Archive for the ‘Funny’ Category

Worst parking job #1

October 17, 2012

I’ve wanted to start a series of posts like this for awhile! There seem to be way too many bad parking jobs around this city. Here’s a great example…in a fairly open parking lot…

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Contest/Poll…PEI’s Ugliest Souvenir!

September 9, 2011

If any of you saw my Tweets from the past few days, you might have noticed that I posted a few pics of PEI “souvenirs” from my Labour Day weekend trip (for those not familiar, Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province, and also home to my family’s summer cottage :)). My mother and I perused some area gift shops for a few hours (two of which I used to work at!), and had some fun mocking the truly ugly cr@p that some of them STILL peddle!

I wanted to give the chance to all of my readers to mock these wonderful pieces equally! Therefore, here are the 7 candidates in the order in which I saw them…

I’d love to hear my readers’ opinions on these special pieces- poll to follow! I’ll even award a prize (yet-to-be-determined) to the person who responds with the best comment  🙂

“Memorable” commercials- Post #5

June 6, 2011

Hee hee…I was surprised when I first saw this series of ads on TV, and rolled my eyes, but once I saw the tag at the end and knew what they were trying to accomplish, I thought it was brilliant!

Seriously, though…if you have a family history, get checked out!!!

“Memorable” commercials- Post #4

May 17, 2011

The things you discover while surfing the Internet!

I have never heard of this thing, but MAN- would my friends and I have ever had fun with it! *Edit: never mind, I see it’s from the 70s…too vintage for this young’un!  😉

“Hey, good lookin’…”

My favorite YouTube clips: a series!

April 8, 2011

Those of you who have read some of my previous posts know that my interest in such things as TV shows can be a bit eclectic; certain people I know even tend to mock certain choices (you know who you are!!).  One of my favorite shows of all time is “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, or “AFV” as it is known in its current incarnation. I find it amazing that the show has gone from the age of the VHS to DVD and finally digital media; I remember the host once saying something to the effect of “Sure, you can post your video on YouTube, but where else can you have the chance to win $10,000 for being stupid?!”

The following clip is my all-time favorite, hands down. Why do I find it so funny? Perhaps it’s because I have a kid brother of my own who used to do this sort of thing for attention quite frequently (he would boo the choir in church!). Maybe it’s because the boy in the video looks so darn serious as he is doing his “moves”. Whatever the reason, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😀

“Memorable” commercials- Post #3

March 23, 2011

To continue along with my theme of weird and wonderful commercials, I give you: The Hawaii Chair! It needs no introduction…

You absolutely CANNOT watch the first video without following it with how Ellen Degeneres focused on the product in an episode of her show!

Truthfully, though…who would actually buy this product based on the claims in the advertisement? I’ll tell you, if I were to walk into an office and saw the administration assistant or receptionist using one of these chairs, I would doubt the integrity of their purchasing department!  😀

MadTV: RIP to a comedic genius!

March 22, 2011

I have a certain IRL friend who has been subject to my countless “MadTV had the BEST parody of that music video!” comments way more times than the poor guy should have had to have been, and I’ll tell him right now that the references are not likely to stop as long as we communicate with each other :p

I started watching MadTV back in high school when I would babysit on the weekends. I’d put the kids in bed, and was free to watch tv until the parents came home. These were the Dark Ages before satellite/digital TV, so my choices were limited to *gasp* basic cable! MadTV was on Fox at midnight in my area, so I saw many, many episodes during my informal childcare “career”.

Since I took a 2-hour nap today courtesy of my cold, I’m wide awake and figured I’d use the time productively 🙂 Therefore, behold some of my favorite MadTV clips. Theme of the day: music video parodies! Beware…this is not the last time I’ll post MadTV clips!! (To those not “in the know”, the last episode of MadTV was in May of 2009 😦 )


Customer (dis)Service

March 21, 2011

I am a member of several discussion/message board, and have been for over 10 years now. They range from those for relationship difficulties to one specializing in Disney vacations, and I’ve met the most interesting people over the years! I’ve also amassed quite a collection of links to some really great sites; it’s amazing the random conversations that spring up on “off-topic” boards sometimes  🙂

I’m sure that at one point or another, all of us have worked in the customer service field or have had a friend or family member who has. Who hasn’t heard the “Oh my gosh, this guy came in today and you won’t BELIEVE what he said to me”, or “How many more ways can I possibly say ‘No, we CANNOT do that, ma’am?” Well, embedded in a post on this very topic was the following link for Notalwaysright.com. Oh my goodness, I can’t get myself away from here! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE dealing with the public, especially face-to-face. Sure, there are some real jerks, and I have been called a rather nasty name, but the good experiences far outweigh the bad!

I’ve been trying to think of a few of my most favorite experiences, and the following came to mind:

– The summer I was 17, I worked in a gift shop in Cavendish, PEI, home of Anne of Green Gables. We had oodles of “official” Anne merchandise; dolls, books, pencils, you name it. Well, the owner decided to stock some t-shirts that had “naughty” Anne images on them; in one, she was pictured looking out to the ocean with a towel spread across her back. You could tell she wasn’t wearing anything, but the shirt was totally tongue-in-cheek; there was nothing obscene about it at all! Well, I had a customer come to me furious, saying how dare we sell these shirts and take Anne’s name in vain. I told her that I did not make the purchasing decisions, and that I would be happy to give her the owner’s contact info  🙂

– I was working at the entrance gate to a very buy section of a national park, and encountered visitors from literally all over the world. One couple from the Southern US asked if I was “from here” (PEI) and I said yes, that I live and work here in the summer. They then asked, “No, where are you from originally?” I replied that I was actually born and lived the majority of the time in a neighboring province. They THEN asked “No, where are your ancestors from?” Well, I have a very Scottish last name so I told them my last name and that my ancestors came from Scotland. The wife goes, “Oh, I THOUGHT I could hear a Scottish accent!” I felt like saying “But…my last ancestors left Scotland over 200 years ago…”

– I also worked at a very busy Visitor Information centre in Cavendish, PEI for two summers. Funny, but sad…many, MANY people did not believe that a) Anne of Green Gables was NOT real, and b) that the Green Gables House in the area was never home to either Anne or the book’s author, LM Montgomery. Many ardent fans came to the area on a pilgrimage of types to see the house, and I had to educate more than one disconsolate middle-aged woman…

I have many, MANY more funny Customer Service stories from those years; my colleagues and I actually kept a list, which I still have! I think I’ve found another subject for a series of posts  😀 If anyone has any good/bad/ugly CS stories, please share them with us; I can guarantee many laughs!

Private (napkin) dancer…in China???

March 14, 2011

I’ve posted before about how I got lost in Shanghai during my China trip in 2006; looking back at that event, it was one of the most memorable moments of the trip. I’m being completely, 100% honest when I say there was a panoply (how I love the English language!) of such events on this vacation; I definitely suggest to anyone traveling to China that it will be a vacation unlike any other you have experienced. Are the cities polluted and crowded? Yes, the large ones often are. Are you served strange dishes, such as whole fish complete with eyeballs? Yes, occasionally! Are tall, light-haired travel companions adored and photographed with the attention often granted to Brad Pitt? Yes, and it’s just as much amusing to the person’s friend than it is to the Beijing native who is photographing him!

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However, I digress; it would be much too difficult to cram every tale from China into one post, so I will recount one of my most favorite memories here. My travel companion and I were supposed to fly Saint John-Toronto-Beijing, go to the hotel and settle in, and then meet our tour group and journey to a restaurant for dinner. However, as often happens, our plans were waylaid; we DID fly from Saint John-Toronto, but we ended up having to then fly to Vancouver, spend the night, fly to Hong Kong, and purchase another ticket to Beijing (thank goodness for American Express!). As a result, two events occurred: a)there was no travel company rep to meet us at the Beijing airport because we were a day late, and b)we had to find our own transportation to the hotel. After an “interesting” ride in which the driver threw up his hands in frustration (because he didn’t know where our hotel was; thank goodness for cell phones!), we arrived at the Beijing Days Inn. Settled easily into our rooms and after freshening up, we called our tour guide and were instructed to take a cab to the restaurant, where the rest of our tour group was waiting, having spent the day touring Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City.

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The drive to the restaurant gave us our first glimpse of one of the world’s most densely-populated cities at dusk; a metropolis full of dusty, narrow alleys; vehicles of all sizes jostling for position on dust-choked roads, and shop windows resplendent with wares in bright yellows and reds. Once we got to the restaurant, we met our guide and the rest of the group, who had gotten there not long before. For reasons I do do not understand to this day, instead of adding two chairs to the table so that we could eat with our guide and the rest of the group, we were lead down a set of stairs and into a small room resembling a wine cellar with a single table in the middle. My travel companion and I looked at each other and smiled; what an interesting, albeit unusual, beginning to our vacation! Over the next hour or so, we were served a delicious Chinese dinner by young female waitresses in traditional Chinese clothing. They did not speak any English, so the majority of our interaction was body language and a few “Ums” and “Thank yous”.

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I believe it was toward dessert (I swear, EVERY night on that trip, dessert was watermelon!) that it started. Due to the language barrier, we really had no idea what would happen next after they took the dishes away after each course; was there more food coming? Something to cleanse our palates? This was totally new to both of us! Suddenly,without any warning whatsoever, a beautiful young Chinese woman walked into the room. I wish I had thought to take her picture, but it was SO dark in the room, the picture probably wouldn’t have turned out anyhow! She was dressed as you might imagine a performer would be in a Chinese opera; makeup professionally done, flowing garments, and ribbons in her hair. We looked at each other in total and complete bewilderment; this doesn’t happen at the local Chinese buffets. She proceeded to give us a very detailed, very artistic, dance, twirling napkins around as she flitted about the room, which was no more than 12×12. Now, my travel companion and I have been best friends since 5th grade, when an event in the classroom caused us to look at each other and burst into uncontrollable laughter. Perhaps it was jet lag, perhaps it was the “adventure” getting to our hotel from the airport, perhaps it was old memories…but whatever it was, it caused me to not be able to look at my friend until the dancer left the room.

This, as is evident by our laughter even to this day when we bring the event up, is one of the most memorable moments from our China adventure. I will say that there was nothing funny in the least about this girl’s performance; she was simply giving us the service that the rest of our travel companions had gotten in the main dining room. However, there is a big difference between 25 people and a large dining room and 2 people and a wine cellar! Hmmm, perhaps my hometown could use this type of joint…the tourists would love it!

It pays to be anal!

March 10, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that I am very observant when it comes to the written word. Give me a newspaper article or essay, and I can spot a mistake in a minute! I’m not sure where this “skill” came from, as neither of my parents is this way; however, I did grow up in a family of heavy consumers of various types of literature, so I can honestly say I have read thousands upon thousands of words in my short life 😉

The following picture was taken of an ad that came to one of my apartments several years ago. To this day, I have no idea why I even read the ad; I had no need to rent furniture or electronics, and as a student at the time, I didn’t have too much time to waste! I can’t believe I’ve held onto this minuscule scrap of paper all these years, but it makes me smile just by looking at it. I actually submitted the snapshot to the Ellen Show’s “Funny Pictures” section on their website; we shall see what happens! See if you are able to spot what made me laugh so hard (and yet again, I apologize for the quality of the picture; Ansel Adams I am not! Hint…try sitting a bit further away from your computer monitor…).

Here it is; enjoy!