Laughter in the dawn

I woke up laughing this morning.

That doesn’t happen often enough for my liking. Every other time has been a bittersweet experience: hilarity, followed quickly by puzzlement (with a dash of embarrassment when not sleeping solo) made worse by having nobody to whom to turn to explain the joke (i.e., not even me).

This morning was a first: The reason I was laughing was that I’d told myself a joke in my sleep. And I remembered the joke. And a not-quite first was that, for a change, I decided to leap out of bed and put (virtual) pen to paper so as to pre-empt the ‘I Had A Great Dream But I Forget What It Was’ syndrome.

The joke went like this:

   A lapsed former skydiving addict
   arrives in The Afterlife.

   Under a sign reading
   'New Arrivals' stands a
   spirit with the nametag
   'Future Advisor'.

   NEW ARRIVAL
   'Hi... ?'

   FUTURE ADVISOR
   'I have some good news...
   and I have some bad news."

   NEW ARRIVAL
   'Let's hear it!'

   FUTURE ADVISOR
   'Next time, the landing
   won't be quite as soft.'

/me trundles off wondering whether:

  1. anyone will be brave enough to own up to not getting it
  2. pre-empting (1) with an explanation now would be a) kinder or b) an exercise in futility
  3. this is actually a new joke, or some variant of one I’ve heard before
  4. this is evidence that my mind is finally becoming unhinged because such a feeble jape clearly did not warrant the accompanying gigglefest

Morals:

  1. don’t let my subconscious make up jokes (please!)
  2. maybe it is better to roll over and go back to sleep after all
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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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