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