I’ve never taken a creative writing course or an improv class, but I surmise they have in common the task of taking a topic and trying to make something from it. Professing to be an amateur writer, I am intrigued with the notion. Last week I received an article with the intriguing title:

“100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying.”

I thought it would be a good exercise – one that is hopefully fun – to go through this audacious list, one at a time, and see what I can make out of it. I will try do one once a week or so, especially when I can’t think of anything else. Let’s see if it amuses The Spo-fans and The Board of Directors Here at Spo-reflections. With that said, let’s take a deep breath and proceed…..

  1. Exercise on a Monday night (nothing fun happens on a Monday night).

This is a strange one to start with; the author should know better telling people to exercise right away usually evokes a visceral no-thank-you-very-much response and you’ve lost your audience. A better start would be to suggest eating a whole carton of Haagen-Dazs on Monday night, especially if it is chocolate with almonds, and bring up the exercise tip about #45 after the reader has gained 10lb and is feeling lousy about themselves. I suspect the writer is not a sports fan for I have a vague memory of something called Monday Night Football, which was designed for the same reason.*


Whatever floats your boat isn’t the point I suppose. The working axiom here is nothing fun happens on Monday night. Thems over 40 years old or work in the service industry have no desire to have fun on Monday night after a long day at work but to drop from exhaustion. Monday Night Football served this purpose: one crashed on the couch in front of the boob-tube (bowl of ice cream at hand) and fell asleep. Thems looking for fun on a Monday are either 20yo or up to no good that’s certain.

I usually go to the gym after work on Monday already, so my life isn’t slightly improved by this sage advice. My life is not improved per se but it isn’t worse for going, but this is straw-splitting. The real fun element of Monday night is knowing Monday day is over with and one has gotten through it, and what one does in the night is of little importance. All the same, if you haven’t tried exercise on Monday night, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt, especially if there’s no game on.

*Spo-fans of the butch sort can clarify if this show is still up and running or has gone the way of The Brady Bunch.