Good Morning Citizens,
I apologize for being negative in regards to Drum Circles yesterday. Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean they are a bad thing. I can think of a thousand things worse. Flag wavers for starters... but don’t get me started. The idea behind a drum circle is a beautiful thing and I should not let my musical snobbery get in anyone’s way - like it even could.
So drummers every where... drum your little butts off, dance, sing, live, love, have sex, take care of your and love your children, pay your bills, don’t litter, do your job, love your job, ride your bicycle, go camping. love your partner, grow old and rest assured there will always be someone, like me, ready and willing to die defending your right to do so, even if you have no rhythm.
WHAT IS LAUGH CLUB?
Laugh club is not a new idea, people have been laughing for as long as they’ve been...well, you know. It feels good to laugh, but that probably isn’t why we are hardwired to do it. It’s more likely that we laugh because it is healthy - it is good for us - it can make us live longer and be a better human. That is the intent or reason for the Laugh Club. And the first rule of Laugh Club is to always talk about Laugh Club.
WHO CAN JOIN?
Anyone that can make it out to the middle of the field in Memorial Park in 5-Points. Anyone.
Laughing is good, laughing is healthy, laughter is for everyone.
But, don’t just take my word for it, here’s an experts opinion. From ABC news...
"Learning ability and delayed recall become more challenging as we age," said study author Dr. Gurinder S. Bains, a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences. "Laughing with friends or even watching 20 minutes of humor on TV, as I do daily, helps me cope with my daily stressors."
WHY DO I THINK I AM QUALIFIED TO LEAD THE LAUGH CLUB?
#1 - Have you met me?
#2 - I spent 2 ½ years as a licensed EMT while in the Army, were I served as a paramedic for a GI and Dependent population of around 5000. I’ve delivered babies - performed CPR - set broken bones - transported injured and pulled victims from burning cars. I know how to handle an emergency - plus in case we should ever (and I doubt it) need help, St. Vincent’s ER is about ½ mile away. I’ve also brushed up on my first aid CPR, and will have small First-Aid Kit just in case It’s like falling off of a bicycle - you don’t forget the basics.
#3 - I have had parkinson’s for over 10 years now, If I can laugh, anyone can.
#4 - I have a smart phone and know the number for 911.
If this idea catches on I will seek certification from one of the organizations that do such things, I’m trying to turn it into an excuse for a trip to India. I will also certify myself in CPR and First Aid. By catching on I mean having 10 or so weekly participants - I consider that a success. I’ll even make t-shirts and stickers, and our own Facebook page!
A Video You Should Watch
This video explains some of the science behind Laugh Club and gives you a glimpse as to what to expect. What we will be doing is similar but designed around the cultures of the group, so keep an open mind and trust me. Trust me and we’ll all laugh our selves towards a healthier and funnier life.
There will be some light stretching/warm up exercises so wear comfortable clothes. Also we will be standing for around an hour. I will bring a couple of chairs, please feel free to bring one also if standing will pose a problem for you (you can laugh just as well sitting down)
If you have any serious medical condition please let me know whenever you come for the first time. Your privacy will always be respected. Also, I would like to have everyone’s name and contact info - I’ll be the man with the clipboard and funny hat.
Our biggest concern will be dehydration, so always bring some water with you - we will provide some in case you forget. Also, sunburn could become an issue, so wear a hat and sunscreen.
AS ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DOING ANYTHING NEW.
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meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\