Strike two!


The funny thing that happened to me on the way to the Catch today makes me wonder if I want to keep this “lighten up” theme going all week for fear of what might happen the rest of the week, since what is funny seems to always come at my expense. This one my wife relishes because it came as a result of turning the dining room table into my office in the early morning — something she is not at all fond of.

In order to plug my laptop in when the battery gets low, I have to run the cord from a wall plug in the next room, around the corner and under the dining room table to my computer. Well today, my foot caught the cord as I walked around the table and I went down like a ton of bricks, slamming my face into the wall. Often you have time to brace yourself for a fall like this, but this was just “Wham!” and I was instantly down before I even knew what happened. Fortunately there wasn’t any permanent damage to my face except for a couple of bruises. I can’t say the same for my glasses, however, but they needed to be replaced anyway. To be sure, this wasn’t very funny to me at the time, but if you could have seen it, it would have been hilarious — the kind of thing that happens all the time in cartoons and slapstick. Someone goes flying and smashes into a wall. In the cartoon, I can see the guy sliding down the wall with eyes crossed and little birds twittering around his head.

It reminded me of the time I opened the back door from the garage on a skunk right where I would step out onto the deck. I was so shocked, I tried to slam the door while still keeping my eye on the skunk without realizing I couldn’t do that without slamming the door on my head. Duh … I’m really glad there was no one there to see that one!

And finally, Marti got into the act this morning. She just ran the K-cup coffee maker without anything to catch the coffee. Strike one for Marti. Unfortunately, one more strike for me and I’m out.

Keep safe, everybody. It looks like we’re closing down again — at least here in California. Find something to laugh about and keep praying. Pray for those at risk and especially those who can’t do anything about it, like those in nursing homes and prisons and areas of town where people are forced to live close together.

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And look for people in your neighborhood like elderly or shut-ins who may need help.

And finally, if you have a funny story, send it to me. Save me from a strikeout!

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10 Responses to Strike two!

  1. Gregg says:

    Sorry about your accident. How did the wall come out with all of this. I usually have some repair work WHEN it happens to me. God Bless.

  2. Ruth says:

    Thanks for the chuckle even at your expense. And thanks for how you prayer teams available!

  3. Paul Sonkowsky says:

    Ouch. Before you do any more of these, you might need a full set of armor? Ephesians 6:10-18 and maybe a physical, metal one too?

  4. John A Fagliano says:

    I’m sure I’m not alone. This must have happened to somebody already during these pandemic days. I was out the door and down the steps when I realized I forgot my mask. Rushing back in and putting it on while running out the door, I poked myself in the eye with it. I guess those darn things ARE unsafe! (jk)

  5. Mark D Seguin says:

    I can empathize with you day Pastor John & gorgeous Marti, my day started off my spilling all of my one of my type II diabetes meds over the floor and instantly I thought of what one of my favorite motivation speaker’s says “Don’t ever claim a bad day, claim a character building day,” which I did. Than as I get all of the pills, but 2 picked up, I step closer to them & hit the chair which causes me to tip the med bottle & the pills all go flying out! – After mumbling a few choice words and thinking being an one handed handicapped man is NOT fun sometimes! Plus getting dressed this morning was sooo much fun…

    Than thank God my physical therapist took it easy on me, this early afternoon, but than my iPhone locks-up and thank Gods again Traycee my home health aide has had to happen to her before and knew to just turn it off for a while and it fix itself when starting back up…

    And get a message from UPS they damaged my Vegan dinners that were suppose to be delivered today, so none of the Vegan food I already paid for, will have for dinner today…

    Having a a character building day!!! LOL

    • jwfisch says:

      Well, Mark, just think of all that character building you’e going t through. Actually, if you can laugh abut it, that helps. After all, we are just human.

  6. Paul Sonkowsky says:

    This probably counts as two strikes in one since I managed to damage both myself and the house in one go. Some years ago I brought my younger son home from a birthday party that involved water play. I put his swimsuit in the sink of the upstairs bathroom and started the water running to rinse it, then stepped away for a moment. Of course then I got distracted and forgot about it for a while, even going to sit downstairs. Later, prompted by a vague, nagging thought that I might have forgotten something, I trudged back up to the bathroom. While approaching, I heard a lot of water running, realized what I’d forgotten, and ran in. My feet instantly went out from under me on the linoleum floor, and I slammed straight down onto my elbow. It turns out that the swimsuit had blocked the sink’s overflow hole, allowing the water I’d left running to fill up the sink and start pouring out onto the floor. The water covered the linoleum floor in the bathroom and ran out into the bedroom to soak the carpet there. To this day a line on the ceiling, downstairs, shows where the water damage reached. And I ended up with a torn tendon or ligament in my shoulder (didn’t need surgery, thankfully).

  7. Sandie says:

    Auditioning for a teen event, our band did a few songs for the church elders from that venue. I was slated to open with our first song. Minutes before we began my mind went totally blank and I couldn’t remember the opening words. Frantic, I begged my fellow lead singer to tell me what they were. She replied, “I remember.” After a few go-rounds with this, and me ready to strangle her for holding out, she finally grabbed my shoulders, shook me and looking me dead in the eye said emphatically…”The first words to The Prodigal are”…you guessed it!…”I REMEMBER.!”
    Then I was just a blonde…now I’m a blonde going grey! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
    Oh…another brain hiccup…
    While in the middle of singing For Annie (Petra), a haunting song about a suicide, my brain decided to take a break without informing me. I totally lost my train of thought; the words went off the track with it, and I was wondering who the heck was Annie and why was I singing about her?! My husband noticed it quickly and signaled the band to come around to the verse again and I picked it up with no one but us the wiser. God bless live music!
    As for no one witnessing you slamming the garage door on your poor head…there was the skunk you know. He and his buddies probably laughed their stripes off!
    Laugh and be kind!
    Jeremiah 29:11

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