pinocchio type

For today’s 500 words, the creator of the challenge has demanded—demanded, I tell you,—that we dabble in the practice of lying.

Not the malicious hostility-based type of lying, mind you, but let’s just go with not just stretching the truth, but flat out snapping it so it comes back and takes out an eye.

As the creator of the Internet, I can only say, this is wrong and I really have no choice but to personally expunge all record of this person’s involvement in the field of writing, blogging, and living in Tennessee.

Okay, so, back to the truth.

I’m going to answer a few questions from my readers’ mailbag. No wait, it’s my mailbag, but with questions from my millions of readers.

June from Midvale, Colorado asks: What do you not like about the National Basketball Association?

Well, June, it’s like this.

NBA players are allowed an exorbitant number of fouls, thus enabling on-court-assault-and-battery. [Not to worry, fans. This will be taken care of when I finally give in to the resounding demand for me to take over as the NBA commissioner.]. Worse than the customary bloodletting on the hardwood, though, is it slows down and chops up the game and really, what appeals to me is what’s most important, right readers? Uhhh, readers? Don’t leave yet!

And then, there are the timeouts. Too many, especially when you count the TV timeouts that open the floodgates for commercials suggesting that I have either ED or the cardiopulmonary shortcoming du jour.

Let me just say, “Geeeeeeezzz! Let the players play! And let the fans actually think they’re watching a game that consists of more than dribble up court, ref calls a foul, ref confides in other ref and watches the mugging on replay, player enters concussion protocol, player [once steered back to the correct foul line] is deemed okay, misses the basket [but hits teammate in forehead], makes the second, the other team calls timeout so the ball is advanced to half-court. Or something like that.

Ward from Midvale, Colorado asks:  Come on, the NBA game isn’t that bad, is it?

Well, Ward, one word: Yes it is that bad. But what really gripes me is, out of one side of their mouth, they [choose your own ‘they’] remind us all that pro sports is ‘just entertainment’, but on the other side of their mouth, they put on their ‘dribble, foul, free throws, timeout, rinse and repeat’ rendition, which is NOT entertainment. And then there’s what they say out of the third side of their mouth, which is  A. unprintable   B. fodder for another, much-anticipated Q. and A. from my billions of readers.

But have no fear. When I become commissioner, I’ll be limiting the players to four fouls. However, I will allow the coaches four fouls, but they A. will not lead to stoppage of play.  B. must be committed on their own players for rudeness to fans, stupid plays on the court, and/or over-exultation after a slam-dunk.  In many cases, I will even allow an extra, double-top-secret foul called, “Hyper Flagrant” to be committed at their discretion on a player who, in my judgment, deserves it.

The Beav from Midvale, Colorado asks: But what if the fans at the NBA game are excessively rude? Isn’t that possible?

WULL-GEE BEAV, that is possible, and even probable, because so many of these people feel so entitled that they think they can spew racial slurs and demeaning epithets at these millionaires who are just trying to earn a living and max out their daily allotment of NBA fouls. In the case of fan stupidity, I’ve set up a black-ops league of mixed martial artists who, clad with semi-assuming Kevlar vests to accompany their Batman masks, will patrol the stands and swarm to the first hint of spectator unruliness. A few kindly senior citizens with Dick Tracy watches [without batteries] will be sprinkled among the fans to provide additional ‘surveillance’.

There, Beav, I’m glad we had this talk.

Thanks for checking in, readers. In my next installment, I’ll be covering my concerns about the National Football League. Stay tuned.

More entries to my January writing challenge can be tolerated here:


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Shape Shifters Fitness Trainer · January 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm

ROFL!!! These are all changes that would greatly improve the boring, (often unwatchable) NBA, can’t wait for the NFL installment Commissioner.

    TMH · January 14, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Unwatchable…absolutely. Thanks, SSFT! You will be happy to know I have a mondo amount of kale cooking on the stove.

      Shape Shifters Fitness Trainer · January 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Haha! Nicely done, that kale sure cooks down quite a bit doesn’t it. Always good with a squeeze of lemon to cut down on the bitter taste, and balsim vinaigrette. Fun fact you probably knew, until seeing it’s recent popularity (at least stateside,) it was mostly used as decoration for buffet’s, particularly at pizza places.

      Who knows what else may be healthy laying around (I’m not willing to test the theory).

      I saw that recipe you had linked, have never cooked with spelt flour, looked like a tasty, health infused dessert!

      TMH · January 14, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Amen to the vinegar. I try black sweet vinegar (Asian stores) sometimes. Good background info on kale, BTW.

      Shape Shifters Fitness Trainer · January 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Oh nice, I’ll try that kind of vinegar, have never heard of it, but I happen to have a coupon for an Asian store that opened up the last year I’ve been curious about going to (but not sure what to purchase, so now I have an idea). Awesome, thanks much!

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