In the spirit of the season (holiday, not NFL), I would like to talk about giving back for just a brief moment; no, I won’t bore you with a long monologue about how my Uncle Mortimer once gave $27 gazillion dollars to the Me-Wuk Native American tribe of California to save their dying culture (with which of course they then built a resort/spa/gambling casino on the reservation and made each of the remaining 21 tribe members bajillionaires), but I am going to ask a favor of you, my loyal readers.

Bear with me a moment if you would…

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished…it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington


I’m a somewhat poor man, with just sufficient financial resources to keep myself going; I don’t say that by way of complaint, but merely to set the table. This the reality of my life.

I donate what I can to the various causes that I believe in, in small amounts…would that I could do more. Like my Uncle Mortimer.

But I’ve come to realize over the passing years that the one thing I can “give back” is to bring some measure of joy or even healing, by virtue of my being a person who can make others laugh, into people’s lives. It’s a small thing, but it’s what I have.

So here’s the favor.

I’d like to think, judging from the comments and feedback I get from folks who read the Welcome Aboard The R U Kidding blog, that my readers, all several of you, gain a certain amount of pleasure from the things I write; although I have minimal ego, this does give me great satisfaction. Moreover, I’m pleased that I am able to make people forget, for a brief time at least, all the unhappy crap that’s going on in the world and in their personal lives.

But I need your help to spread the happy message of the Kidding further, to reach a larger audience of folks who might be impacted favorably by the humor contained herein (such as it is).

If you agree with me that the antics of your Cap’n and the “crew” of the Kidding are pretty funny, and thereby entertaining, then here’s what I need you to do…

Share the Cap’n.

Yep, that simple…just share the Cap’n with your friends, your buds on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and all the other many social media sites of which I have little clue, your fellow workers, the members of your church, people you interact with in the course of your daily life, your fellow inmates, whomever. Tell them about the WATRUK website, send them the link, open it up on your cellphone and then hand to them, however you want, but please let people know about it.

You see, this is all I have to “give back”…I can make people laugh.

Please, share the Cap’n; introduce him to folks who haven’t had the pleasure of his acquaintance. Spread the joy.

If you do, you’ll be contributing to, hopefully, making the world a little better place, a little less manic, a little happier.

Please help me…and if you do, maybe I can come up with some free beer for everyone.


Thanks in advance…you guys are awesome.

Love and laughter.

Cap’n John

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