The universe aligned and put G right on a Wednesday.
I’m sure Buddha or Jesus wasn’t thinking of my blog when they invented April. Or the #AtoZChallenge. No, it was just a cosmic coincidence. I could technically write about any letters, having satisfied the whole G thing with the Go Ask Daddy part.
But I won’t.
For new folk: Go Ask Daddy is a post I use to answer my girls’ questions. I’ve tried to document every question I’ve been asked since I became a dad way back in 1997. I’ve missed a few, and the document has changed technologies and decades since.
I’ve gone ahead and picked out questions that involve the word G.
Hey, I’m a product of the Sesame Street generation, so it’s innate. I will answer just three today, to keep things light for those in the challenge who are challenged to read other blogs in the challenge, some of which are quite … challenging.
P.S. Update on Uncle Frank. He’s had a very good day Tuesday so we’re continuing to send good vibes and prayers! Thank you all who’ve been checking in.
1. Do they get to keep the profit on Flea Market Flip?
For those not in the know: Flea Market Flip is a cool show in which contestants buy shit in a flea market, take that shit back to a workshop, fix up that shit, and try to flip that shit for more profit than the other team in the competition at another flea market.
The money they make is the equivalent to Monopoly money, however.
It’s a measuring stick to see how they do against the other team, both starting with $500 to buy pieces for three categories. Whoever makes the biggest profit wins $5,000. I couldn’t find a definitive answer to where the money actually goes, but I did learn that:
- It takes 3 days to shoot one episode of Flea Market Flip: 1 day of buying, 1 day of restoring, 1 day of selling.
- Lara Spencer’s real name is Lara Christine Von Seelen, which sounds much more badass, don’t you thin?
- The biggest flea market in the country? That’s First Monday Trade Days, in Canton, Texas. (Of course.) It’s got room for 6,000 vendors, or roughly 6,000 more spaces than Jerry Jones has Lombardi trophies.
2. Are you going to sit in a race car when you get your hair cut again?
My kids are hilarious.
I’m not the tallest dad, so I get lots of these kinds of questions. I will not be sitting on anything to get my hair cut any time soon, although Great Clips keeps imploring me to check in through their app.
I’m a good 6 weeks from my last hair cut, and honestly, I don’t really need one.
I’m disappointed in that. I wanted to wait out this whole quarantine by letting my hair get all crazy like Chuck Noland in Castaway. My fingernails need clipping every three days, but I can’t grow a decent mullet to save my life.
When the time comes, it’ll probably be in a normal chair.
They didn’t have this cool stuff when I was little. We were lucky to get a sucker afterward. What are you looks-conscious folk going to do for hair cuts during the quarantine? Or those who must have their hair did in a salon?
I’ve decided to act out by growing out sideburns and a goatee. Stay tuned.
3. Don’t basketball scores go into the hundreds?
Often, and Wilt Chamberlain once did it by himself. One team almost got 200 – the Detroit Pistons, with 186. It was against my Denver Nuggets, who scored 184 in 1983. Crazy times, and they didn’t play a bit of defense.
Wilt did it for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962, in a 169-147 win against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Penn. Thousands of people claim to have been in the stands for that, even though it doesn’t seat more than 8,000, and 4,000 reportedly were really there.
And there’s precious little media coverage of that day – it’s like, more rare than a New Yorker buying something bigger than a wine cart in Flea Market Flip.
The L.A. Times reports that in the past 23 years, including more than 27,000 NBA games, the first team to score 100 wins the game. You can take that to the bank. Or at least your banking app. Stay safe, my friends.
E is for End-of-your-career awards
F is for Frank, my uncle