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How to Know When You’re the Opposite of Handy

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Construction Humor, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Banter, Funny Construction, Funny Do It Yourself, Funny Dog, Funny Embarrassment, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Handyman, Funny Hobby, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Pain, Funny Technology, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Offbeat, Outrageous, Romp, Satire, Screwball, Slice of Life

“Real” men know how to make and repair things. They’re even able to improvise. I’m always astonished when one of my friends assembles furniture out of ferns. I’m not feeling as bad about my shortcomings as I used to. Nowadays, most things are so complex that when they break down, the only recourse is to […]

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How to Know When You’ve Become a Certain Kind of Writer (wink wink)

February 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, Bad Taste, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Cop Humor, Cute, Farce, Funny Embarrassment, Funny Erotica, Funny R-rated, Funny Sex, Funny Writing Story, Jokes, Lifestyle, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Puns, Romp, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Surrounded by racy stories in the media everywhere these days, I sometimes find myself caught up in the flow and straying out of bounds with my material. To help you discover whether or not you may be flirting with the same R-rated conundrum, here are a dozen tell-tale signs that, wittingly or otherwise, you’ve acquired some expertise in writing the […]

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My Dentist and I Argue over Oral Hygiene

November 21st, 2013 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cute, Dentist Humor, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Horror, Funny Pain, Funny Rant, Funny Script, Funny Torture, General Humor, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Medical Humor, Oddball, Offbeat, Romp, Scary, Screwball, Silly, Twisted, Video Script, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

I went to the dentist’s office this morning. To help foster a personal touch, there’s a notation on my chart that I’m an economist, so she usually begins our sessions by asking me where I think interest rates are headed. This time, however, my body language was such that she skipped the formalities and we […]

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Too Soon? Too Much? Too Bad

November 9th, 2013 · No Comments · Afterlife, American Humor, Amusing, Bad Taste, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Comedians, Cute, Disturbing, Entertainment, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Embarrassment, Funny Irony, General Humor, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Macabre, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Retribution, Revenge, Romp, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Tasteless, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Certain professional comedians believe they have a sacred duty to uncover something funny in every situation ‒ natural disasters and human misfortune be damned. As an individual who often writes material that is intended to be humorous, I may sympathize with this approach even while cringeing. When the average man or woman attempts such levity, […]

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“Two Scoops” Is Just Right – Now Available!

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Cute, Economic Humor, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Dog, Funny Family, Funny Irony, Funny Rant, Funny Workplace, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Irony, Jokes, Lifestyle, Love, Mystery, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Paranormal, Religious allegory, Romance, School Days, Science Fiction, Screwball, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Time Travel, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

A collection of some of the stories appearing on this blog site. Mr. Carrick’s entertaining books are perfect for when you want to relax. They are also spot-on gifts for almost any occasion. To order “Two Scoops” Is Just Right for Kindle from Amazon,  please click here. “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! can be obtained by pressing  here. “Four Scoops” […]

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My Wife and I Argue over our Travel Plans (Hey, I’m not Cheap but…)

November 30th, 2012 · 7 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Absurd, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Family, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, Funny Outrageous, Funny Travel, Jokes, Lifestyle, Oddball, Offbeat, Screwball, Slice of Life, Sweet, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

I don’t understand how women think. It’s been a mystery to me all my life and I expect it will continue to confound me ‘til the day I die. I had a perfectly reasonable idea for how our family should spend the holidays this year. It was practical, do-able and would have saved us a […]

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Bad Teeth and Smelly Feet (a.k.a., Toronto’s Plastic Bag Ban)

June 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Economic Humor, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Embarrassment, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Government, Funny Politics, Funny Rant, Funny Smell, Funny Toronto, Green Environment, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Outrageous, Political Humor, Rant, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Whimsy

Toronto City Council recently banned the use of plastic bags beginning January 1, 2013. It’s a tremendous source of comfort to me that our elected officials are always looking out for what’s in our best interests, whether we know it or not.   My family of five will no longer be able to tote home […]

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How to Know When You’re a Hypochondriac

April 23rd, 2012 · 1 Comment · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, General Humor, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Macabre, Medical Humor, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Screwball, Slice of Life, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

There are certain tell-tale signs that let you know if and when you’ve become a hypochondriac. The following is a brief list. There are many more indicators, but logging them would take an effort that might better go towards looking after my (I mean your) health. (1) You bought your first coffin when you were aged […]

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Borderline with Blemishes

March 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Afterlife, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Difficult Decisions, Family, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Feel Good, Funny Character Study, Funny Psychology, Funny Writing Story, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Lifestyle, Literary, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Religion, Religious allegory, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Theology, Uplifting, Whimsy

“Ogden almost committed a crime today.” The angel Ecanus was talking with the angel Gavreel in heaven’s lounge area. They’d had a hard day monitoring their charges.  There were still hours to go, but they were stealing a few quiet moments. “Almost? Is that good news?” asked Gavreel. “In Ogden’s case, yes. I know we’re […]

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The Yin and Yang of Canadian Meteorology

February 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cottage Life, Cute, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Toronto, Funny Weather, Funny Winter, General Humor, General Interest, Jokes, Lifestyle, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Whimsy, Zany

We’re experiencing a winter without snow in Toronto. Actually, it’s been a late 2011 and early 2012 without much of a winter. In technical terms, the days between December 21 and March 21 are marching by. But they’re scurrying along much quicker without my having to shovel snow and worry about skidding all over the road while […]

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