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Laugh more without Keith Olbermann

I know, I know, I promised you more laughs in 2011. And where are they? Good question!

How did I know that Keith Olbermann, my ace driving humor resource was going to quit MSNBC? Sure, many of you may think of him as a crazy smarty-pants liberal nut, but I remember good old Countdown with Keith Olbermann fondly as a rich and generous source of silly driving videos. So naturally I was thrilled to learn that he was returning to TV in June, and delighted to see that the goofy video segment of the program returned with him, although I am a tiny bit disappointed that Current TV doesn’t have MSNBC’s fancy and flexible embed code that made it possible to cut out just the best parts to share with you, which means that we’re stuck watching the whole segment on YouTube instead. On the bright side though, Keith always begins with an interesting trivia treat. Would you like to see an example? Here you go…

Lest you think I totally gave up on laughter while Keith was away, I’ll also include a few samples of alternatives that I found and left open in my tabs all summer but until now was too lazy to post. Sorry!

Here’s an amusing cartoon that most of us can relate to in one way or another, courtesy of my friend Marcia and the fine monthly humor newspaper Funny Times (always good for a laugh!)…

Another Funny Times contribution to auto hilarity comes from Dave Barry, and it’s easier to read from his blog, so let’s go there next…


Yes, I know it’s ancient, but it’s still funny, isn’t it? And more or less just as true as it was in 2004? Well then, if Funny Times can make us laugh by going back in time, Mother can too! And is grateful for the excuse to do it! Thank you Funny Times and Dave Barry! And Marcia! For helping us remember our Rider Method:

Life is short; the road is long. Lighten up!

I’m going to go close those tabs now. You all have a nice day 🙂
And thanks for stopping by.

Laugh More in 2011

Here, I’ll get you started. Who knew that Keith Olbermann, the all-purpose crazy liberal smarty pants stereotype du jour, is a funny guy with the resources to find hilarious driving videos from all over the world and the goodness to share them with us on his show? Well, now we all do, because Mother discovered them for us. You’re welcome. Would you like to see a few? The nice folks at NBC have kindly made that possible by creating an online video setup that makes it easy to select and share clips (for the low, low price of watching an ad or two and overlooking the odd labels), bless their little pointed heads. Thank you, NBC! So if you don’t mind laughing at the misfortunes of other drivers (and who does, really?), go ahead and enjoy these recent selections …
Fabulous floating car

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 Remember the Drive In?

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Road crew to the rescue

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Another demolition derby, with snow

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Better call AAA next time

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Pedestrian safety lesson

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Double oopses

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Remember, driving is an important thing not to do while texting, but not the only thing. I hate to say I told her so, but I believe I did, quite some time ago (Have I issued a commandment lately?). Enough said.

Update and post: 1/24
Well, that was fun. And now that I’ve got you all looking forward to video treats from Keith Olbermann, I’m stuck giving you the bad news that he quit on Friday. Sorry! I didn’t mean to disappoint you, and thought about just letting this post waste away in the drafts folder, but I did promise you a few laughs, didn’t I? And hey, we’re tough enough to handle a future without Keith Olbermann’s funny videos, right? Right!

So long, Keith, and thanks for all the fish.

Goofy weather: Climate Change?

Or just good old Mother Nature’s crazy sense of humor?

Good question! Mother R is all in favor of a crazy sense of humor, and appreciates Mother N’s going to all this trouble for a good laugh, but she’s beginning to suspect this may be more than just an elaborate April Fools joke.

I know my friends in the south didn’t begrudge our enjoying a relatively mild, snow-free winter up here in the Northeast Kingdom while you all were getting slammed with cold and snow, but in the spirit of fair’s fair, I think I should share that after our warmest March ever, we’re now having our third April snowfall this year, and it’s not over yet.

Want to see? Here’s a shot from this morning…

Poor little robin.

And apparently it’s not just us. According to USA Today by way of my favorite news magazine, The Week, this was the warmest March globally in the entire 130 years that the National Climatic Data Center has kept records. Really, Mother N!

So what does this have to do with driving? Well, it’s a stretch, but the goofy weather theme is a wonderful excuse to share this goofy safe driving in the snow performance by a couple of extremely goofy weathermen. And they’re right. Enjoy!