Good old buddy Mark Twain, maybe the greatest American writer ever to put pen to paper, said that "The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven."
When things seem to be going wrong, it is humor that can carry you through. Or at least help temporarilly, until you get your bearings back.
On a different note altoghether, I just saw a picture in the paper of Richard Nixon and Elvis, the King, shaking hands as he and Elvis met in the Oval Office to talk about E. becoming a secret agent against the drug problem in the country. No, seriously. Talk about irony and incongruity.
I mean, The King and the Prez
Apparently, Mr. Nix gave Elvis a badge that made him an "agent at large." Well. He did get large, and he did have an insiders knowledge of the drug scene, as we have all found out.
This year he would have been 72 years of age. Think of Elvis on Medicare.
Maybe it is better that our icons die young.