If you need a good laugh – and you want to spread a few laughs around – read greeting cards. A good card that gives you a hearty laugh has to produce a healthy heart.

It must have been Irish luck when we found some really good cards: so funny that you’ll laugh out loud; just spicy enough to shake your head while you’re laughing; but somewhat wholesome enough that you can still send them to Mom.

We found them at the Postal Annex on Northpark Drive in Kingwood. You know where I mean, between J. Christopher’s and that Sushi restaurant whose name I can never remember.

We didn’t start out going there to read cards. We spend a lot of time at that Postal Annex on Northpark and it all has to do with guilt. You see, nobody in our family lives close by. They’re all at least a day’s drive away.

That’s where the guilt factor kicks in. We send our family lots of cards and gifts  – especially cards – and there’s no sense in wrapping a gift when Postal Annex will find the perfectly sized box, then secure, seal and send it off for you.

A couple weeks ago, while the young lady was looking for the right-sized box, we noticed the multiple greeting card racks behind us. I’d been looking for “good” greeting cards after I sent my sister and brother-in-law an anniversary card that I’m pretty sure now I also sent them last year. The same card two years in a row? It was time to find new cards and, just by chance, those cards at the Postal Annex were calling to us.

Reading greeting cards seems to be a major occupation for a lot of people when they’re grocery shopping. You’ve seen all the people in the Hallmark section at Kroger blocking the cards you’re trying to get to. I haven’t heard anybody in the Hallmark section at Kroger laughing the way we were laughing at Postal Annex.

“Happy Birthday to Yu,” one card said. Open it up and it answers, “That’s not a typo. This card is actually a huge seller in China.”

“Let’s get naked and celebrate your birthday,” another card said. Open it up and it responds, “I’m sorry. I bought this card for someone else. I now realize how incredibly inappropriate it was to give to you.”

See? You could send that to your mother. Well … maybe the first one.

“Where in the world did you get these great cards?” I asked the guy behind the counter who seems to run the place. “Aren’t they great?” he answered. It’s kind of a small operation, Bald Guy Greetings, practically a ‘mom and pop’ company in San Francisco. I met the owner at a meeting. He was as funny as his cards.”

We bought lots of birthday and anniversary cards and then I looked up the “Bald Guy Greeting Card” website. Bald Guy’s website is as witty as his cards! Sure, we could buy Bald Guy cards online, but Jenna Armstrong at the Lake Houston Chamber always reminds us to “shop local” and we like dropping by Postal Annex on Northpark. It’s just a couple steps away from Los Palomas, our fave Mexican restaurant. Shopping – even shopping for greeting cards – makes you hungry.

 

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Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.