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What my gut says

BY LesOverhead / Gut instincts, humor, Quotes, writing / 0 COMMENTS

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It’s true, I’ve got a gut. It’s not a huge gut, but still I must admit it is indeed a gut. Unlike a washboard gut, it’s more of a “washtub” gut, as my wife jokes.

My gut has instincts like our President’s gut, but I would never make life or death decisions based on those instincts. My gut instincts are more like not to use the mayo that’s been in the fridge for years. Or not to wear a Speedo in public.

One thing my gut tells me is that laughing is good for you, particularly during tough times. Of course, that’s not exactly a revelation. My gut is no genius, but it does have a sense of humor. Research shows that infants and kids laugh multiple times a day and as we age we stop laughing as much. We get serious. That’s sad. My gut says we should try to make each other laugh.

With that in mind, here are some things that have made me laugh.

From the Internets:

- I haven’t cleaned the house for 2 years because I’ve never had the time. Now I see that wasn’t the reason.
- If you have trouble staying home and social distancing, shave your eyebrows.
- Wash your hands well, as if you were making dinner for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Sometimes I wish I was an octopus so I could slap eight people at once (then wash all my hands).

Funny quotes:

- Never slap someone who is chewing tobacco. (Octopuses take heed.)
Will Rogers
- It is an ironic habit of humans to run faster when we have lost our way.
Rollo May, Psychologist
- If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.
Woody Allen

Kids notes to God:

- Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones why don’t you just keep the ones you got now? - Drew
- Dear God, I am an American. What are you? - Emily
- Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love every body in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. - Satchell
- Dear God, I went to a wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that ok? - Hazel

Babies laughing uproariously:

Hope you have a laugh today, or several.

Be smart, be kind, be funny.


BY LesOverhead / communication, Creative, future, humor, kangaroo, Wizard of Oz, writing / 0 COMMENTS

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Les Overhead Freelance Miner

BY LesOverhead / Uncategorized / 0 COMMENTS

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Back in the mine I went today. Like every day. Descending deep into a shaft with my bag of hammers and chisels and my daily peanut-butter and pickles sandwich.

At the 2,000 foot level I enter the black hole of a tunnel with my headlamp on, searching for signs of ore, a sliver of an idea to dig out and bring to the surface. I probe, pound, and break off drill bits on the hard granite walls. My face becomes caked with sweat and dirt. Even wrapped in tin foil, my sandwich is dusty at lunch. Invisible particles of inspiration get into everything. Even my hair of which I have little.

But alas, it was an empty vein. No ore for this poor miner. But I’ll be back tomorrow. And with aching muscles and my bag of dirt-covered tools over my shoulder, I emerge from the mine and head to a bar. To wash down my dry imagination.



20 Odd Years In Business

The true, sober story of Les Overhead.

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I was leaving to buy a keg for a party in the mountains outside Missoula when the phone rang. I picked it up in a hurry. A woman asked if I had recently applied for a job with a radio station in Whitefish.

“Uh, yeah, did I get the job?” I replied, anxious to move the conversation along.

“Not yet. Are you available for an interview?” I wondered if she was in town and wanted to meet right then.

“Not for the next 24 hours,” I said. "To be honest, I'm on my way to buy beer for a party in the mountains."

“I meant next week," she said. She no doubt heard me hit myself in the head with the phone. Well, I blew that I thought.

But I was wrong. I somehow landed the job and showed up for work two weeks later, shaven and sober. After a couple years punching out radio copy on a Smith Corona and doing odd jobs like radio play-by-play for donkey basketball games I headed west.

Eventually, I ended up in Portland where I caught on with a series of ad agencies. I got into everything: print ads, brochures, radio and TV spots, creative disputes… Many words were exchanged. Nobody got hurt.

One day in the shower a hair circled the drain and it dawned on me. I should use my head and get off this manic ad agency merry-go-round. Go to work for myself and provide creative help to anyone with a good company or cause.

That day Les Overhead was born. Freelance Creative Director/Copywriter. A man of his word.

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