In retrospect, I realize that one of the first clues that communism was about to crumble has been the growing number of jokes we were making. About the rulers, about the ideology… about the whole thing, actually.

Could the following story be construed as a good sign?

A man goes to see his boss.
“Boss”, he says, “we’re doing some heavy house-cleaning tomorrow before my mother-in-law arrives for Christmas. My wife needs me to help with cleaning, moving and hauling stuff”.
“COVID has us short-handed” the boss replies. “I can’t afford to give anyone a day off”.
The man says: “Thanks boss, I knew I could count on you!”