- Dear All
Though I haven't read the postings about the Joy Flu yet I have been
hearing about it from other Centre members. Though I'm not up with
all the symptoms I'm convinced Adelaide has the bug. Working at JOY-
DISCOVERY can one expect anything less?
It's been stirring for quite a while - we could all feel something
was happening, but last week things just got out of control.
With a ginormous opening parade and celebrations of all fanfare last
Friday; Adelaide is now host to the world's 2nd largest FRINGE
FESTIVAL (2nd to only Edinburgh). 600 live performing acts and visual
arts displays of every type throughout our modest city, including a
stunning Jharna Kala display (part of the official program) in our
Enterprise. God knows how many thousands of international and
interstate visitors we have and from how many countries....
It lasts for 3 weeks and already I'm not sure how we'll cope with
all the joy. Our first customers yesterday were drawn to "Joy-
Discovery" because of the name... There were six of them. Three
Danes and 3 Aussies and all members of the official "Department of
Collective Laughter". I kid you not. For HOURS (no joke, most of
the day) they sat around talking about their upcoming show and how
best to make people laugh. For just a gold coin donation you can
enter the laughing competition, attend "Laughter Mass" and do any one
of numerous workshops on how to REALLY laugh. They also have what
they call "A daily giggle" they can text to your cell phone each
day. I tell you, speaking with them something happened to me (ask
any of my work mates). It was extraordinary and extremely funny!
Some part of my so-called limited existence somehow seemed to brake
into pieces and I felt my consciousness fly straight upward into the
infinite world of JOY. Merrily... merrily Ahh.. so happy was I.
I shared with them some of Guru's quotes about being happy and having
a cheerful mind. They loved them (to say the least) and are going to
use them in their show. It went on and on... such a mutual sharing
of what may just well be the single most important quality in the
human life.. and so many stories I could share about how clearly the
other customers became infected. One lady, for example, was sitting
all alone at a table waiting for her takeaway. When I went to give it
to her she was just sitting there all by herself laughing and
laughing (truly!). I asked her if she was okay. She replied (and
this cracks me up), "I'm just having one of those days." Can you
imagine! We shared a big laugh and up the stairs she floated out with
her "Banana Calmer juice in one hand, mexicana burger in the other
and a glowing face with a smile that definitely "threatened her ears"
(to quote an expression I read of Prachar's once).
The next customers were the America juggler and his Sweedish magician
friend. They had a big pile of gold coins in a cloth bag which they
plonked on the counter when ready to pay for their meal (takings from
the night before's show). They were fabulously cheery too. Then
came an endless stream of musicians and those little guys from the
Sarah said she wishes we had the FRINGE EVERY day of the year.
I'm looking forward to the Laughter Mass and I REALLY, REALLY want to
win the laughing competition. Stay tuned.
Love and joy to all
reporting (just about) live from bustling little Adelaide