“So this is our new product idea,” Greg said, pointing at the table. “Gray rice. For people who think yellow rice is too flavorful and white rice is too bright.”

“Sounds bland enough,” Harry agreed. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Chef Blech and Behind the 8-Ball. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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“How does it taste?” Irene asked.

“Like white rice,” Greg said. “Our researchers crossbred it to grow gray, so it matches our potatoes.”

“How are they doing with the gray tomatoes?” Harry asked.

Greg twirled his gray tie. “They have fifty shades of not quite.”

“Speaking of monotonous,” Jessica said, “can we get a new joke?”

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Have fun!