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Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll chronicles A THIRD OF JULY FOR THE AGES. She writes: Well, friends, I warned you this Trip Journal would skip around a bit. Didn’t want to be too linear or logical, which I recently learned was racist. We will talk – eventually — about the Third of July. But first, what, you may ask, makes a person just pick up and leave home, living out of a suitcase, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll declares: GOD, I LOVE AMERICANS! She writes: Preview: Next Friday I will discuss the origin of this Road Trip and my fabulous Third of July time at the Baden Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. But today I offer these observations: The natural beauty of this great and good country can scarcely be overstated. A trip through the Southwest, West and Midwest which starts out from the desert and canyons »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns to her career in stand-up comedy for the DEMO TAPE TRAGEDY — A Train Wreck in Several Chapters. She writes: As regular readers know, the novelist Max Cossack and I are on a big road trip. We are having a spectacular time. However, I am having so much fun staying “in the moment,” as we are often advised to do, that my “journal” consists mostly of hundreds »

Bob Newhart lives

Featured image Bob Newhart makes infrequent live appearances at age 89, but he was featured last night at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis as part of the first-ever Minneapolis Comedy Festival. He must have three generations of fans in Minneapolis. The line to get into the theater wound around the block last night. I think it’s fair to say that Newhart is beloved. What a thrill to see him perform a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is on the road again in NO MOUNTAIN FOR OLD LADIES – Big Road Trip – Part 1. She writes: When Dodge hits 114, it’s time to get out of Dodge. I have stayed in the Dusty Little Village for several summers, as a kind of Arizona gang initiation, while Max Cossack, the prolific novelist, has gone elsewhere for a variety of reasons. So it’s not like I’m »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks a rhetorical question: SO IT’S COME TO THIS, HAS IT? She writes: Not to alarm dear readers or anything, but a couple of things have happened since our cohort all pretended to have been at Woodstock: namely, we got old and infirm and the world has gone completely mad around us. When did this happen? Boy, I can’t count the times that I have heard that stupid »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a modest proposal in the form of JUNIOR YEAR IN HELL. She writes: I have recently seen a poll in which the majority of millennials claim to want to live under socialism. Bully for them, and don’t let the door hit you in the bum on the way out, kiddies. One of my favorite comedians back in the day was a (then) young man named Jake Johannsen. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll identifies THE WORST PARTY EVER! She writes: My good friend, Minnesota neighbor, and frequent roadie when I was doing comedy was a Vietnam vet named Randy. He was and remains a gregarious, friendly salesman-type guy who knows hundreds of people from all walks of life. He once invited me to accompany him to a “party” at the home of a friend of his. Ned was going through a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll doesn’t really think THE 2020 ELECTION IS ALREADY OVER! She writes: Well, it’s official, my friends. Some no-name polling outfit – Lying4DemocratsRUs? – has done a, like, totally scientific poll that showed Slow Joe Biden 5 points ahead of President Trump. In my ARIZONA!! Goodness gracious, what a harbinger of things to come if he can’t even win a Deplorable-Filled, Gun-Totin’ State like AZ. They are already speculating »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll exclaims and inquires: HARRIDANS ON SEX STRIKE! Can the Republic survive? Close analysis and a sense of humor combine to produce an AG classic. She writes: Many current actresses and has-been harridans in Hollywood are registering their shock and fury at losing the sacred and unrestricted right to kill unborn babies in Georgia and Alabama by threatening to withhold sexual favors until the fetal heartbeat law is repealed. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll says TODDLERS KNOW BEST, but that’s a joke. She writes: The very pretty, fairly talented actress Charlize Theron has informed her public that both her adopted black children are girls. Fair enough. Well, ONE of those little children, now about 7, started out life as a boy child. But when he was three years old – yes, THREE — he came to her and informed her that he »

Customer service, WSJ style

Featured image I’ve been a regular reader of, and subscriber to, the Wall Street Journal since about 1974, as my dad was before me. I’ve learned a lot from the paper over the years, especially from the editorial pages under the great Robert Bartley. I’m sorry to say that I’ve had recurring delivery issues this year. I haven’t received the paper on schedule since April 29. I add the qualifier “on schedule” »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll writes in an elegiac key this week in remembrance of her friend HEATHER: My mission as delineated by my excellent editor and friend, Scott, is both to help him with his self-defined anger management problem and to entertain. So I always feel guilty when I fail to entertain. Sometimes it just can’t be helped. Today is such a day. There is no other way to say it: Delightful »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll perceives that THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM! She writes: So we just had Passover, right? And we went through five boxes of matzo. I make a dish that is kind of like a Passover Lasagna with the matzo playing (badly) the role of the pasta in the layered chicken-mushroom-egg dish. This requires me to break the matzo into various sizes in order to fit in the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks a good question: IF THIS ISN’T NICE…THEN WHAT IS? Although she doesn’t identify it as a national crisis and call for the the formation of a commission to study it, she does seek to mitigate an epidemic lack of gratitude abroad in the land. She writes: On this, the seventh day of Passover, in this Sweet Land of religious Liberty, I look out the window of my »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll scopes out what happens WHEN CULTURAL NORMS COLLIDE. She writes: For a brief time in my comedy career, I was part of a group that conducted Customer Service Training for companies. One of my colleagues told a story which may have been apocryphal and which I can only dredge up from dim 25-years-old memory. One of the things that will unhinge customers the fastest is being told when »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is happily MARRIED TO AN ENTHUSIAST. She writes: We are now in our tenth year of living in Arizona. Before that we “wintered” in San Diego for two years and then Palm Springs for ten. I would notice groups of men lingering over coffee in the upscale supermarket. These were married retirees, men who had clearly been kicked out of their small winter condos by wives who probably »