Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ridiculous and Forgotten Games

I know, the Theme Thursday post came late and Friday’s post didn’t come at all. Truth is, I haven’t had the time to keep up. That’s about the first time in nearly four years and over 950 posts that it has happened. But I’m sure next week I’ll be able to catch up…

Meanwhile, I did sneak off to Seattle with the family for part of spring break so I’ll share that story with you. Meanwhile, how about a hodge-podge of observations done impromptu…

- Have you ever noticed that nobody really plays 52 card pickup? It’s got to be the most pathetic game ever invented…worse than tic-tac-toe.

- Speaking of things nobody does anymore, whatever happened to “flipping”? When I was a kid we did that BIG time. Two people would flip quarters and you’d call odds or evens. If they were both heads or tails and you called even than you kept the other kids quarter. I think this simple game fueled the great Vegas resurgence of the 80s and 90s. Train ‘em young…

- Oh, and useless games nobody plays? What about thumb wrestling? This has to be the handiest game around; it comes with you everywhere you go! And yet we still don’t take advantage of it.

- How about those simple games of yesteryear like tiddlywinks? Can you even find tiddlywinks anymore?

- Or what about marbles? They’re even before my time. I had some but I had no idea what to do with them other than to throw them at somebody I didn’t like or use them with the sling shot.

- What about jacks? It was sort of before my time and I have no idea how you play.

- Hopscotch is still around…I think….but I never see anyone play it. Perhaps that is because I live in a city where the pavement is wet about 270 days a year! I have no idea how you play it. I think it involves reach down and picking up bean bags or something. These days, reaching down for anything is tough enough!

Yes, there are many forgotten and goofy games that somewhere along the line we have stopped playing. I’ll bet you could packing them all up into a wii software game and they’d all be played by your kids. But ask them to play the original and they’d roll their eyes at you and go back to watching the 25th viewing of an episode of Sponge Bob…

31 comments:

M.Bug said...

I saw my chance to be first

CatLadyLarew said...

Great games, one and all! And I even know how to play most of them. Yeah, I'm that old.

Subby said...

I've played 'em all except jax. never could figure that one out, either...and 52 pick-up got boring sowe played WAR afterwards, heh, heh...and tiddly-winks? Haven't seen those in years! Those are way more boring than the cards....

aladdinsane12 said...

i miss all forms of tag. freeze tag, diaper tag, tv tag...

Megan said...

TV tag!!!!!

ReformingGeek said...

Have you seen my marbles?

Great, thanks.

The Incredible Woody said...

One. Two. Three. Four. I declare a thumb war!

Baino said...

Marbles and Jacks are still around . . at least I see them in the toy shops. Used to while away hours with jacks or knucklebones. Remember pickup sticks?

Brian o vretanos said...

We played marbles when I was young - it's sort of like bowls and curling, except that you must hit the opponent's marble. If you do, you get to keep it.

Elizabeth said...

We used to play kick the can.

Roy said...

I had a great collection of marbles when I was a kid, and we used to play the game at recess in elementary school. But I haven't seen them being sold anywhere in over 30 years, except as odd lots in antique and junk shops. Sad!

Mrsupole said...

What about Hide-n-Seek? You can take that game with you everywhere. I have been known to thumb wrestle with the grandkids a time or two. They really enjoy beating me at that one. And jacks is a real challenge, now if I could just remember how it was played. I do see them for sell here and there.

God bless.

Beth said...

And what about nicky nicky nine doors? That was always great fun and cost absolutely nothing!

Tom said...

played marbles on the playground...won some, lost some!

sharonheg said...

I played jacks when I was a kid but wasn't very good at it because my hands were so small. Hopscotch too. My favorite game when I was a tween though, was Skully (Skelly?)...flicking a clay-filled milk cap from square to square.

Subby said...

I still use th' ol' "red light, green light" form of tag, especially in a crowded store, HA!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

VE! I think it's time you move to a sunnier place!!!

Jaime said...

i haven't played jacks in forever. i don't know why it was so big at camp, but we played every day. we had normal jacks. oversized jacks. tiny jacks. jacks shaped like babies that you shook out of a bottle.

yeah...there wasn't much to do out in the backwoods of PA.

Chris Wood said...

I used to like thumb wrestling, but my thumb got tired of wearing lycra and growling.

Janna said...

Wait... is there actually a real game called 52 pick up?
When I was a kid, it was a dirty trick someone would play on you. They'd ask some unsuspecting sap, "Hey, wanna play 52 pick up?"
The unsuspecting sap (me, once) would say "Oh, ok! Sure!"
And the rotten kid would dump all the cards onto the floor and walk away, saying "There you go; pick them up."
I hated that.

yellojkt said...

Pogs.

lime said...

i used to love hopscotch. and we had tiddly winks and marbles. i know how to play jacks but i'm not very good at it.

JenJen said...

chinese jumprope:
in out side side in out on.

Gladys said...

I always wanted to play marbles but I kept loosing mine.

Pranayama mama said...

we just taught our kids 52 card pickup, oddly enough! along with a few jokes from childhood including, "how do you keep an idiot in suspense?" (i'll tell ya later). great stuff for little boys to use on their friends.

Roy Scribner said...

Ridiculous and Forgotten Games reminds me of the 70's tune by the Spinners. Yeah, I was a skate punk who listened to R&B, so what?

VE said...

m.bug – And you are! Congrats…

catladylarew – I can’t say that about a few…whew!

Subby – War…that one lasts awhile…just like for real…

Aladdinsane12 – Or switching price tags…good fun…

Megan – I know, but my TV is mounted on the wall so it can’t chase me very far…

Reforminggeek – So those are yours!

Incredible woody – That’s the intro!!

Baino – Where do you live…some other country? ;)

Brian – The only thing I know about bowls is how to put cereal in them…

Elizabeth – Everything is plastic bottles these days…

Roy – That’s the only place I see them too…

Mrsupole – Hide and seek is a classic. Not so easy at my salt flat home though…

Beth – Now you’ve lost me…I know nothing of that game. The gnomes swear you made it up…

Tom – I thought everybody retired undefeated…

Sharonheg – I haven’t every played skully but I have played football with a folded up paper on the table…

Subby – Ha…that works…

Perpetual chocoholic – I agree…could you provide me with a villa in Italy?

Jaime – This one time at jacks camp…

Chris – Ha! I almost suspect that you do have lycra for your thumb…

Janna – No…it’s still a dirty trick…see how I tricked you again? Now go pick them up…

Yellojkt – I saw images of them but have no idea what that means. Polish hogs? Purple frogs?

Lime – You are well versed in all the useless unplayed games!

Jenjen – I don’t know any Chinese close by though…

Gladys – Well don’t ask reforminggeek…

Pranayama mama – Excellent…always good to pass misery on…

Roy – Hey…games people play… ;)

Collette said...

How about Red Rover?
Games were so much simpler & cheaper back in the day.

VE said...

collette - Why was Rover red, anyway?

COUNT SNEAKY said...

I think I misplaced my marbles with my keys.

The Silver Fox said...

I never knew what to do with jacks, either. I used them as cannons when I played with my little plastic soldiers.