Drawing a Blank

I went over to Phil’s last night for a little booze, food and games. There was about 12 people there, most of whom I did not know. Even still I think everyone had a great time eating, drinking and yukin’ it up. The plan for the night was to eat pizza and drink beer and then play balderdash or some sort of board game. As the night wore on it looked like we were never going to play any games since everyone was having such a good time talking as one big group. I was silently happy because I really didn’t want to play Balderdash. Yes, I know its a fun game and everyone I know seems to love it, but I feel like I can’t think of funny things fast enough. This may stem from the fact, that the last time I played it I was around 12 years old, at that age your creative thinking is limited compared to adults. Phil was trying to convince that I was funny and it would be fun, I wasn’t so sure.

After two hours of talking in one huge group, everyone started to split up. The guys gravitated towards the projector and video games, and the girls gravitated towards shoes. After awhile Phil and I found ourselves in the same room as most of the girls (not a bad place to be) and like a greasy salesman selling snake oil, Phil was still pushing for Balderdash. Finally we all decided we should play. Now, I don’t know if the game has changed over the years but I swear the last time I played it, all you did was make up fake definitions to words. I could be totally wrong on this (it’s been over 10 years) but this semingly new fangled version has you makeing up definitions, making up things for a name, making up things that happened on a certain date, giving one a sentence synopis of movie titles, and making up words for acronyms. The first one we got was a date and I was able to think of something clever. But the 2nd round was the acronym C.A.T. and I don’t know if it was the booze or pizza clogging my system but I drew a complete blank. For some stupid reason I could not think of a ‘C’ or ‘A’ word!! RETARDED! Everyone was done and all eyes were on me which caused my hand to shake and my brow to perspire. Finally I wrote something down and slid it across the table to Ann. I was nervous b/c it was soo soo sooooo stupid I thought they’d all kick me out of the game. Ann opened up the piece of paper and started freaking out laughing. You’re supposed to read all the entries with the same composure so as to not give away fake vs. real answers but Ann was a basket case. Finally she pulled herself together and read mine: Corn All Together. To my delight everyone erupted in laughter but only because it was terribly dumb. Sure, now I can think of a bunch: Corn Against Tractors, Chicago Association of Transvestites…etc. But last night that was the best I could do. For the rest of the night Ann kept chuckling to herself about that one, that’s good I think. As the game wore on more people joined the fray. That made it much more interesting and I seeemed to have better creative flow. One of the better acronyms was G.G.A. which landed:

Gay Ganstas of America
Good Girls Association
Gay Guys of America
Girl with Gonorrhea Association

I’ll admit it turned out to be a riotous good time and I learned something as well. Stevie Wonder’s real name is: Stevelandjudkins Morris
(according to the Balderdash card).


  1. Phil said,

    March 19, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    Balderdash hasn’t changed to my knowledge. Just blame the booze, that’s what I do when I come in last place. Which of course has never happened. I was on my way to winning before you guys all gave up.

  2. Billy said,

    March 20, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    I agree with Micah. I remember playing it in 1993 and it consisted solely of fake definitions.

  3. Jake Foster said,

    March 21, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    Yeah, it sounds like Balderdash has been improved.

  4. mego said,

    March 22, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    bring the game over here so we can play

  5. Anthony B said,

    March 24, 2006 @ 5:59 am

    I freaking hate that game…
    Do you know why?
    Becuase I am a moron..
    I know it’s hard to believe right?
    I have no nack..
    I am just like you were that night, but multiply it be everyday of my patheticly anal life..
    Yes its true….

    On a side note, please forgive me for not coming here sooner to give the micah loving…
    I just been so busy trying to get that website done…
    I shall return more often once I can get the projet done..
    ABC signing out…

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