Yesterday, I was readingÂ some posts by Sandmonkey, and I laughed so hard that I almost fell out of my chair. That guy never fails to pry a laugh out of me. Some of his stuff is funny because I know the Middle East. And some of it is funny because it just is – which means thatÂ everyone will probably get it. (However, be warned that he can be a bit crude.)
Anyway, he posted a link to a cute video that ran as an advertisement on Egyptian TV a couple years ago. It was one of those Wazzap adverts localised for a localÂ Egyptian cellular phone service. But, on the YouTube sidebar, there was this darkly humorous ad titled “Arab blowing himself up”.
I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.
That got me thinking.
When I was working as a wage slave at a high-tech company in Jerusalem, I used to have a joke list.Â My jokes would range far and wide, crossing the globe and appearing in all kindsÂ of places, the Philippines, Singapore, exotic parts of USA, Â and of course my buddies at Banter.
Then, the Tanzim started shooting up my neighborhood in 2001, and I lost my sense of humour. My joke list became one of angst over what the Palestinians were doing to my neighborhood, my friends, and my country-of-choice.
Well, there really isn’t any reason to be one or the other. Why not be both? Especially since there really isÂ a dark humour to life in Israel. Even when they are throwing bombs at you and killing your neighbors,Â Israelis have a great capacity for laughter. It’s sardonic and ironic – even sarcastic. But, life is like that.
And, of course,Â there is a cosmic irony to the fact that I am safer inÂ Jerusalem than I am here, in a suburb of Indianapolis. It’s just one of those things.
Having said that, here’s the video that got me laughing so hard:
Have a great weekend everyone, and lighten up!