Ideas to Help Get Us Through

The Crankee Yankee and I have made it a point to sit out on our front porch when the weather is good. That and a couple of beers now and then are a great escape from our uninvited guest, the corona virus. For some reason, sitting on the front porch gets us laughing about things, which during this time is a pretty good way to get through each day.

Both of us like music, and both of us have instruments that we don’t practice enough with. The Crankee Yankee has a fiddle, and I have a ukulele and a didgeridoo. (The later is not the kind of instrument you want to hear blaring through the neighborhood, so I only play it inside.) We decided that we really should start playing again, and do it right on the porch. Note: neither of us are really proficient, but we try.

Does anyone remember the Mel Gibson movie, “*Signs?” Long story short, the aliens showed up and scared the bejeebers out of the human race, so everyone had to hide out and stay as safe as possible. There is one scene in there that cracks me up: Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Mel Gibson’s relative (I think) is sitting with Mel’s two children and they are all wearing tin foil hats so that the aliens can’t read their minds.

So, as the Crankee Yankee and I sat there on our front porch in the sun, sharing a beer together, we wondered if people driving by our house would get a kick out of seeing us playing our instruments and wearing tinfoil hats. If nothing else, it would make people laugh!

And boy—we can all surely need a good laugh these days.

*”From M. Night Shyamalan, the writer/director of THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE, comes the story of the Hess family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who wake up one morning to find a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family are told extraterrestrials are responsible for the sign in their field. They watch, with growing dread, the news of crop circles being found all over the world. SIGNS is the emotional story of one family on one farm as they encounter the terrifying last moments of life as the world is being invaded.” 



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