I’d never thought of KQED Newsroom as a comedy show but last night there was some unintentional levity. For those of you not familiar with the show, it is a San Francisco-based news interview and analysis show, concentrating on local and California issues. One of the panelists was with the Asian Law Caucus discussing the effect of the new Executive Order on travel. First she said she and her colleagues went to the airport to work “on the ground” (which seemed amusingly counterintuitive). Once there it was “back and forth, back and forth, a real roller coaster.” I paused the recording and tried to envision a roller coaster that went back and forth while I suppressed a smile. The poor girl needs some work on her metaphors. I commented about it to my wife and she had a chuckle, too. Then when I hit the play button again the next thing the woman said was that a man had come up to her and said “I’m a U.S. citizen and my wife is abroad.” My wife, who is definitely not a broad, and I cracked up and couldn’t stop laughing. The panelist seemed totally unaware of what she had just said. As if that weren’t enough, her first name was Elica and she worked for the Asian Law Caucus. I told my wife her real name was probably Erica and she spelled it that way so her clients could pronounce it. (Okay, that last one was a cheap shot, but having done a year in Japan and studied Mandarin for a year, too, I appreciate Asian culture and people as much as anyone. The L and R thing is real, though).