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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Funny Thing Happened on my Way Back from ........

We went to Laughlin Nevada to watch the National Karaoke Finals a few weeks ago and after the elimination rounds were over each evening, they did karaoke in the Casino lounge.  I know it sounds funny, but the contestants (I was NOT one of them) just couldn't wait to get into Party mode after spending hours being in Competition mode and they were fun to watch.  

I wanted to sing one of my humorous song parodies, but by 10 pm, I was worn out.  What happened to that Disco Queen that used to start partying at 10pm?  Oh, yeah, right, I forgot, duh, I have Parkinson's Disease.  I'm absolutely sure it has nothing to do with being 51 years old! 

The Emcee would play a "real" song every once in awhile and she played Thriller, by Michael Jackson.  I had gone to the Ladies Room and on my way back, I took a short cut across the dance floor, which was almost empty.  All of a sudden, people started clapping and cheering.  I looked around and they were cheering at me!

I didn't know it, but while I was in the Ladies Room, they had called an impromptu dance contest and the people thought I was dancing.  They were shouting "She's doing the Mummy" and "She looks like Lurch from the Addams Family".  

I wasn't dancing at all, I was just walking back to my chair, but being me, I got into the spirit of things and I tried to time my steps to the music (not easy).  Everyone was clapping and I was pronounced the winner!!!  

I stayed "in character" and stiffly climbed up on stage to take a bow and then "Lurched" my way back to my seat! 
  It's a good thing they didn't ask me to Moonwalk.......LOL!!

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. Ride with Larry
    Bev Ribaudo is a Young Onset Parkinson's patient who uses humor to help people deal with Parkinson's. You can check her blog Parkinson's Humor here...

  2. too funny to be true!! did you get a prize?

  3. I am so glad you write of your adventures. You are an inspiration to all of we Parkies. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You rock my world, Bev!!! So proud of all you have done and continue to do to lift us all up. You are the wind beneath our wings. Love you!

  5. Hahaha!!! That's hilarious!!

  6. Oh, bless anyone who can keep their sense of humor!!

  7. Great story Bev, you are alot of fun. I have your book and I love it. It has helped me look at my Parkie journey in a more positive and fun way.
    Keep the fun stories coming.

  8. I was once told I should do something regularly that scared me to help me feel alive! I said I did I shaved daily and if you have never tried that with a tremor and white knuckles you have never lived! @shakeybloke/twiter

  9. Inspirational story!