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In Will There Be Free Appetizers? by Don Ake, the author describes himself as a trucking industry expert, but he’s more popularly known for his humorous blog posts, which quite often concern his love of most things gustatory. This is his second humor/comedy book, and it begins, most appropriately, with a discourse on the etiquette of free appetizers. He also discusses the beach and his ambivalence towards those sandy shores, and that momentous occasion when Don bought his iPhone, the iPhone 6, and the marvels of that high-tech device. Don also relates that horrible moment which comes to all men and women when the first correspondence arrives from the AARP and the special joys that come with being offered the senior citizen prune special.
I have a somewhat limited sense of humor, and I’m always kind of curious to see if a comedy/humor writer can actually get me to crack a smile and maybe even draw a guffaw or three. It’s not an easy accomplishment. I was thus agreeably surprised to discover somewhat of a kindred spirit in Don Ake’s Will There Be Free Appetizers? His outrage over the lack of free appetizers at a business meeting resonated quite deeply, and his despair at a Florida vacation spent watching the rain thunder down in a cramped motel room for days on end will most likely strike answering chords in just about any reader. My own rainy vacation involved a tent filled with damp clothes and gear, and the awfulness of a hike that ended up being a walk through four-foot-deep flooded marshland.
Ake’s genius for mutating lyrics to fit his humorous needs is also put to hilarious use in this collection, and his prose lauding his iPhone was brilliance itself. Add to that the image of a middle-aged man being gleefully pelted with courtesy peanuts by three gorgeous flight attendants while his wife sits there and scowls, and you have the recipe for a collection of humorous essays that passed even my rather stringent tests for humor. Don Ake takes his penchant for humor to absurd lengths, and that’s a very good thing indeed. Will There Be Free Appetizers? is highly recommended.