Jay Horne’s Basic Humor

Jay Horne
4 min readMay 12

When is the last time you laughed?

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I’ve been staying in Miami, Florida now for the past year, and I must say that I have dubbed it, The City of Basic Humor.

People laugh here often. Thing is, sometimes I’m unsure if someone is laughing because they feel obligated or because they are truly feeling exuberant.

I hear a co-worker laugh at an age-old joke, and the laughter catches like wildfire. Soon, the whole office is laughing and I wonder, am I the only one here who has heard that before?
Maybe it’s my sense of humor that is old news. Or perhaps, being a writer has left me a little shell-shocked.

I think of working the counter of a convenient store back in Atlanta and how the migrant workers would just kinda look at me and smile with a few crumpled old bills in their hands.
The poor guys just wanted a can of beer after work, but I had to gingerly pluck the required currency from their unsteady fists with uncertainty.
In the meantime they’d just laugh and nod in a way that said, “I hope that is the right amount, because I wouldn’t know either way.”

Sometimes, a laugh is the only sure sign of polite compromise and understanding. Maybe, that’s why Miami seems to be the city of basic humor.

There must be a hundred different nationalities bundled together here on the east coast’s head of America’s penis. The state just dangles down here like an overripe low hanging fruit.
Probably, only the democrats are interested in plucking it. Fortunately, they’ll most likely have to wait for it to completely fall off the vine.

No laugh? Well, if you’re a Democrat reading this in the company of a Republican, I am sure it would only be a chuckle of modest decency.

And why not? A modest chuckle may prevent a political argument, after all.

Laughing prevents a lot of needless or unwanted engagement. In fact, laughter ends the majority of impromptu social conversations. Especially uncomfortable ones. That is, when one party doesn’t suddenly remember that they’ve left their refrigerator running.

This is strange, because according to Scientific America, laughing is a signal for

Jay Horne

Jay has been publishing for 12 years but was writing creatively since just a tike. His writing has matured but most of it is immature like Terry Pratchett's.