Laughter In The Jungle

by Lance Ekum on · 45 comments

"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." ~ Jean Houston

Whoa!  I look at this picture of myself and laugh!  Go ahead, join in WITH me!!!  (honestly, I DON'T wear that tiara anymore!!!) (and…I did NOT wear that lipstick!!!)

Laughter is a pretty wonderful thing!   Hey, I am ALL FOR IT!!  How about you?  Does laughter rock your boat?

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Today I am officially joining Katie West and Ina Lukas in partnership with creating the next phase of The Levity Project.  I will continue to write here in this space, and can now also be found at The Levity Project, and more directly involved in the events and direction of where that program is going. 

The Levity Project is a social movement to foster buoyancy, laughter, play, and freedom as the new paradigm in social design. We engage in public acts of levity in which people gather in a flash setting to en-lighten the energy of a public place and those within it.  These events are designed to foster a sense of lightness and connection to all who are present.

Katie and Ina are both incredibly talented women, and it is an honor to work beside them in bringing more laughter, play, and celebration into our world! 

Stop by and check out what The Levity Project is all about!!


And speaking of The Levity Project…check out what's coming up! 

World Laughter Day!

The Levity Project will be there!  And celebrating!!  In style!! 

When:  Sunday, May 2nd, 2010, 10 AM – 12 noon (ET)
Where:  New York City, NY
Who:  YOU!!!  Join Katie, Ina, and I in a celebration of laughter and life!
Cost:  FREE

Are you near New York City?  Do you know someone who is?  Come by yourself and join the fun!  Come with your family!  Come with your friends!  All are invited to join in this celebration!!  A celebration of laughter and fun!!  And…the more the merrier!!  Share this with anyone you know who is remotely close to NYC – let's rock the day with laughter, joy, and love to the world!!

To sign up, click here

Details of our meeting location will be emailed out to everyone prior to the event. 


Thank you for your support here in the Jungle, and I look forward to connecting on an even deeper level both here and at The Levity Project!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) April 20, 2010 at 7:09 am

You are so much crazy-lol-kind of fun!

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Angelia April 20, 2010 at 7:20 am

Lance – Wow! You look so pretty! Lol. Congratulations, I have no doubt you will bring even more success, laughter, and joy to The Levity Project. How exciting! And Awesome!
.-= Angelia´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wordful Wednesday =-.

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Trish @IamSucceeding April 20, 2010 at 7:21 am

THAT is so awesome…to be able to laugh…Great project too!

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Lynn April 20, 2010 at 7:26 am

What a lovely idea. Laughter is the best medicine, isn’t it?
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Scope, weeding out and majesty =-.

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Holly Latty-Mann April 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

Whoa-ho, Lance! No wonder you’re wearing your tiara – today is special! You are officially joining Katie West and Ina Lukas in partnership with creating the next phase of The Levity Project! Congratulations! By the end of this week, you’ll see this written up in our newsletter! And heartfelt congratulations to all of you – will be thinking of you on May 2nd with a huge smile on my face! Holly

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Evita April 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

Now that is one awesome picture!!!

Lance you look fabulous and this announcement and you joining the Levity Project is really exciting news! In fact, I think you are more than perfect for the job! Every time I saw you in a video or at a Levity Project event, you were a natural. You really know how to make people smile and laugh 😀
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Special Encounter: Darshan With Mother Meera =-.

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Chania Girl April 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

Lance! Wear that tiara every day man! Everyone needs a crown!!! (p.s. I think it would have been a good idea to slather on the lipstick too. It’s very moisturizing.) 🙂

Thank you for sharing your good news about The Levity Project with us. I will be keeping an eye on you there for sure. Hey, maybe the meetings can eventually go global! Crete, anyone?

Lots of love and hugs today. xx
.-= Chania Girl´s Last Fabulous Post ..Remembering You =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord April 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

Lance, I think this is so awesome, and that YOU are awesome! This reminds me of when peanut butter and chocolate joined forces to create Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You + Katie + Ina + The Levity Project = WAY WICKED AWESOME FUN FUN FUN!

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Erin Prais-Hintz April 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

I don’t know. I think all that tiara needs is some sparkly pink earrings to make it work on you. I could hook you up with that you know 😉
You are a riot!
Wish I was in NYC! That would be a blast.
Enjoy the day!
Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hour 54, where are you? =-.

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Mindful Mimi April 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

Hi Lance,
I am laughing everytime I see that picture :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) see? :-))
Anyway, When is Levity coming to Europe???
M
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..How a 4 year old solves the Iceland ash cloud problem =-.

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The Exception April 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

Fabulous!!!
I love the picture – very you!
And I love that you are joining with the Levity Project… now if you would just bring the laughter to the DC area… (hint, hint…)

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Jannie Funster April 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

New York on May 2nd???? I shall have to laugh with you all from afar.

I LOVE The Levity Project! And you all!
xo

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Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills April 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Lance, you are a certifiable, stark raving lunatic, and I love ya for it. World Laughter Day, what an excellent idea.
.-= Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills´s Last Fabulous Post ..Choose the Life You Really Want =-.

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lisaschaos April 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Laughter is a daily must! 🙂 Thanx for doing your part – more than your part – to keep that going. 🙂
.-= lisaschaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Macro Monday Spidey =-.

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Vanessa April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Hey Lance: I know that in the last few months, I am laughing more than I have in years. I had gotten so serious about life, and all of its realities. NOW, I dream as big as I can, and laugh until I cry! It totally rocks my world, and has engaged my family in a more intimate way.

I am only two hours from NYC, and cannot be there with you and THe Levity Project, but will be chuckling along with you all in spirit!!!! Peace, Vanessa
.-= Vanessa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Day of Silence: April 16, 2010 =-.

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Kate April 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

That looks like great fun – come to the UK!!”

Best wishes,
Kate.
http://www.improvedconfidence.com

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Tess The Bold Life April 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Lance and Kaity
Congratulations! woot woot

I agree with Evita and Megan and I triple what they say. Every video you’ve put of yourself on this blog Lance shows you are in the right place. The one that comes to mind is the drink you made in the blender. Have fun in NY and I’ll be laughing from afar with Jannie. I will show up at another place in another time. You both rock and it will be fun to watch you both grow. Hugs to both of you!

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} April 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Lance my friend…you are supremely awesome! I am telling you make me wanna catcha flight and come running to new york after reading this. But I am on the other side of the world..so will surely join you in spirit. I want to see loads of pictures and videos…..It will be like i was there 🙂
You could well me the next super tiara model…awww…gorgeous! What bone structure 😉
Much love,
Z~

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J.D. Meier April 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Fun is a good thing. I had flash backs to when I wore my Burger King crown for the day to feel like a king.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Those Moments When You are Most Alive =-.

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Audra Krell April 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I too am laughing with you, and maybe at a little bit at you~ ; ) Also, if this is your new uniform, do not quit your day job yet.
Seriously, so glad that your blogging continues to grow, what a great thing because you are so good at it!

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Caity April 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Great picture! It’s such a great thing to be able to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine!
.-= Caity´s Last Fabulous Post ..Searching for more blog friends. =-.

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Nate Chastain April 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I know the point of this point was to stress that laughter is enriching your life, but I want to advise against trying to use laughter as a “therapy”: if you solve your problems, laughter and happiness will naturally result, not the other way around. If you’re desperately poor and need to radically change your life, creating a practical and actionable plan is generally the best way to go about it.

The above may be entirely unrelated to your point, I’m not sure. I just felt I should mention something about that approach to personal development, since it appears to be common.

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suzen April 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hi Lance! Dynomite photo – haha! Sure got ME laughin! Keep it up – you ARE the laugh King. The fact that you and the Levity project are taking this on the road – super!
Hugs
SuZen

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FatFighterTV April 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Too fun! When are you crazies coming to C-Bus???
.-= FatFighterTV´s Last Fabulous Post ..News Nugget: New report urges FDA to slash hidden salt =-.

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Lance April 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm

@Joanna – Hey Joanna!!! I try!!!

@Angelia – Angelia!! Are you enjoying Milwaukee?!?!? Hmmm…yes I *try* to look pretty (you know…the lipstick and all!!). And – this is exciting – it’s great to be teaming up with Ina and Katie!! And…Angelia…thanks so much for all the support you have shown The Levity Project these past several months.

@Trish – Laughing sure IS awesome…just like YOU!!! Thanks much Trish!

@Lynn – Ahhh, yes….it is such great medicine! Just a few extra laughs throughout the day can brighten our spirit, and really give our overall health a real boost. And it just feels GREAT!

@Holly – Holly!!! Well….I would be lying if I said I wore that tiara all day!! Yikes! Maybe I’ll see if Katie wants to do that! And, Holly, I am so grateful for your wonderful and caring support behind all of this! You have been such a super amazing believer in this, and that has made a huge difference! And I know it’s a bit early, but I really want to thank you for all of that, and for the write up you are doing in your upcoming newsletter! You truly are so, so awesome!! Thank you for being “you”, and know that even beyond all of this – I am so glad our paths have crossed, and that I have had the beautiful opportunity to experience your amazing gift of love and care in this world.

@Evita – Hey Evita!! So…do you think people might look at me funny if I walked down the street like that???? (I’ll save that for another day!) Sometimes I get a little self-conscious (does that show in the picture up above??) – so hearing your words are like sweet music to my ears. Thank YOU, sweet friend!

@Chania Girl – Carla!! Hahahahahahaha (everyday!!!!) And – a little secret (wait…if I’m typing it out…is it really a secret???) – I tried lipstick once – the stuff is just wayyyy too hard to put on (I had it everywhere!!) Do you have some sort of class in lipstick application????? Okay – and remind me never to let YOU accessorize ME!!! And – Crete!!! Woohoo!!! I say – yes, let’s go global!!!! Love and hugs (and lipstick grins!)!!!

@Megan – Hi Megan!!!! Ooh…I LOVE it!!! PB and chocolate combining for Reeses PB Cups (then again…PB and chocolate are two of my favorite things!!) Did you know that????? And WAY WICKED AWESOME FUN!!!! Hey, now that does sound AWESOME (and that, right there, reminds me of YOU!!!)

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Lance April 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

@Erin – Hey Erin!! Sure!!! Go figure, you could DEFINITELY accessorize me!! Why am I starting to get scared, thinking about where this picture could lead to! Yikes!! I’ll take pictures, how does that sound! And – I’m taking my daughter with me…the same one who helped decide on the super cool necklace you designed!!

@Mimi – Hey Miranda!! Hmmmm….Yes, I DO see!!! Just so you know…you are laughing WITH me (because I am laughing too!)!! And Europe! Hey, that sounds like a winner to me – we could make this thing a world tour!!! Now that sounds FUN!!! And – hey, we’d get to meet!! Okay…I’ll get working on that!!

@The Exception – Ha!! So, now I’m starting to wonder what kind of image I’m portraying?!?!?!? Shoot…I’ll just go with “it’s all good”!! (don’t tell me if you were thinking otherwise!!!) And a Levity Project event in DC…that sounds like a pretty great place, too!!! All sorts of great locations coming out today! Woo-hoo!!

@Jannie – Jannie!!!!!!!!! You will most definitely be with us in spirit on May 2!!! And love to you, dear and amazing friend!!! xoxoxoxo

@Jonathan – Well, that’s cool!!! So, one can be certified as a stark raving lunatic!!! And to think – I qualify!!! Hmmm….I wonder what I have to do when the renewal comes up!!! (please don’t let it be the actual wearing of lipstick!). Jonathan – you are awesome, my friend!! Thanks much for your amazing support!!

@Lisa – Hey Lisa!! Well, thank YOU very, very much!! Really, it’s an honor to read these words – and think that I am hopefully really showing a bit of levity and lightness in my life. You are sweet…

@Vanessa – Hey Vanessa!! That is so wonderful to hear – it sure feels good, doesn’t it!! And as much as there can be serious moments in life…there are certainly many, many moments when a little extra joy and happiness (and dare I even say – silly-ness and craziness) can go a long way toward a life that’s a bit more awesome. And…shucks….we are going to miss you (I’m sad…). But I’ll keep laughing…and even laugh a bit extra on the 2nd…as I think of YOU! Deal!

@Kate – Having done a couple of Levity Project events now…I can honestly say that these are a whole lot of FUN!! The UK sounds like a great place to visit (I’m seeing this could be like a worldwide vacation for me!!!).

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Lance April 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm

@Tess – Hey Tess!! Ahhh….those videos!! What was I thinking in some of those, anyway???? (hmmm…maybe I was thinking laughter!!!) And that drink…believe it or not…I haven’t had that concoction since that fateful video day (shocking, isn’t it!)!! You’ll be with us in spirit, Tess!! And that’s pretty awesome right there!! Hugs and moments of uncontrollable laughter…

@Zeenat – Zeenat!!! And you know…it takes awesome to know awesome!!! (thank you, sweet friend!) Maybe we WILL have to make this thing a world tour – then we could visit YOU!!! How cool would that be!! And – the super tiara model – maybe that will be the next reality show (and if it is, I’m there!!!) (and I’m bringing you with me as the cheering section!!). Much love to you, too, dear friend…

@J.D. – Ahh…the Burger King crown!! As a kid, such a prized possession!! And…now I’m thinking…having another one would be pretty cool (and perhaps a bit more manly than my tiara!!!)! Bring on the fun!!

@Audra – Hey Audra!!! Ah…but you are only laughing with me (because I am laughing too)! HA!!! Gotcha!!! (as long as I keep laughing at myself! Hmmm…how long can I keep it up???) And what’s the deal? Don’t you think I would be taken seriously if I wore this to *ahem* work???? Maybe….just maybe….I’ll do it (I did wear a skirt to work once….) (I know…that sounds completely wrong, doesn’t it!!) Audra, you are so fantastic…thanks for being here!!!

@Caity – Hi Caity!!! Thanks (I think!)!!! Laughter really is wonderful, and medicinally speaking – it can do wonders for our body (so – besides just being fun to do – it’s good for us…and that’s way better than pharmaceutical medicine!)

@Nate – Hi Nate. And I don’t disagree with what you are saying – making plans, and being serious about moving forward with them is a very good thing. I see laughter as just a way to lighten our days, and bring some moments of joy and peace into them – especially when we might feel over-stressed and challenged. That said, laughter itself isn’t going to necessarily get us to some end result. It can make the getting there much more enjoyable and peaceful…and I’ll take that any day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen!!! Hahahahaha!!! I’m most photogenic when I’m all decked out!! (okay – and this is NOT a daily occurrence!!) (I think my wife would leave me in a heartbeat if it was!!) (and my kids would disown me!!) Laugh King!!! Suzen, you are so super sweet!!! I want to come down there and give you that great big hug right now!! Much love to you, sweet friend….

@FatFighterTV – Sahar!!!! Crazies???? Crazies???? (actually I really am fond of that term, now that I’ve said it several times!!) Maybe C-Bus will happen sooner than later!! If it does, though….YOU become one of the crazies too!!!! Woohoo!!!

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Cheryl Paris April 21, 2010 at 7:06 am

Hello Lance,

Your are going great and having loads of fun. Enjoy my friend 🙂

Bye for now,
Cheryl
.-= Cheryl Paris´s Last Fabulous Post ..Don’t Be Sorry: Boost Your Attitude to Success =-.

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Catrien Ross April 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

King-of-a sort Lance, thank you for your gift of a laugh tonight. What’s that sugar pink and black thing slung over your left shoulder, like a Roman toga colored in neon?

I am laughing here in the mountains of Japan – your playfulness reached across so many miles. Thank you!

It’s a new day already, just past midnight – Catrien Ross.
.-= Catrien Ross´s Last Fabulous Post ..Catrien Ross on Getting Unstuck By Gently Letting Go =-.

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Lance April 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

@Cheryl – Hi Cheryl!! FUN is a big key in all of this…and a pretty awesome part of it, too!! Woohoo!!

@Catrien – Hey Catrien!!! Glad to hear I could bring some laughs!! And…that pink and black thing is a dress my daughter used to wear (she’s outgrown it…and…well…so have I!!). In fact, I think I’ve actually worn a dress more recently than she had (I KNOW – how scary is that thought!!!). From Wisconsin to Japan…with love…

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Hilary April 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Hi Lance .. how great .. one day I’ll be over to join you .. enjoy the times .. cheers Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pevensey Castle, Normans Bay, smuggling and family remembrances … Part 1 =-.

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Jody - Fit at 52 April 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm

How fun & exciting.. I know what my posts will be like come that weekend! About your post! 🙂

I just finished up my “girls gone wild weekend” with my high school friends & we had lots of laughter!!!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Lists to Achieve Success =-.

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Lisa (mommymystic) April 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

How perfect! I read about it before, but I will subscribe now…Wish I lived in NYC
.-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Gone Meditatin’ =-.

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Tim April 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

Hi Lance: LOL, nice makeover! I look forward to hearing more about your partnership and your mission to spread laughter.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Weekend Musical Diversion: God’s Promise =-.

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Ji April 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

adventurous and appealing idea.
Good Luck!
enjoyed your humor.

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Ji April 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

I see you in Jannie’s blog often,
nice to visit and meet you here,
welcome to my place:

http://www.jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com
or
http://www.itistimeformetothinkformyself.blogspot.com

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now April 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

It’s like two superheroes joining forces. That is fantastic. So many people spirits will be lifted and filled with joy.

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Rocky | R O C K O N O V A.COM April 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

laughing is definitely the best way to spend time =)

Have fun with The Levity Project !

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Darren Sproat April 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

LOL… reminds me of the day my girl painted my fingernails with sparkly pink nail polish! 🙂
Yes, Lance, I am laughing along with you.
Regards,
Darren
.-= Darren Sproat´s Last Fabulous Post ..No Such Thing as a Bully =-.

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Laura Hegfield April 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Very cool Lance!!! (pink suits you by the way, nice color choice)

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Lance April 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

@Hilary – Hey Hilary!! Thanks!! And who knows…maybe we’ll get over your way one day, too!! Now that would be fun!!

@Jody – Hi Jody!! (smiling) You are awesome!! And hey – a “girls gone wild” weekend – woohoo!! Way to whoop it up!!

@Lisa – Hey Lisa!! This is going to be loads of fun!! And you’ll be with us in spirit in NYC!! The next one will be in early June – in Los Angeles (although I won’t be at that one). Fun times!!

@Tim – Hey Tim!! You like that makeover!! I think if I wore it out in public, I’d get more “LOL’s” than “nice makeover” comments!! Hey, I could be wrong, though! And there will be more shared on all of this – both here and at The Levity Project website!!

@Ji – Hey Ji!! Great to meet you! Jannie is all sorts of awesome (it’s hard to stay away from that place!). And this shall all be fun times!!!

@Karl – Superheroes!!! I love it!!!! Okay, we’ll have to decide on some capes now!! And you know what? It takes one to know one!! To infinity and beyond!!!!

@Rocky – Hey Rocky! Yep, laughter is pretty much awesome all around!! And – yes sir!! Fun it will be!!

@Darren – Hey Darren!! Now that would be a GREAT picture – you with the painted nails!! Do you have one?? If not, I think you and your daughter have to do this one more time!!! It’s great to have you here, and thanks so much for all your amazing support!!

@Laura Hegfield – Hi Laura!! So…pink’s a good color for me, huh!!! Alright then (but I think I need a bigger size…the thing is wayyy too tight!!) Thanks much Laura!!

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Shannon April 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Oh my gosh what a great idea! I wish I lived in NY because I would so be there! You made me laugh not at the picture but at the lipstick denial 😉

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Jenn April 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Lance, I love this quote: “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” ~ Jean Houston
I must say that my Dad and my hubby and you are the funniest people I know. 😉 It makes me happy when I am laughing with all of you. 🙂 I look forward to following this next challenge.
hugs, Jenn

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Lance April 24, 2010 at 4:58 am

@Shannon – Ha!!! Yes, and I will continue to deny using lipstick!!! Yikes! I think you need some sort of special training to use it, anyway! And hey, you will be with us in spirit in NYC next weekend!!

@Jenn – Hey Jenn! I love that quote too, it just really touches upon the possibilities that laughter can create. And….I am touched by your words today. Really, they mean a lot – to be listed amongst the company of both your father and your husband….how sweet of you. Okay, so you will definitely be with me in spirit next weekend – and I shall laugh much! And…just so you know…Jenn…you make me happy… Love and hugs to you.

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Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com April 25, 2010 at 2:51 am

Haha that whole post was hilarious and awesome. That social idea definitely sounds like something I’d be interesting in participating. It’s like when Michael Jackson died and there was people around the world meeting up in town centres and doing huge co-ordinated crotch grabbing.

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