Software for the finest computer – The Mind


Posted by Tim Bryce on September 14, 2012


– Why we need a light hearted distraction now and then.

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There’s not too much to laugh about these days; unemployment is still high, our economy is still in shambles, and the media has the general populace whipped into a frenzy over the elections in the Fall. In fact, the general disposition of the country is rather depressing, which is why it is refreshing to see or hear something that lifts our spirits, something a little silly. As for me, not long ago I was waiting in line at my bank’s drive-in window when a man drove up on a red motorcycle whom I judged to be in his sixties. This was no ordinary motorcycle as it had an attached sidecar with a golden retriever proudly perched inside wearing goggles and a red bandana. It appeared the dog was enjoying himself immensely and didn’t seem encumbered by the attire his owner had dressed him in. The sight of the dog stopped everyone in their tracks, both in and outside of the bank. The bank tellers called their colleagues to the window to see him, and the other patrons waiting in line rolled down their window to get a better look. He was simply a very cool pooch who seemed to enjoy the attention, as did his master.

This particular couple have become regulars in our area and are often seen on the roadways around Palm Harbor, a tiny community on the suncoast of Florida. Everywhere the two go, they are met by smiles and pointed fingers. They lift the spirits of people wherever they go. Golden retrievers are pretty cool dogs to begin with, but when you add goggles and a bandana, they become real hams. It’s as if they know what they’re doing and are daring you not to laugh. I’ve seen other types of dogs sitting in sidecars, but the golden retriever seems to own it, particularly if he is dressed properly.

Now, more than ever we need a little silly in our lives. Walking around in a depressed or angry mood can make for some rather deep psychological scars. It is important to now and then do something a little silly thereby lifting the mood of others and ourselves. I believe our friend with the motorcycle is very cognizant of this, which is why the pair take to the streets like Batman and Robin to bring a little cheer to the citizens of our area. We don’t know exactly who the Dynamic Duo are, as their goggles conceal their identity, but they are warmly welcomed wherever they go. It’s a nice little silly that can break the tension regardless of who you are or the problems you are experiencing. For one brief moment, you cannot help by being distracted, thanks to a little silly.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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7 Responses to “A LITTLE SILLY”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An R.B. of Yellow Springs, Ohio wrote…

    “Yes, it is a little silly, but you will find yourself smiling for sure!”


  2. Tim Bryce said

    A C.W. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    ” AYE!…I have seen this pair for myself…My wife & I always chuckle, point and chuckle again…I must admit, I never noticed the color of the bike until you pointed it out….thanks for the most needed grins…”


  3. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    ” Have you ever stopped to consider that laughter is an expression of pain? In no instance if you really look at it, is laughter anything but pain relief.. if you tell a joke sometihng in the joke is being slamed or hurt is some way. It does not feel good to be tickledd. and when you watch the antics of someone falling down the scene if funny all though you know it hurt. Laughter is what God gae us to relieve pain of the mind. The more laughter we create the more pain we get rid of in the world…

    I am happy for the man and his dog as I am sure he knows he is spreading good will and laughter. That is a great reward for he who gives reason for laughter.”


  4. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “That why Hollywood made soooo many movies back in the 30’s and 40’s, to get our collective minds lifted. Too bad Hollywood is so dysfunctional now. They could have a rebirth…”


  5. Tim Bryce said

    An S.G. of Emmett, Idaho wrote…

    “That is totally my role at work, to provide light heartedness, laughter and silliness.”


  6. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “This made me smile, just reading it. You’re right, Tim, the times we live in are no laughing matter, but it won’t matter if we laugh a little. We’ll feel better, too.”


  7. Tim Bryce said

    A J.D. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “You are right about the need to be a little silly every now and then, especially in these times.”


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