increasingly difficult. Perhaps that’s an artifact of aging. After all, I am turning 65 next week.

I rely mostly on current events. Rob Ford, the runaway mayor Of Toronto has given me weeks and weeks of mirth  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-soaked-in-ice-water-for-als-ice-bucket-challenge-1.2738734, If he doesn’t get elected in the next election there, I may need to retire.

Senator Mike Duffy is another laugh generator. http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/17/mike-duffy-to-be-charged-by-rcmp-suspended-senators-lawyer-says/

Then I need to start making stuff up.

For example, a few weeks ago we had the Vancouver International Folk Festival. Joan Baez was to be one of the headliners. Unfortunately she had to cancel out. The sie

The site  the festival was less than 500 meters away from my class, so I told my class that they had hired Rob Ford and Mike Duffy to sing a duet: The Band’s 1969 song , “The  Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnyeqyCiLdo.

I was really hard pressed after that  – except that I bought some masking tape at the dollar store that I use to prepare my class. I hang signs on each station. The signs were fluttering all over the place. There wasn’t enough stickum. I told my class there are three things you should never by at the dollar store:

  1. Masking Tape – There’s not enough stickum
  2. Batteries – They run out too quickly
  3. Condoms – Those short people call me “Gramps.”

This morning I told them that everyone will need to take the class more seriously next week. I will no longer be a wet-behind-the- ears neophytic whippersnapper. As I turn 65 on Tuesday, I’ll be an honest-to-god geezer who needs to learn to geeze.

Next week, my motto will be, “Fitness is the easy part, it’s comedy that’s hard.”

  Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.

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3 Responses to “THE LAST LAUGH”

  1. energywriter Says:

    Your last sentence sums up the issue. Since you are now a geezer you can tell geezer jokes. Remember Elephant jokes and jokes your grandfather told?

  2. energywriter Says:

    left a comment at the Spin Doctor site. sd

  3. mikebroderick Says:

    I taught a step class this morning then came home and mowed the lawn. When does the geezing begin?

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