I understand all too well. I’ve learned to use my “inside voice” when I wanna crack a “dark” joke. I so fear hurting/offending someone.

At the company Christmas party last year, they did a present swap thing (clearly I did not participate). One girl got a box of hot sauces and without any irony, at all, she said: “Anyone wanna try my hot sauce?” She was dead serious.

Most people just ignored it and I looked around the room. I turned to my friend, “How is no one touching this?” He just stared straight ahead, “Don’t dude, just don’t.”

I didn’t but in my head? Oh yes, yes I did.

Humor is subjective and too often people are too easily hurt. A shame really.

“Yeah, I know I ain’t nobody’s bargain — But, hell, a little touch-up and a little paint” — Bruce Springsteen

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