Graveside Tour

Things that go bump in the night… (in the night)

Things that go bump in the night… (in the night)

Whatever we fear will give us a fright

Like things that go bump in the night


The orange cones on the side of the road

Make a hell of a joke so I’ve been told

So we used a few at the midnight hour

Capitalizing on bewitching power


We made a detour off the main highway

Sending each car down a creepy byway

They follow the path of cemetery row

Their fear keeps rising but their courage is low


Some ghosts and goblins may try to lure

You away from the Graveside Tour

So if you care for your life at all

Stay in the car, don’t heed their call

But welcome to the Graveside Tour

Yes, welcome to the Graveside Tour


You will drive mile-after-mile

With death head grin or nervous smile

Just beware and know this is no joke

Or you may feel a poke and a choke

But welcome to the Graveside Tour

Yes, welcome to the Graveside Tour


Seeing all the spooks is a big surprise

But the headless jester took the grand prize

You may think you’re funny, and not just in bed

But try telling a joke when there ain’t no head


The scary prank was a real screecher

Actually done by a local preacher

But the mad caretaker put a stop to it

When a dead old biddy threw a hissy fit


© JW Thomas


Laugh therapy

During my aging process I have continued to take classes at local colleges, like OSU, as well as online courses. I enjoy challenges and I love to learn. During one of the health classes I took to further my degree aspirations I was introduced to Laugh Therapy. Up until this particular class I used my extensive video and DVD collection, along with the stand-up routines at the local comedy club to give me moments of much needed laughter.

Karen, my late wife, and I used to laugh all the time together. But without her in my life the comedy club and DVDs are about it. So it was a rather interesting experience to come to class and simulate laughter.

However, I must admit that during the moments it changed from simulated to real laughter was definitely the best. Some of the physical antics performed during the class were way off my grid where comedy and absurdity reside, but even though I felt a good portion of it would go over better on Sesame Street or Romper Room I went ahead with it just for the experience. And it was kind of a kick to see how others really got into it.

I guess my age and past experiences worked against me during this. It just seemed more juvenile than I would’ve expected. However, overall, it was an okay experience. But I will continue to get my laughs through good film comedies or good stand-up routines: and, of course, good friends with a sense of humor (and good pranks when the opportunity comes).

Laughter is good therapy. Many studies show that it truly does have healing qualities. So however you choose to maintain your sense of humor, please continue to do so. It makes the World a better place.

© JW Thomas

Booby-trapped the Sgt. Major's jeep0001

[Booby-trapped the Sgt. Major’s jeep as a prank.]