Everyone likes a bit of silliness. Today I’m feeling silly, so here’s a list of some little things that I go out of my way to do that just make my day a little bit more fun. Most of these I did today, but a few are more reserved for special occasions. And remember, the 100% rule is definitely in play here.
At The Store
- Yell “STOP!” Then pause. Then, in your best Diana Ross, continue “…in the name of love…”
- Announce a random dance, and see if anyone impulsively reacts.
- Good choices: Disco! Gangnam Style! Macarena! Hula!
- Bad choices: Tango! Twerk! Stripper Pole!
- If there are more than two aisles open next to one another, stand with one foot in both. If someone asks you which line you’re in, just say “I’m playing the odds.”
- I have actually gotten some people to say, “That’s smart. I never thought of that.”
- Pretend to struggle to say someone’s name at the checkout counter. For example, today at the Middleton Walgreens,
- “Hello, nice to meet you…Mawr–yee?” “It’s pronounced Mary.” “Aww, so close. I bet you get that a lot.” (Her response? “All the time,” with a smile. Thanks for being a good sport Mary!)
- When they scan your Walgreens card, clutch your stomach and moan, pretending you’ve been shot. That normally gets a laugh or two.
- When you sign your signature on one of those pads, go “yeah, this is why they didn’t trust me with the declaration of independence.”
- Give them a heartfelt-but-harmless misplaced greeting upon leaving.
- “Happy Hanukkah!”
- “Say hi to your mom for me!”
- “Hope your court date goes well!”
- “See ya in Vegas!”
In an Elevator
- When you’re pressing the button for someone, sing “Smooth Operator.”
- The second the doors close, then declare an Elevator Dance Party! Goal of the game: dance until the doors open, then act natural, last person to stop dancing loses.
- Make sure your phone is cued up to play music. Good choices for this game are “TiK ToK” and “Shake it Off.”
- This next one actually works anywhere, and the first time I did it, it was in a parking lot in Amherst. Pick up your phone and brusquely ask to speak to someone, “Hello, may I please speak with Hilda?” After a few moments, sweetly sing “Happy Birthday.” I actually discovered this in Amherst; I was leaving a friend a singing voicemail at her office phone, and a girl who was walking past me at the exact moment I started the birthday song broke out laughing as she passed me. Either she was amused at my immediate change in demeanor, or she just loves overhearing people singing it.
At the Gym
- Locker room showers = perfect acoustics for that Adele impression. In case you’re wondering who’s doing that in the SERF, it’s me, and it’s because my ears are so soapy that I can’t hear how loud I am.
- Sing while under the hair dryer, and try to time it so that you stop when the dryer stops.
If All Else Fails…
- “Yes, sir, is there anything else I can do for you?” “Scotch on the rocks?”
- “Let’s fold scarves!”