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Life at the Curb Humor Column

Stranger in a Strange Land

After two months of medical incarceration, the powers-that-be decided I was ready to face the outside world…or my insurance ran out. Either way I was a free man.

Isn't It a Pity

The North American Pity Association had been on high alert. Their motto is "If it's not perfect, we feel sorry for it."

Riders on the Storm

If I end up with eyeglasses the size of a Hubble Telescope lens, you can blame it on the six days Marilyn and I did everything by candlelight. It was an early evening in November and Hurricane Sandy was pounding the East Coast.

Please Mr. Postman

I don't know if you've ever tried to get to the roof of a skyscraper by clambering up a fire escape, but even a mountain goat would have slipped a nitroglycerin tablet under his tongue after reaching the top.

Starting Over

In comedy, timing is everything. Apparently my stroke didn't get the memo, because mine was shot.

Jive Talkin'

I was constantly interrupting, spewing out a barrage of senseless, choppy, tweet-like phrases.

Always Something There to Remind Me

In order for me to find anything on a shelf, it has to be wider than a 747.

Stormy Weather

I developed a plumbing problem. It would have been tolerable if the pipes were in the kitchen. But alas, they were inside of me.

Those Oldies But Goodies

We were headed to the antique equivalent of Lourdes: The Brimfield Antique Show in Massachussetts. The size of 23 football fields with 6,000 dealers selling from tents. To paraphrase Dante, "All hope abandon ye stroke survivors who enter here!"

Time Is On My Side

A stroke survivor has to operate on the theory that stroke time is like dog years. You have to multiply by a factor of 7. What once took five minutes now takes 35.

Tracks of My Tears

Director, Joel Schumacher, was shooting his latest film, starring Robert De Niro as stroke stroke survivor, "Bob would like to work with and videotape a stroke survivor to prepare for his role." So I said, "Sure!" - I'll admit I shed a tear or two watching the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials, but I wasn't expecting the floodgates to open in front of Travis Bickle.

Can't Judge a Book by Lookin' at the Cover

I floated like a cinder block but could verbally sting like a bee.
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Support Showcase

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