The Fib

In my last post I made three statements and said one was a lie, inviting you to guess which one. Some of you did so and I didn’t want to keep you hanging any longer:

First, here’s the three statements:

1. I was in a commercial for Junior Achievement that was nationally televised. Friends and family kept calling me from around the country saying they saw me on TV yet I never once saw the commercial myself.

2. I’m extremely introverted and have substantial social anxiety so in high school I joined a Marine Corps JROTC program and the Speech and Debate Club figuring they’d either help to cure me or kill me.

3. My father, son’s father-in-law, and wife’s brother were all bitten by rattlesnakes within a couple of years.

The fib: #3. It is true that my father and son’s father-in-law were bitten by rattlesnakes within a couple of years, but my wife has no brother.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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20 Responses to The Fib

  1. I can’t remember if I commented….but I was hoping g the snake one was a lie. Well at least it was a one less bitten person lie.

  2. Oh sneaky Russ – a partial truth! I’m revealing my lie tomorrow morning. This was fun! ❤
    Diana xo

  3. russtowne says:

    I’m looking forward to your answer too. Thank you for starting the fun!


  4. ksbeth says:

    ah – i was waiting to hear )

  5. Mrs. P says:

    Good one!

  6. Russ, Some of us were quite disappointed that we did not get to see you in uniform! I think you should rent one even though you weren’t in the marines, make a commercial and post it for us????????

    • russtowne says:

      LOL! You didn’t miss much, Clare. I was short and scrawny my first two years, and then tall and scrawny my last two. I loved the program and it did help to bring me out of my shell. I even became leader of all the cadets in our fairly large school district. (As did my two sons when they went through the same program a generation later.)

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