"I punched a guy who looked like Clay Aiken" is A-OK!!
"I went to Blockbuster to rent Gladiator, but all the copies were taken" is OKAY, TOO!
"There were a lot of leaves on my lawn so I spent all day rakin" would work IF WE WERE NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER!!
GOLLY BUT THERE'S A LOT TO DO, SO LET'S GET SHAKIN!