We live in a crazy world. The demands of daily life can become too much to handle, at times. Meeting the needs of family and home, managing an increased work load, and doing more for less in less time. So, what do you do? Fight? Deal with it and become more time efficient. Accept it as a challenge and become turbo-charged with energy to handle it. Flight? Just ignore it and pretend it will go away, which it won’t do. Go run and hide. Flee the scene. So, if you don’t fight, you don’t flee, and the pressure is on, what else is there to do? Go Bonkers. Yes, go crazy. That way you won’t have to accept responsibility for anything in your life. We all get served a daily plate of crazy every once in awhile. There are better ways to handle it. There are options. Thus the creation of a new game show, “A Daily Plate of Crazy.”
Studio C at Television Central. Commotion is stirring, the chatter of the audience, movement of cameras and crew on the set, contestants are set in place and the host is checked for appearance and is instructed by the director to follow his cues and to speak from the script as it rolls through the teleprompter. One last sound check. Director turns to producer with thumbs up. Ten seconds to live, five, three, one. Live. The set becomes flooded with light. The music begins with a lively dixieland sound of brass and clarinet, along with a rousing rendition in song of “Happy Days Are Here Again,” sung as “Crazy Days Are Here Again.”
The studio audience joins in song with clapping and shouts of “crazy” and “bonkers.” Then continue with “fight, flight, go bonkers!” “Fight, flight, go bonkers!” Enters onto stage, our most bonkerous host, Crazy McSane. Short and rotund, his face covered with a wash of white paint with large arched brows. His lips are large and red. An accentuated red bulbous nose. Two bolts of hair each side his head. He’s dressed in red checkered baggy pants with a purple jacket adorned with shimmering orange sequined petals. A glittering silver bow tie around his neck. Yes, Crazy is a clown. He knows a lot about life and has been served many daily plates of crazy. Crazy knows crazy and handles it well. Ready to play? No? Well, then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Maybe you’ll be the next contestant on “A Daily Plate of Crazy.”
Crazy McSane walks out to the audience waves and takes bows, he walks back to the set and greets his contestants with a hand shake. Balloons drop and confetti falls, the show is on and now it’s time to play the game. Crazy steps up to his podium and speaks out with joy to the studio audience and directly into the camera to viewers at home. “Welcome, interrupted by applause, welcome to the debut of ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy.’ It is such an honor, and I am thrilled to be a part of something that I hold so dear to my heart. This show is about me. It’s about you. We all have challenges we face every day in our lives. Some are simple and easy to handle, but others, not so easy. ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy,’ is a game about fight or flight. This is a simple game. Three choices for each challenge. Fight, flight, or go bonkers. I added bonkers for comic relief and to give us an out just in case we feel that we are unable to handle the challenge. And that’s okay. We’re here to learn. Not in competition, but to help and support one another. So that’s the basics of the game. We’ll start right after this break. Stay tuned, we’ll be right back.”
“Welcome back to ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy.’ Now, let’s meet our contestants. Number one, your name, I see, is Zeenee. Tell us about yourself.” “Yes, I’m Zeenee. I’m from Barbados. I’m here to learn bravery.” “Number two, about you, sir.” “I’m John Rosenthal. Retired! Well, from the metal works business. Ornamental iron was my specialty. New Orleans is my home. My wife sent me here. She said I needed to be here.” “Okay, number two, you can learn to be brave, too.” “And number three, tell us about yourself, young lad.” “My name is Randy Lee. I’ve been wanting to get on a game show for a long time. Some of these big time shows you have to audition, I never got the chance. Too many others smarter than me, I guess. But, I’m here now.” “Well, it’s about time, Randy Lee. You already have something that many people lack, you have persistence. You’ve heard the expression, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’ I can tell, already, that you have fight and certainly not flight. Welcome all and good luck to each of you. Almost forgot, yes this is a game and you do play to win. We play to learn, but you do win a prize. Each of you have already won a tin of cookies and can win an additional tin for each challenge you are able to handle. Right after this short break, we will begin to play ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy.'”
“Okay, folks, this is the moment. Contestants, there are three rounds of play. Each round has one plate of crazy. Each plate has one challenge. Each player has three choices to the challenge. Fight, accept the challenge and play. Flight, refuse the challenge and not play. Lastly, may choose to go bonkers. The purpose of this game is to try to fight and handle the challenge. Try to avoid going bonkers for this removes you from the round of play. If the pressure becomes too much, then press the bonkers button. In front of each of you are three colored buttons. Green for fight. Yellow for flight. Red for bonkers. Also, each of you have a mouse to use as a pointer to make a selection to answer the challenge question. Let’s go through a trial play. Number one, let’s give it a try, okay? This will certainly be your time to be brave. You will do well. Okay, in front of you, Zeenee, you see a blue plate marked ‘plate of crazy.’ I will ask you, do you want to be served? You must say, yes, I want to be served. Then I will open the plate and it will reveal the challenge. Then you will make your choice to fight, flight, or go bonkers. Got it?” “I got it,” said Zeenee.
“Let’s play ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy.’ Number one, do you want to be served?” “Yes, I want to be served.” “The plate is now opened. Read your challenge, you have ten seconds to respond.” Which must you do now? Change the baby’s diaper. Wipe up spilled milk. Take the dog for a walk. You have five seconds, make a choice. Zeenee pressed green button to fight and to accept the challenge. “Now, use your pointer to select what you think you must do now.” Zeenee points and clicks on change the baby’s diaper. Smiley face appears. “You are correct. You just handled a daily plate of crazy. Congratulations,” said Crazy with a smile as he hands Zeenee another tin of cookies.
“Way down yonder in New Orleens…ready to play ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy?'” “I think I am crazy. Oh, I mean, I think I am ready, Crazy.” “Don’t worry about it , metal man. Let’s do a trial play.” “Number two, do you want to be served?” “Yes, I want to be served.” “The plate is now opened. Read your challenge, you have ten seconds to respond.” You’re late for work. It will take you thirty minutes to get there. The client will be there in forty five minutes. This will be a big sale for you. You can’t find your reading glasses. What must you do? Look for them. Go directly to work. Walk the dog. You have fifteen minutes to spare. You have five seconds, make a choice. John pressed the green button to fight and to accept the challenge. “Now, use your pointer to select what you must do.” John quickly clicks on go directly to work. Smiley face appears. “You are correct, iron man. You just handled a daily plate of crazy,” said Crazy with a smile and with an iron grip of a hand shake and John gets another tin of cookies.
“One last trial and that’ll be you, Randy Lee. Ready to play ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy?” “You bet I am, Mr. Crazy.” “Number three, do you want to be served?” “Yes, I want to be served.” “The plate is now opened. Read your challenge, you have ten seconds to respond.” There has been a change in the school bus schedule for the new year. Due to a reduction in personnel, one bus driver must handle two routes. A pick up at seven a.m. to arrive at school at eight a.m. A second pick up at eight thirty a.m. with arrival at school at nine a.m. Mom is not able to pick you up after school today. Your first class starts at nine a.m. today, what do you do? Have Mom drop me off at school. Take the second bus to school. Walk the dog. You have five seconds, make a choice. Randy Lee slams the green button to fight and to accept the challenge. “Now, use your pointer to select what you must do.” Randy Lee thinking to himself, Maybe Mom could drop me off and I’ll ride the bus home. I’m not going to walk the dog. I much rather ride the bus than walk two miles to school. My first class is science and I can’t wait to discover new things. Randy Lee points, then clicks take the second bus to school. Smiley face appears. “Randy Lee, you are correct, you made the right choice. Congratulations,” said Mr. Crazy as Randy Lee reaches for his tin of cookies.
“I want to say thanks and congratulations to each of our players. All three chose to fight and to accept the challenge of a daily plate of crazy. And none of them have gone bonkers! I would also like to thank everyone involved in the production of this new game show. A lot of thought, time and energy were spent on it’s development from an idea into a game format that is easy to follow and enjoyable to play. Studio audience, you are the greatest. And viewers at home, thank you for watching and hope to seen you soon on the next ‘A Daily Plate of Crazy.’ Til then, bonkers!”