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Can you laugh at yourself, and enjoy doing it?
It wasn't until I was in my 20s I think that I could laugh at myself and enjoy it. Before then, I could only do it with negative sarcasm directed more at others than myself.
Simelycreek's diary yesterday on nicknames caused me to recall a college nickname I had and how I earned it.
At college, UCB's Daily Cal took several shots at me on the front page of their 1983 April 1st (April Fool's Day) edition. They bestowed on me the moniker, Goy Gerbil. The way I found out about it was almost as funny as the parody itself. I had been up all night studying a non-academic subject when a friend burst into my room at about 7 in the morning. He was Maltese and wearing an over-size wrestler's belt (don't even ask). Obviously oblivious to the non-academic subject next to me who was starting to wake up, he began to jump up and down on my futon waving a newspaper and wildly shouting in anger. The poor non-academic subject cowered under the covers and tried to find a corner to hide in as I mumbled out, "Danny, get out. Go back to fucking bed. Whatever the hell it is tell me later."
Sunday apotheosis scheduledI shouldn't have laughed. That made Danny real mad. I was supposed to see this was the end of the world, but I just didn't see it. He gave me a short, mostly incomprehensible lecture, and then stormed out of my room as suddenly as he entered it.
Student leader to be deified
Goy Gerbil, leader of the UC Berkeley group Students Not Obliged to Tuition [SNOTT], will be deified on Sproul Plaza sunday, religious sources said yesterday.
Gerbil, habitually garbed in black to religiously signify his selflessness, was named to the top position of the Mushroom People by a council of spiritual leaders from Borington Hall, a campus commune noted for its abundant culture.
I, awake now and with joy in my heart, returned to studying the non-academic subject. The rest of the day was not nearly so good. I was subject to an almost never-ending series of lectures by by friends and allies on why I was supposed to be mortified. I just didn't get how a parody could destroy a movement, especially one such as this that was centered around preventing future fee-hikes and directly affecting all students.
Nowadays I don't need to parodied on the front page to laugh at myself. Just studying a non-academic subject is enough to make me laugh at myself. You've only got one life, and laughing at, and with, that one life is one of the best joys (and way to prolong life) there are, IMHO.
Can you laugh at yourself? Are your foibles a constant source of humor for you?
Thank you, sidnora, for the great photo diary recap. So many terrific photos of our NYC Kossacks and all their food pr0n. It looks like everyone had a really good time. There's still time to rec her diary.
Here's only two photos of the many that belinda ridgewood, joanbrooker and Denise Oliver Velez provided:
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Saturday, March 22nd
Motor City Kossacks Welcome Dave in Northridge to Town
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: the Golden Fleece
525 Monroe (Greektown) • Downtown Detroit
ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: We Have Our Venue: Motor City Kossacks, Sat 3/22, 6PM, Golden Fleece (Greektown, Detroit)
1. peregrine kate
2. Dave in Northridge
5. Mr. ICanDoThis
Monday, March 24th
NYC Kossacks Welcome Chaucounne!
TIME: 6:00 PM
137 East 47th Street (Lex-3rd) • NYC
ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to RSVP
Latest diary: NEW EVENT: NYC Meetup 3/24– Dinner with Chacounne!
Saturday, March 29th
Houston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
4738 Beechnut Street • Houston
ORGANIZER: Send Chrislove a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Houston Area Kossacks: Meet-Up Scheduled for Saturday, March 29 (plus a note on future meet-ups)
3. Libby Shaw
5. Bree Davis
7. Mary (Honorary Kossack)
8. Alan (Honorary Kossack)
Mr. Libby Shaw
Saturday, April 5th
Baja Arizona Kossacks 4th Annual Picnic
TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Home of Mr. & Mrs. sneakers563
Address by Kosmail to RSVPers • Tucson
ORGANIZER: Send Azazello a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Baja Arizona Kossacks Open Thread
Saturday, April 5th
Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle
ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks April Meeting
3. John Crapper
4. John Crapper's S.O.
6. bleeding blue
Saturday, May 3rd
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
7. GulfGal 98
8. Otteray Scribe
10. people power granny
Tuesday, May 13th
SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie
TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
LOCATION: Yank Sing
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
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