Today’s riddle: What do you call a bear with no ears?

When I worked for the FAA, I transferred to a new office as an Airspace System Inspection Pilot. I was the only female pilot in the organization. As the new kid on the block and as a woman to boot, I needed a defense strategy to maintain my self-confidence and professionalism. I turned to humor. One of the electronics technicians would visit my cubicle every morning and I began telling him jokes: a joke a day. I had a stockpile of them and our morning ritual went on for months. We became good friends. Eventually, though, I ran out of jokes and we continued to have our morning coffee together. He especially liked it when I told self-deprecating “blond jokes.” I didn’t like telling ethnic jokes, but poking fun at myself was okay. I think that was the basis of our friendship. He knew that I could laugh at myself and not take things too seriously. I still try to laugh at my own foibles and when I find I can’t, I know it’s time to step back, smile and say, “Lighten up.”

The answer: B


About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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1 Response to riddle

  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks, Darleen. I am so glad I had the chance to spend a little time with you over the years. I have known some essential women in my life and you are one of those. I hope you and Bud have a great day.


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