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June 23, 2020

My grandpa had told me about it. When you get there, you especially have to do this! We had finally made our destination. I had been so excited that it seemed like it took forever to get there. I went through the shops, but I could not find what I was looking for. Then I saw a sign that said there was more out back. I went and walked down a little street and came around a corner and there it was. In the midst of the rain, it glowed and beckoned me. I came and I stopped. It could not be right now, I had to find my wife or daughter so they could take a picture. I found them and they joined me at the destination. I climbed the steps, I paused and with passion sat down and had my picture taken. Some people were laughing, some were smiling, my wife and daughter were embarrassed and me, I had tears streaming down my face. I had now been to Wall Drug and had sat on the Jackalope and had had my picture taken. Another item to cross off my bucket list 😉!
“Like many young women, Joan Molinsky dreamed of a career on stage, entertaining the masses. She had a knack for making people laugh, so she opted for a career in comedy. However, her parents were skeptical, despite their daughter’s success in a number of small-time revues and local talent contests. Eager to see her perform in a club setting, Dr. Molinsky had his comedian-wanna-be daughter booked at the family’s beach club in New Rochelle, New York. The show was the club’s last of the summer, and Joan’s first dinner engagement.
Miss Molinsky started her act with a funny song, but the audience’s attention span lasted only as long as it took the dessert carts to visit their tables. In a matter of no time, the 300 people in attendance had resumed any and all conversations they’d had prior to the pretty, 20-something’s introduction on stage. Heartbroken and ignored, Joan ground her way through each of her numbers to the best of her ability, uttering a meek ‘thank you’ at the conclusion of her final song. Joan burst into the nearby kitchen, teary-eyed with embarrassment. Her parents were also embarrassed, not for their daughter so much as themselves. Their daughter had flopped, reinforcing their belief that Joan had no future in entertainment. Later that night, Dr. Molinsky told Joan that she would have to give up her dream of comedy and pursue a more realistic career choice. His daughter went ballistic. ‘I don’t care what you say! You don’t know,’ Joan screamed at her father. ‘I do have talent. It’s my life. It’s my choice how I live it.’
The fight eventually resulted in Joan moving out of her family’s home and returning to New York City. Living out of a local YWCA, she took up temporary work, while pursuing her dreams with a variety of troupes and shows. Her dedication eventually led to a stint with the prestigious Second City performers and a job in California as a writer and on-air ‘bait girl’ for Candid Camera. Despite her growing role in the show, host Allen Funt never could remember her first name, calling her everything from Jeri to Jeannie to Jackie. It was during her time with Candid Camera that Joan received a call from The Tonight Show, whom she had petitioned and pestered for over a year for a guest shot. They wanted her to appear with Johnny Carson. Calling in sick at Candid Camera, Joan prepared for the chance of a lifetime. Once on stage, Joan and Carson hit it off immediately, engaging in verbal jousts too funny to be scripted. In the end, Carson wiped tears of laughter from his eyes and said aloud to his millions of viewers, ‘God, you’re funny. You’re going to be a star.’
The next day, dozens of appearances offers flooded in from all over the country, putting Joan on comedy’s A-list. She also resigned from Candid Camera that day, much to the chagrin of an angry Funt, who’d watched his ‘sick’ employee on Carson the night before. Chomping down on a carrot stick, he chewed thoughtfully and said, ‘I think you’re making a big mistake, Jill.’ From that point on, no one would ever misidentify or underestimate Joan Rivers again.” (Curtis McAllister, Chicken Soup for the Soul)
We all have our quirks and our own unique bucket lists. What we may like, someone else may not and that is ok. The important thing is that we do not give up on our dreams, no matter how quirky they may be. Dreams and positive thoughts about the future is what can help us get through today. Think positive and believe. God bless and God’s got this.

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