Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ending with a laugh

A lot of really crap things happened in 2011, both in our lives and in the lives of friends. So I'm hoping for a better 2012. Never have I looked forward to a new calendar year so much!

However, that's not to say that there haven't been fun times and funny times. I spent probably an hour laughing my ass off with my friend's teenage boys over this book this afternoon. And we may or may not have used one of the stickers to temporarily vandalize a sign at the mall.

I will wrap this up with a memory inspired by Granny Annie, who asked in a post awhile back about our favorite holiday memory.

I don't think I've ever written about my late godfather Irwin. He was one of the strangest and most loveable people I've ever met. One of the qualities I prized was his sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself. He closely resembled Boris from the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. No joke!


One year we all headed to San Antonio for Thanksgiving, and during dinner he gave this impassioned speech about the valor of the soldiers at the Alamo. His crescendo (picture this in a thick Bronx accent): "And that was the cry...Remember the Alimony!" He said this by mistake, of course, and all of us just stared. Then we all roared. It was a family joke for years.

I hope 2012 is a great year for all of you, and that you laugh long and frequently, like no one's watching.

17 comments:

Lynn said...

I think I would have liked Irwin. :) His goddaughter is certainly fun. That's a great story. Happy New Year, RK!

Holland said...

Sounds like my kind of uncle... Happy New Year RK and Mr. RK. Have a wonderful 2012.

LL Cool Joe said...

Nice memory!

Happy New Year to you! Let's hope this is a good year for all of us!

BragonDorn said...

Thanks and Happy New Year :)

Claire said...

Irwin sounds awesome. Happy New Year, lovely.

Granny Annie said...

I shall never hear the cry again without thinking of your godfather and mentally hearing "alimony". Love it!

Shionge said...

Yes...we need lots and lots of laughter and here's wishing you A Blessed New Year RK :D

Riot Kitty said...

L: Thanks! He was a character, indeed.
H: Happy New Year to you, too.
Joey: It made me laugh thinking about it. And ditto!
BD: Thanks!
C: He was. Happy New Year to you!
GA: We laughed so hard about it that our cheeks hurt afterwards. THAT is a good laugh!
S: Thanks!

John McElveen said...

GREAT POST!!!!! Go Cocks!

Can't wait to see what you come up with this year--I too am eager for a new start!

J

Scarlet said...

I see where you get your funky sense of humor from. Love that that line...and now I won't forget it as well!

Happy 2012, chica!

Riot Kitty said...

John: HAHA! Thanks ;)
S: Happy 2012!

Dr. Cynicism said...

I wish the same for you too! Happy New Year!

Mike_D said...

2012 will be better!! I think we say that every year, but one time, it will be!!!!

A Beer for the Shower said...

Laughter is the currency of the gods. Or was that bacon? I can never remember. Cheers!

Riot Kitty said...

Dr. C: Thanks!
Mike: It has to be, I think, this year ;)
ABFTS: I think that depends on whether or not you're a vegetarian. Happy New Year!

Darth Weasel said...

those are the kind of lines that live on forever and become treasured memories. Here is hoping you have many treasured memories created in 2012

Riot Kitty said...

Darth: I still laugh thinking about it :)