After publishing this post I got an email from a woman, let’s call her Sally.
Forget that, her name is Arlene; I won’t reveal her last name.
“I’m a preschool teacher from Des Moines and I really love the stuff you and your brother do even though it’s at times a bit racy and adult oriented.
But I had no choice but to unsubscribe when I saw a picture of marijuana at the end of your latest post.
Considering the bizarre nature of the stuff you and your brother write on, I should have known you’re both heavy drug users.
I also think it’s pretty sick that you dress this blog up with a flying whale, a floating octopus and colorful fish with wings among other childish things luring young unsuspecting children onto your site. You then proceed with promoting drugs to your young audience by posting a photograph of marijuana at the end of a blog post.
I have my limits and this is just sick. I’m done with your blog.
When you assume anything you make an ass out of YOU and ME.
And you, Arlene, have most certainly made an ass out of you and me.
That was NOT drugs; it was Japanese sencha; green tea that I love and drink daily.
Because I can see how that picture could have been misinterpreted as marijuana I’m going to try not to write copious amounts of angry expletives.
As a result of your email I decided to delete the photograph you thought exhibited drugs out of fear that others may unsubscribe by mistakenly believing that picture was anything but what it actually was:
GREEN F*CKING TEA
I’ve never claimed this blog’s meant for kids, Arlene. However, I can see how having a flying whale as a mascot and other magical creatures could give the impression this blog’s geared toward children.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
What can I say? Looks can be deceiving.
For the record, you should be at least 14 years of age to read the Pun Intended blog. If you’re under that age I recommend you only subscribe to assist us with our social proof, but don’t read anything we publish because it might cause behavioral problems and we can’t be held responsible for outbursts at school and mental instability within the family.
At the conclusion of this post I’ve posted the original photograph that Arlene claimed was displaying drugs.
And to reiterate, in that photo it’s JAPANESE GREEN TEA FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. I was born in Japan and, yes, I drink a lot of this stuff.
That wooden thing you see under the tea? That’s a wooden tea scoop (chami) made from Japanese cherry tree bark.
And in case you’re wondering, the tea was consumed with my friend Yuki (sup buddy!!!) after the photo was taken and indeed made me HAPPY.
It’s f*cking amazing that I get accused of promoting drugs by merely trying to be artistic on my blog. If displaying a little tea at the end of my post creates such ridiculous accusations, what would happen if a photo of fun dip was inserted at the end of my post? God only knows.
What the hell’s this world coming to?
The only drugs I do are prescription drugs, Arlene, that my psychiatrist gives me to help me keep my life on an even playing field as he says.
Let’s not assume things when we don’t have all the facts, OK?
My reputation means something to me, so please don’t go around screwing it up.
Is that too much to ask?
Bamboo Forest… Lover of tea and will never apologize for it (EVER).
Original Photograph (It’s TEA people)