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Christmas in August

Dear Santa’s elves (cause let’s face it — the big guy is on a beach somewhere):

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I want. No…I need.

I have extensive experience creating Lego homes with far fewer resources, so I will appreciate the level of detail in this Big Bang Theory recreation.

I hope my advance notice helps secure my ‘order.’

Hi to Rudolph,

The Egg

On the ball

For a sport with such small balls, golf is an unusually large target.

cu golf ballPeople who don’t watch it or understand the nuances of the game are quick to dismiss it as boring.

My mother never understood why I watched golf on TV as a young child. But if she sat with me for even 30 minutes, she would soon be ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over some of the precision shots the pros could pull off.

And in television golf tournaments, you see a lot of golf.  The cameras jump from tee to fairway to green, so you get to see sometimes 50+ different golfers swing the club or putt every 30 seconds or less.

So, contrary to what you might think, there is a lot of action in golf.

In contrast, televised baseball and football games — America’s sports — mostly involve standing around.  A Wall Street Journal study calculated that a baseball fan will see 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action over the course of a three-hour game. And the football audience?  A paltry 11 minutes per game.

So for pure entertainment value, swing for swing, I’d put the US Open Golf Championship up against a baseball game any day. I’ve watched both, and I feel pretty good about my chances.

Sightseeing dollar signs

I haven’t been to Washington DC in a while, but I think I might go on this scavenger hunt the next time I’m in town.

Got any cash? You can, too.

Just check the back of the bills and find the buildings depicted there. It should be a pretty educational tour.

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I also like the folded bill photo trick. Reminds me of squishing people’s heads between your finger and thumb.

I might add that to my tour, too.

Who’s laughing now?

I haven’t watched Cooking Channel much at all, but a commercial for Cutthroat Kitchen caught my eye.

Host Alton Brown is always good for a laugh.

Cutthroat_Kitchen_LogoIf you haven’t seen the show, four professional chefs compete in cooking challenges while Alton Brown sabotages them.

But there’s a catch.

He actually gives each chef money at the beginning of the game so that they can bid to sabotage each other, making the timed competition even more challenging.  The eventual winner keeps whatever money he has left at the end of the game.

As the episode comes to an end, I realize it’s not for me.

It reminds me too much of hazing…or those degrading initiation days that some of my high school clubs subjected new members to freshman year.  The folks in charge are laughing, but it’s more mean-spirited than funny.

Just ask Jon Hamm. That stuff comes back to bite you in the butt.

Wink wink nudge nudge

Congratulations to Jennifer B., who correctly identified yesterday’s featured image:

tiddlywinksTIDDLYWINKS

Way to go, Jennifer!

I have never played the game myself; I’ve only seen it featured in ‘classic game collections’ in stores and catalogs.

I thought it was dead.

But then I came across this photo in an article about the English and American Tiddlywinks Associations…for adults.

They hold annual tournaments.  They have websites.  They publish e-newsletters.

Game on.

 

 

 

Brain teaser

I have a pop quiz for you today on The Egg:

Can you identify the objects below?

Hint: They are not candy.

(I know — it’s shocking, considering who is asking.)

Place your guess in the comments. The answer and additional information in Wednesday’s Egg!

Uptown girl

When we were young, my sister and I spent many a fun-filled afternoon playing “camping” with our Barbie dolls — and our brother’s GI Joe action figures — in our family’s formal living room.

(Other than Christmas, it was the best use of that room.)

The green carpet was obviously the grassy forest floor. We used Kleenex as sleeping bags. And Dr. Seuss books tilted open were the perfect tents. Plus, GI Joe had a jeep, so there were lots of four wheelin’ and other shenanigans.

Those were simpler times. Barbie wanted simpler things.

Today’s doll?

barbie camping

Embarrassing.