Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Does a Bear Bite Your Butt?

Did you all see the story about the woman who used the outhouse and a bear bit her ass?  

I'm sorry I laughed. Because if this had been me I wouldn't be laughing!
This story had Rick and I discussing outhouses.
I have never used one. 
Being the good hillbilly he is, he has. I barely have used port-a-potties only in dire need at a concert or at the Kentucky Derby. But today, I don't think I could do it.
After this story I know I wouldn't want to use one if in the wild. 
I'm safe on the RV right? 😁

I want to laugh.
I miss our laughing.
I miss telling you about my nightly belly laughs that Rick and I have over silly things.  A year of quarantine and craziness all feels draining, doesn't it? Of course the politics too. God if this doesn't make those Texans change their voting strategy nothing will and they will continue this downward spiral.

Just heard that my GI doctor does not take Medicare. 
I called because I know they have my Cigna info and on March 1st I'm to have my colonoscopy and endoscopy. I wanted them to have my new medicare info. I was told he doesn't take medicare. 
So my appointment on March 1st for my colonoscopy and endoscopy is now out the window.  She suggested I use another doctor in the practice who will take medicare. But if I have start all over again why not just get a new doctor that is closer to me so I don't have to drive 1.5 hrs to get to?

Honest to God I can't catch a break. I just feel this past 12 months like I am living under a big black cloud.  I don't want to start all over again with another doctor. Honest to God. I try to see the humor in all things....it is just getting harder and harder.  

I said that to Rick last night about needing to try to find the funny. 
So what does my husband do he reminds me of something we both laughed at that that no one else did.  It's horrible that we laughed but in our defense - oh hell, there is no defense. We just laughed at a poor woman going down a hill in a runaway wheelchair on ice who was flung from her wheelchair when the chair made the corner turn but she didn't. She was fine, sort of....tee hee

That made us laugh so hard we cried. I told him we need to be reminded of that damn story so we can have a giggle. The players involved in this story make this all the funnier but I am not so horrible that I know I shouldn't laugh, but I am horrible enough to laugh. 

Oh, how we got yelled at when we were told about this accident. 
His cousin yelled on the phone, "what is wrong with you two? This isn't funny." 
Rick explained that the way she was telling it, it was funny. 
Oh but she did not see that and after yelling at Rick we could barely contain ourselves. Then it was like being in church and we couldn't laugh so it made it funnier. I left the room. 
When Rick hung up he said, "Weeeeeeeeee" and I lost it!  
You had to be there. But these days I'll take the funny where I can get it. 
Even at poor Aunt Lucy's expense.


bluzdude said...

This reminds me of an old Mel Brooks line: "If I cut my finger, it's a tragedy. If you fall down an open manhole, it's comedy."

Olga said...

I can relate because I also am one of those who laughs at totally inappropriate times -- like seeing the image of a little old lady in a wheelchair skidding out of control. So you made me laugh this morning!
And gave me my next post topic.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Bluzdude, exactly.

Olga, glad I could help. 🙂

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

I'm still trying to figure out how a bear got down into an out house hole where he could be in a position to bite someone's butt. We had an outhouse until the mid '60s at our cottage so I could a few stories. Spiders and snakes were the worst creatures I ran into.

The run-away wheelchair is only funny because no one got hurt. If we were watching in real time it would be as scary as hell and we'd be holding our breath until we knew the outcome. We all laugh at the videos going around of people who slip and fall on ice, but we're all assuming no one would be sharing the video if the person truly got hurt and had to be carted off to the hospital. My niece has a way of retelling something bad that happened like the run-away wheelchair that has everyone laughing. And she's not deliberately trying to make people laugh which makes her story telling all the funnier.

Arkansas Patti said...

I saw that story and wondered just what the bear was doing in the outhouse hole. Come on, it is nasty down there. Used a few outhouses in my day and spiders were my only fear.
Think Jean nailed it. Knowing no one was hurt allowed you to laugh. In real time, it would have been a horror scene.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Jean, Rick and I thought maybe the bear got stuck and can't get out of there.
And yes, it is only funny because no one was hurt, however, she did break her wrist when she put her hands out to catch herself or for whatever reason. Thankfully Aunt Lucy laughed at it all too. It was all the others who didn't.

Patti, I think from this story I would just go outside if necessary. Yes, chasing that wheelchair as the EMT and daughter did and they slide down the driveway on their bottoms behind the run away wheelchair added to the laughter but if we were there we'd have done the same thing and at that moment in time it wouldn't have been funny, but lucky for us we were only told of the event on the phone so what we saw in our minds eye was damn funny.

Cruisin Paul said...

The first time I spent some time at my grandpa's place was interesting. He was a farmer and I asked my mother I had to go to the bathroom. She said outside. I said outside, where? She pointed to a small building. She said it's the outhouse. So I went inside and boy did it stink. I said where is toilet and she said that hole. There were bees all around and I said Mom where is the toilet paper. She said those books. Boy was I shocked. Thank God that eventually my grandfather had indoor plumbing but he kept the old outhouse. It still stunk.

Cruisin Paul

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Paul I wonder why he kept the outhouse? Like his 2nd bathroom perhaps? I never used one but everyone's stories tells me I didn't miss much. Let alone a bear biting my arse!

Jamie Ghione said...

I have always traded going anywhere where outhouses are used. Just looking at the outside of one gives me creeps! And I have never been an out door person, so I typically don't go out to places where there might be a bear.

Rian said...

Thanks for the laugh... actually DH and I were just recently talking about what makes people laugh. We came up with things that are unexpected or inappropriate. But we were never able to figure out WHY these things are funny. Some seem even cruel... but they DO make us laugh (even if we don't want to).

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Jamie, I'm with you I don't camp or anything so I wouldn't have a need to use an outhouse and if I did I think I'd rather soil myself from these stories.

Ami said...

I heard about the bear and thought it was hysterically funny, although I'm sure if it had been my bear and my butt I wouldn't have found it quite so humorous.

Huh. I have a couple outhouse stories. Perhaps it's time to post them on my blog.

And I read a story once about how to decide when something goes from funny to tragic. Long story about being in a ballroom with sweeping staircases. Everyone's having a lovely time at the party, dancing and drinking and generally doing the things that people do at those events.

A woman strides in the doors on the upstairs landing, and stalks to the railing to look down on everyone. She's very forbidding and angry looking and it puts a damper on the party.

She begins sweeping down the staircase. About halfway down, she trips and starts rolling and flopping down the stairs.

The crowd begins to laugh. They laugh and laugh. She keeps falling, eventually landing at the bottom in a heap.

Someone goes to check on her, and finds that she is dead.

Now you're supposed to figure out when it stopped being funny, and that is supposed to tell you what real humor is.

(It's been a long time since I read the original, so cut me some slack here...)

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Not sure Ami I follow that reasoning?

Ami said...

Hey I'm not here to impart wisdom, it was one of those 'hey, you reminded me of a story' things.

I also laugh inappropriately. I try not to. But it doesn't always work.

Sheila said...

My husband and I started laughing in the middle of a funeral while everyone was saying the Lord's prayer. It had to do with something that happened when he was a kid at a religious school. Once you start laughing, it's so hard to stop. Thankfully everyone's voices drowned us out, but we couldn't look at each other again until the funeral was over.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Rian, It's just human nature really, never to be mean. Is there anything better than laughter?

Ami, okay that response made me laugh out loud.

Sheila, we did the same thing while picking out his mothers casket. I may have to rerun that post. Then once you get the giggles like that you just can't stop. We also could not make eye contact or we'd lose it. At my funeral

Julie H said...

Insurance is such a pain in the ass sometimes!