The other day for no apparent reason I was reminded of a fleeting memory I have from when I was about four and I was at my cousins’ watching a rerun of The Jetsons.
Anyway, Jane Jetson AKA Mrs. Jetson says, “children, don’t bother your father now. You know he’s been working HARD at the office.”
(I’ll just keep quiet for now about all the totally 60’s gender stereotypes implicit in that little line.)
Then there is slight pause, then the laugh track comes on. I didn’t get it, so I asked my cousin Robin.
Me: “Why are they laughing?”
Robin: (with eyes rolling for good measure) “Because all he does is sit around and push buttons all day.”