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Happy April Fools’ Day

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With more than 1,000 people dying a day from the coronavirus in the United States now, it’s difficult to think about making jokes.

But, I got my first shot of the Moderna vaccine today, so that’s something.

I waited to get vaccinated because I’m allergic to penicillin and have some immune system problems.

After research, I was just thinking about getting it so I called my doctor’s office Tuesday to see if they had Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson so I could decide. I was leaning toward Moderna.

The receptionist said, “I’ll check,” and she returned to the phone and said “You can get vaccinated Thursday.”

Wow. I decided to take a chance. So far, so good. Just a slight headache. I even went to the capital grounds to take photos afterwards

My daughter Lisa in Spain is good at April Fools’ Day jokes. Her husband’s birthday is on April 1, so she's brought out a banana with a candle and acted like it was a cake, presented a pineapple with a drawing of Sponge Bob inside, wrapped an empty box, and wrapped one of the kid's clothes with an "Oops, your present shrunk."

I did some quick research and sent this list:

  • Announce to your family that you'll be making some “brownies” for everyone. Cut out a stack of the letter “E” from brown construction paper, fill a pan with them, and cover with tinfoil. Announce that you’re done making “brownies.”
  • Buy a pack of Oreos, remove the cream, replace it with white toothpaste, and reassemble.
  • Cut out a shape on black paper that vaguely looks like a frighteningly large insect, and then attach it to the inside of a lampshade. When somebody comes in and flips on the light, the first thing they’ll see is the shadow of a bug that looks like it could bite off a finger.
  • Attach a tiny piece of tape over the laser sensor on the underside of a remote or mouse, which will temporarily block the signal. Use the right color – if the remote is black and you don't have any black tape, use a sharpie to color in it.

My daughter emailed back and said she thought of something.

She wrapped a small photo album they’d prepared with some photos of when her husband was young and put it in a big oversized box. She said, “This is so heavy, I need help carrying it.” So the kids helped her pretend it was really heavy. Then he looked under a bunch of recycled paper, and he found the light photo album.

After a laugh, they said they had a little present for him. They brought in the real present, a special, huge painting of the kids painted by their cousin.

April fool.


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