I'd read the prompts for NaBloPoMo in advance before we left for vacation, and honestly, some of them had me stumped. Like the favorite joke, for example. For all of the pranksters and jokesters in my family, I don't have an arsenal of jokes at my disposal.
I asked my son, and he told me this one: "What kind of shirt does a golfer wear? A TEE shirt!"
"Do you know why that's funny?" I asked him.
"No," he admitted.
I explained the joke, and then asked, "so how did you learn that joke?"
He shrugged. "I read it on a popsicle stick today."
And really, isn't that just the sort of place you learned some of the favorite silly jokes from your elementary school years?
I asked around at the family reunion we went to, and the really funny thing? Is that most people are still telling the same jokes they told in the third grade.
Potatoes are in season at my CSA. So here are some seasonal third grade jokes for you ... and a potato salad.
How do you describe an angry potato? Boiling Mad.
What do you call a baby potato? A small fry!
What do you say to an angry 300-pound baked potato? Anything, just butter him up.
Why did the potato cross the road? He saw a fork up ahead. Why didn’t the mother potato want her daughter to marry the famous newscaster? Because he was a commentator.
Why wouldn’t the reporter leave the mashed potatoes alone? He desperately wanted a scoop.
Why do potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep their eyes peeled.
Potato Salad (the bad-for-you old school kind)
A few red potatoes, boiled and sliced attractively
The spring onions (not to be confused with green onions) you didn't use from your CSA share last week
Some parsley that is about to go to seed, chopped finely
Hard cooked eggs, if you like them (I'm against segregated eggs, myself)
Anything else you feel like throwing in there, chopped finely
Mayonnaise, to your liking
Apple cider or red wine vinegar, a splash to thin the mayonnaise
A splash of water
Salt, preferably sea salt, to sprinkle liberally
Taste off the dressing. If you don't like it, add something. If you like it, pour it all over the top of your potatoes. Refrigerate to let the flavors blend.