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Editorial - A little humor goes a long way

What do you do when a problem comes your way? Gripe and complain? Break out a "woe is me" pity party? Panic? Get bitter? Just plain quit? All those are common reactions when life throws a curveball. But there's one coping mechanism that is often ...

Crew at Eddy's
Contributed photo The crew at Eddy's Interlachen Inn made the best of a bad situation, a disruptive road construction project, by using a little humor to promote the restaurant during the Lake Carlos Fourth of July boat parade.

What do you do when a problem comes your way?

Gripe and complain? Break out a "woe is me" pity party? Panic? Get bitter? Just plain quit?

All those are common reactions when life throws a curveball. But there's one coping mechanism that is often overlooked: humor.

Taking a lighter look at a problem can bring it to its knees - or at the very least, help you deal with it in a more positive way instead of giving up or letting your blood pressure shoot though the roof.

Consider what's been happening with Eddy's Interlachen Inn in Alexandria.

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A major road project on County Roads 42/34/11 this summer brought with it a big challenge: Getting the word out to customers that despite the construction, the restaurant is still open for businesses. It's a tough spot to be in. Businesses all along the construction zone have suffered dearly while the road has been ripped up. Livelihoods are at stake.

Eddy's has used a little humor to cope with the situation. During the "Awake the Lakes" celebration to kick off the Memorial Day weekend, Eddy's employees added a fun touch to the Ribfest by dressing up in highway worker vests and hard hats.

For the Lake Carlos Fourth of July boat parade this past Saturday, Eddy's employees once again poked some fun at the problem. They donned their fluorescent-yellow construction getups and hit the water with a pontoon decorated with American flags. Along with detour and "Road Work Ahead" signs, a banner along the side of the pontoon read, "Darn the detour! Happy Independence Day from Eddy's Interlachen Inn." They even docked the boat to pass out a few free hors d'oeuvres to onlookers on the beach.

The crowd loved it, cheering and clapping the pontoon on as it passed. You have to admire the Eddy's crew for their resiliency and good sense of humor. The restaurant showed that despite its unfortunate situation, it's still able to maintain an upbeat, positive attitude. It's a safe bet they won over a few customers that day.

We could all learn a little something from Eddy's: How to not only stay afloat during difficult times, but to have some fun along the way, too.

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