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Dick Gregario pulled into the parking lot of the YMCA in downtown Hartford. He was happy, elated actually. It was time for his work-out. Dick used to have a membership to Bally's Jack Lalane, but had cancelled it because of an 'incident'. He liked the feel of the 'Y' much more. Just a bunch of regular guys like himself, right? No attitude - you can leave that at the door buddy. He tried to explain it to his wife later that night.

"What can I say, honey? It's sort of an 'Everyman' type of place, you know what I mean? I really like the 'Y'. Goddamnit there's something downright egalitarian about that place. It's democratic - democratic in a real older American way, maybe like Walt Whitman or Emerson meant. You know what I mean, honey?" He slapped her butt for good measure.

In that instant, Gregario became moved by his own words and felt goose flesh trail up his leg. He felt his penis grow ever so slightly under his jogging shorts in the beginnings of an erection. In the next moment, though, he sensed the hollow emptiness of his words and became embarrassed. His felt a tickling unpleasant sensation in his lower abdomen and groin, and immediately felt his penis shrink.

What Dick Gregario did not tell his wife that night was that he liked the smell of the 'Y': the faint fecal odor, the light but sharp smell of urine, the odor of sweat mixing with the synthetic fabric of the punching bags and mattresses, and the chlorine smell of the pool that on some gut level he associated with the smell of his own semen.

Date Written: April 25, 2002
Author: Phony Millions
Average Vote: 4.75

02/13/2004 scoop (5): I bet Sam Peckinpah thought the same exact thing.
02/14/2004 Mr. Pony (4): I've been looking, but I've been pretty hard-pressed to find an Evans short that I don't like, if I just sit with it a minute.
02/14/2004 Jimson S. Sorghum (5): Yeah, this is an all time classic...
02/14/2004 Phony Millions: Thanks y'all!
02/14/2004 qualcomm (5): i'unno what cunt gave this one star, but i suspect my brother.
02/14/2004 Phony Millions: Hmm Feldspar...Your bro was quite the wrestler in his weight class as I recall - could it be that he doesn't like the send up of the Y?
05/15/2004 TheBuyer (4):
10/29/2004 John Slocum (5): Fantastic last sentence, or last 'graf, however you look at it.
10/29/2004 Ewan Snow (5): I can't believe I never voted on this one. It's always been one of my favorites.
10/29/2004 Dylan Danko: I feel the same way about the Y!
11/29/2012 Mr. Joshua (5): Loved it, Phony, loved it! Never saw it before today. Don't have the faintest what l'il bro was going on about. Proof's in the pudding.