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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, March 7, 2007 Issue Number 208

1. Is Driving Driving Drivers Crazy?
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Is Driving Driving Drivers Crazy?

An American study by psychologist David Lewis found that
some commuters can experience the same levels of stress as
a police officer facing a riotous mob or a fighter pilot
going into battle! According to a Statistics Canada study,
the most miserable commuters were those who, not surprisingly,
had the longest commute and those folks that used a combo of
driving and mass transit, whereas the happiest commuters were
those who rode their bikes to work. One more tidbit to ponder
on your drive/walk/ride/swim home today: in a Globe and Mail
newspaper poll, 27% of commuters thought most about work issues
during their commute, while another 27% (perhaps in the happier
category?) thought most about sex during their daily commute.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip – Enjoy the Journey!

Get creative to lighten your mood during your commute. In Tel
Aviv, you can board a “yoga bus” where yoga instructors
guide passengers through breathing and stretching exercises.
In Moscow, commuters can register online and swap jobs with
someone who has a similar job, but who works closer to their
home. Employees in a company in L.A. don clown noses at the
end of each working day to help laugh off the day’s stressors.
In Toronto, you can sign up for a course that teaches you to
calm your road raged nerves through poetry. So try something
different if the road is taking a toll on your mood. Sing
like a fool, listen to comedy tapes or practice reframing
your road rage stressors so that the only bird you’ll flip
is a rubber chicken!
3. Quote of the Week

Here’s some advice for stressed out commuters: “He who would
travel happily must travel light.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Two very lazy seabirds (nicknamed Fred & Freda), are regular
commuters aboard a ferry in Britain. Although they are capable
of flying thousands of miles, the birds hop aboard the 8:15 a.m.
ferry to catch a ride to their feeding grounds, then return home
every day at 4:30 p.m. on the last ferry home. They have yet to
miss the last ferry back home.

Happy Hump Day! May the farce be with you both to and from work.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007
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