"I like jokes. I like to tell jokes and I'm known in some areas of the country for at least trying to get a smile out of people by telling a joke or a funny story. Sometimes I start by saying "I've got a good joke for you." I get moans and groans and in some cases they would try to leave the room. But sometimes...if my timing was good a joke or story told well would get a good laugh. This book nails the good joke.
But seriously folks Mr. Parker has gathered some good ones in Kessler Country Homilies. But please read the introduction (which I usually overlook) because Mr. Parker sets the stage. Ground rules are layed down for a regular meeting if a bunch of irregular guys shooting the bull after work. Some of the jokes I have heard or have told before but there are Good Jokes in this book! He has the old standards, the laugh out loud jokes the groaners (my favorites) and a few of the "I didn't see that one coming." type.
I worked as a safety manager during a reconstruction project in NYC after Huricane Sandy flooded my plant in 2012. I had to give a 10 minute safety talk to a bunch of knuckle heads every day at 6 AM. I did it for six months. It was hard to do. I had to make my talk relevant and interesting and NO ONE wanted to hear any of it. So I started telling a joke to open or close the safety talk. The jokes had to be fairly PC, clean and hopefully funny. No profanity or crude language. I was searching everyday for a good joke to use. I wish I had this book back then! It is an awesome source of good ol' boy humor and "true" stories. Buy it, read a few pages every day, memorize one or two, give someone the gift of a groaner once in a while. Use this book to brighten someone's day. It will be good for both of you. Trust me. Right?
Small print: If you have read any of Parker's other books you will know this book has been cleared by the CIA. No kidding. Check it out