A couple of days ago, I posted this photo showing several icons of Kansas City:
Ironically, yesterday Halls announced that it would close this store on the Country Club Plaza and consolidate it with its store in Crown Center. Halls had been an anchor on the Plaza for nearly fifty years. Rumor has it that the space will become a food court with all the Yum! Brand products you know and love: Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut.
I’m getting ready to enter a few new postcards in a juried art show, the theme of which is “Love This City.” The city in question is Kansas City and the metro area. Here are a couple of panoramic postcards.
It may seem like I’m picking on LinkedIn, but I’m really not. It’s just that some things about it strike me as funny/odd/incongruous now and then. For example, just a few minutes ago, I went to my LinkedIn page and there was a message saying there were three new updates. OK, so what have my connections been up to? Well, I suddenly had one of those “deja vu all over” moments when I heard the voice of Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live (for those of you under forty, he was the original news person on the show; I know it seems impossible that such an old guy could have actually been on SNL, but…) saying, “I’m Chevy Chase… and you’re not.”
What I actually heard was a voice saying “… has a new connection”; “… has a new connection”; “…has a new connection… and you don’t.” Sometimes, seeing all my connections connecting makes me feel like I must be stuck on a desert island somewhere without an Internet… connection. Why don’t people want to connect with me? I’m a pretty interesting person, for the most part. I don’t post unpleasant things on my profile, for the most part. I think I have a nice photo, for the most part.
Well, I suppose it’s really up to me. LinkedIn says that my 147 connections link me to 2,514,713+ professionals and there are 3,728 new people in my network, just since May 10, yesterday! Let’s see, if I sent an invitation to connect to those 3,728 people and they all accepted, there would be 63,774,490+ professionals I could then link with. I’ll get started right after dinner.
One of my favorite movies is “The Sunshine Boys” adapted from the play by Neil Simon. George Burns and Walter Mathau are by turns hilarious and poignant, and Richard Benjamin is the perfect foil for the two. There is an exchange between Walter Mathau’s character Uncle Willie and his nephew Ben dealing with what words are inherently funny. Uncle Willie, who was once a Vaudville comedian, says that words with the letter “K” are funny… chicken, cupcake, cucumber…
Willie. 57 years I’m in the business, you learn a few things. You know what makes an audience laugh. Do you know which words are funny and which words are not funny?
Ben. You told me a hundred times, Uncle Willie. Words with a ‘K’ in it are funny.
Willie. Cleveland is funny… Maryland is not funny.
Interestingly, Neil Simon borrowed the concept of “K” words as being funny from H.L. Mencken who said that towns that had “Ks” in their names were regarded as jokes… Hoboken, Kalamazoo, Yonkers. Similarly, George Carlin used to talk about foods that are “too funny to eat” like succotash, kumquats, and garbanzo beans.
And I’d say that any joke with a moose in the punch line is a funny joke. I don’t have empirical evidence for that, but I’d say the odds are pretty good. Moose is a funny animal. I always laugh at Bullwinkle.