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Long Island Driving Tips

by on Jun.30, 2009, under Uncategorized

(or, How to Drive Like a Long Island Driver)

1. If you leave any space between your car and the car in front of you, this is considered an invitation for other cars to pull into your lane in front of you. If you don’t wish to offer this option, follow as closely as you can to the car in front of you.

2. “No Turn On Red” signs were ruled unconstitutional and may be safely ignored.

3. Certain intersections are designed to provide obvious and careful ways to turn left across traffic, including clearly marked turn lanes, specific traffic light signals and signs saying “Left Turn Signal”.

…but you don’t have to use those lanes.

4. Red lights are only guidelines; if you really need to go through the intersection, you can. Even if the cars pointed at you have started to move.

5. If nobody crashed, who cares?

(this is a joke)

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Always Go For The Joke

by on Jun.22, 2008, under Uncategorized

I watched Spaceballs a few months ago, and there was a scene that struck me. Spaceballs, of course, is a comedy, run through with jokes large and small. In one of the scenes, the evil ship is about to transform to a different shape. So one of the villains says…

“Prepare for…Metamorphosis! Ready, Kafka?”

Then they sort of wait for a beat…then cut somewhere else.

Now, on the face of it, this is a pretty lame joke. Kafka wrote a famous short story called “Metamorphosis”. Big deal, why even bother? However, I thought about it for a while and I came to the conclusion that if you’re writing a comedy, you should always go for the joke. No matter how stupid it is. There are a couple reasons for this.

1) Different people have different senses of humor. Something that may bring you merely a smile might make someone else break down in laughter. The more jokes you have, the more likely you are to entertain everyone.

2) The mood of Spaceballs is one of sustained humor. There’s joke after joke after joke…Having a sustained flow of jokes keeps the audience in the mood for humor, in the mood to enjoy the comedy of the entire movie. Plus, if your audience is in the mood for humor, even stupid jokes might be funny to them.

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by on Oct.05, 2006, under Uncategorized

“It’s hard to quietly walk across the living room floor in the dark when there’s squeeky toys all over.”
–Ancient ninja proverb

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