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Influences And The Influencers Who Influence Them

I used to work with a guy that was probably the greatest joke teller in the world. His name is Ken D. and he has a way of delivering a punch line that will just knock your socks off (Why do we say that? I mean, I know that it means something so great that you just can’t believe it but if you didn’t grow up speaking English it’s gotta be a pain listening to some of these idioms.). It took him a couple of tries before he realized that there were some jokes I just really did not want to hear, but after he had tested me a time or two and realized I was serious, he changed the way he did things. He would be telling a joke to a group of folks and if I walked by he would say, “Herb, just a minute, you really don’t want to hear this one.” Then he’d finish telling his story to that group and get a laugh and then he’d call me over and say, “Okay, herb. Here’s one you can even tell your pastor…” And he was right. He would tell some of the funniest jokes you ever heard and clean as a whistle. I appreciated Ken’s respect as well as his sense of humor. I was thinking about him the other day when I was talking about a couple of other blogs I used to have. I had one called “Herb’s Humor with the tagline, Jokes so clean you can tell your pastor.” A slightly modified version of this very paragraph was tacked at the top of the blog.

Now I have plenty to do to just maintain this one blog and I incorporate my humor and things I find funny into posts as time permits. I have a lot more followers these days as well as a lot less time, so everything gets dumped here. Who was Ken D.? A maintenance guy at big-name insurance company where I worked over twenty years ago. What would he think about having been an influence on me? He’d probably laugh and crack a joke about it, likely thank me for saying nice things about him.


15 responses to “Influences And The Influencers Who Influence Them”

  1. WebbBlogs Avatar

    Sounds like a nice and respectful guy. I just read your last post, hope your feeling better Herb. 🙂

    1. Herb Avatar

      This got posted accidentally. I had more to say about different people but when I use the WP app on the phone I always mess something up. But yes, Ken was a good guy.

  2. Amber Avatar

    Good people like that, that respect you are very important to remember.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I had more but I accidentally hit to publish button on the WP app on the phone.

  3. haoyando Avatar

    Hi, Herb, please tell us the jokes he told you. You are apparently teasing your readers without revealing the underlying fun stuff.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Actually, I accidentally hit publish on this post before it was near completion. I was going to just take it back down but then I saw several people had commented on it already. I try to put jokes and humorous items in a lot of my posts.

      1. haoyando Avatar

        Yes, I’ve read every one of them and they are quite funny. Please keep it up and jokes are very important, especially during the high stress holiday season…

        1. Herb Avatar

          Thank you.

  4. haoyando Avatar

    Well, as a non-native speaker, I am especially interested in knowing the jokes I don’t understand. LOL. That’s my hobby …

    1. Herb Avatar

      If you don’t get any of mine I will be happy to help you with it.

  5. Matt Avatar

    Very nice

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks. He was a good guy.

  6. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View Avatar

    Nice thoughts 🤣😎🙃

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

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