Sunday, July 24, 2016

we're not gonna do it alone

On Sunday I visit my sister May, who is nearly my age and just about my height. To us, we are the funniest people alive. We feed off each other in spirals of laughter, so much funny, all the funny. Oh, look, I can't explain why we crack us up so hard. It's like telling someone about your dream from the night before. Our hilarity takes the form of stupid Boris-and-Natasha Russian accents that we get stuck using, unable to give them up for hours on end. Dumb jokes - what's red and bad for your teeth? A brick. What's brown and sticky? A stick.

The pinnacle of comedy.

We're both Well Known Figures in the bars and restaurants of this town. May's a server, with god-like abilities to run a brunch or calm an angry customer. She can guard her crew from bad management or her employer from a hungover staff's hooliganism. As a teenager she was hit by a car; it broke her life and sent it down unexpected paths. The ripples of pain still expand from that moment, but you would never know to watch her glide through a dining room, soothing and urging by turns.

The 9 to 5 is largely unknown to us, and if we want to hang out on the regular we have to make a point of it, so we've made Sunday our day. I got her and her husband and their roommate hooked on Steven Universe, the gayest musical science fiction cartoon ever made, and we've spent weeks catching up on episodes. We eat snacks, we sing the theme song, we discuss the motivations of fictional characters from space. We remember how good it is to be us and how lucky we truly are.

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  1. A horse walks into to a bar.
    The bartender says,...
    "Why the long face?"

    Funniest. Joke. Ever.

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  2. The sibling relationship can be so special. I have one sister and when we spend time together I really feel that I am my true self. Sounds like you and May have a great time together .

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    1. We all do. I'm the oldest of four, and our whole family is convinced that we are the funniest people alive.

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  3. Oh you. I feel like Steven when Garnet says she loves him. Big light bulb tears and star eyes.

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  4. Oh you. I feel like Steven when Garnet says she loves him. Big light bulb tears and star eyes.

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  5. I feel like the luckiest mama on earth.

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  6. What's brown and sticky is about my favourite joke. Along with 'what has four wheels and lies on its back?'

    I'm envious of you siblings - my brother isn't interested in being family much, and my sister and I bring out the worst in each other, shall we say.

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    1. Lies on its back or flies on its back?

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