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The Trouble With Fribbles

I was recently issued a challenge: to write a Fribble worthy of printing. I rather loudly and publicly announced to the world here that I was sick and tired of seeing the same old Fribble week after week, and if the staff at Fool HQ couldn't maintain it, then they should delete it.

I went so far in my exclamatory mode as to wish I had literary talent befitting such a public read, and proceeded to practically tear TFM Bogey's head off—on a Saturday, no less.

“When something worthy of print is submitted, then we publish it,” were his words—and I couldn't believe in all the hundreds of thousands of people visiting this site, no one could submit something deemed as “worthy.” Are there specific rules for Fribble creation, such as a limited choice of topics to choose from? A limit of length? Does the topic have to be current and timely? Not that I've seen, based on past performances, but I could be wrong.

The reason I haven't submitted anything until now is good old-fashioned fear—exactly WHAT does one say to a naked spotlight? With an English teacher (He/She Who Wields the Red Pen of Doom) nowhere in sight for editing, I feel double-doomed…an unseen editor with no chance for rewrites, shaking his/her head silently while reading my missive, wielding his/her OWN red pen of doom…and I have no chance for rewrites!

While I am no English major, surely I can submit SOMETHING for this…after all, I have no problem writing for my own board, right? Then I look at the contents of my own board, and notice the staggering amount of links posted instead of from-the-heart commentary—then I remember my mission: to inform first, then discuss later (if anyone wishes to). Staring at a blank message board screen can be very distracting…and it can be the greatest intimidator of all.

So, in the words of Ethel Merman, “Stage fright's a waste of time--what're they gonna do, kill ya?”, I submit this to the mercies of the Unseen Editor of the Frbble department in hopes it doesn't turn out to be the Joke of the Day. I guess Ethel knew EXACTLY what to say to a naked spotlight.

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