Tag: short story

Old Basketball Hoop

Miscellaneous, Photography June 9, 2019

It had been a while since I played basketball, and I’d been thinking of it lately. My under-inflated ball was stored inside of a box in the garage, not far from an air pump. Shorts, t-shirt, shoes, air in the ball – I was ready.

The basketball hoop where I used to shoot wasn’t far, and so I practiced dribbling along the way. When I arrived, I took a moment to review the situation, and then remembered that I had a good book at home which I was planning to read.

Game over.

Believe It Or Not

Miscellaneous March 12, 2019

I once lived in Holland, Michigan, where, one summer’s day, a friend – Brooks Besjovec – asked if I’d like to see some…

Red Chinese Bats?

It wasn’t far, he said, located just off of Ottawa Beach Road along the north shore of Lake Macatawa, so I skeptically agreed and the journey ensued.

It was late afternoon when we arrived. We parked along the side of a road near a local wind-surfing shop which I was familiar with, and my friend pointed across the yard of a nearby house. There, roughly four feet off of the ground, I could see a large rectangular-shaped wooden box between two trees.

As we approached, Brooks cautioned me not to startle the bats, to approach the cage slowly, quietly. In so doing, I could see that the top of the cage was open, covered only with chicken wire.

A painted sign attached to the cage read, “Chinese Bats”, and, as I peered inside, I could see that my friend had indeed been telling the truth; there before my eyes were two red plastic Wiffle Bats – a.k.a., toy baseball bats (Made In China).

An Irish Riddle

Miscellaneous March 26, 2014

The Question

Can you cite an example of a sentence which uses the word “and” five times in a row, consecutively?

The Story

Outside of Dublin, Ireland, there once was a pub known as the “Bear And Boar”. One morning after a powerful storm, the sign from the establishment had been broken and was scattered in shambles across the ground. The proprietor discovered the damage and set about to make repairs.

Later, a patron wandered by and was greeted by the owner. “Good day, Finnegan. How do you like our new sign?” Finnegan studied the sign for some time, and then responded as follows…

The Answer

I like the sign, fine. However, if it had been up to me, I would have left more spacing on the sign between the words “Bear” and “And”, and “And” and “Boar”.

Author unknown.