Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Joy of Humming

You know that 'Intros Round' in Never Mind the Buzzcocks where two of the guests have to sing, hum, tap, whistle, tweet, twitter, and generally audibly mime the intro of a song to the third member of the team? Well, it's a lot harder than the celebs make it look. Trust me.

Christmas is a time for families and bloody stupid party games (well, it is for us anyway) and Boxing Day saw us with yet another house full: our three kids, their partners and children, and Dawn's brother and sister in law and their two kids. And this year, we'd eschewed the Trivial Pursuit, Cluedo, Pictionary and Monopoly (curse that bloody game!) in favour of a new challenge called Keep on Humming. The idea is simple; you get a card with five categories on it - things like 'Any song by XXX', 'Pop', 'TV and Movie Themes' etc. - and you have to hum the piece of music. Sounds simple eh? You have obviously never tried to hum a song like Nickelback's This is how you remind me or the theme from Bergerac. Just try it. But keep those gums clenched! It's so much harder than whistling or la-la-la-ing. And you can't use your hands or props either ... just your ability to hum. Needless to say, the whole event was hilarious, silly, argumentative and tremendous fun. I heartily recommend it. Partly, I think, because I wasn't too bad at it.

I am rubbish at board games. Except Trivial Pursuit that is. In fact I am so good at Trivial Pursuit that I have never lost a game in 20-odd years and my family will only let me be the Question Master now. No, actually, that's a lie. Last year they banned me from that too as I was always saying things like 'Oh come on! That's easy!' and being generally obnoxious. Cluedo was always embarrassing as my kids would always solve the murder before me and then comment on my three decades as a police officer. Pictionary was okay as I can draw pretty well ... but I always spent so much time adding the details that I failed to finish the clue. Someone else would draw a blobby smiley face and some pear-shaped drops for Rain Man and get the points while I was still completing my portrait of Dustin Hoffman counting cards in a casino and agonising over the haircut he had in that movie. As for Monopoly, the least said the better. I hate the bloody game. It goes on for weeks (I think I may still be playing a game that started in 1983) and I'm so bad at handling the money that I end up selling all of my properties to a bunch of millionaire 12 year olds at a fraction of their true worth. Hateful, hateful game. I'm sure it should be called a 'bored game' as that's the state of mind I enter after the third hour of play. Last year we had a thing called Rapidough which was like a combination of Charades and Pictionary only using modelling clay. The only way I scored any points was if the answer I had to portray had something to do with balls or worms. A combination of the two would have suited me to the ground but there wasn't an 'Adult Films' round.

So no ... I don't usually excel at board games but I'll always have a go. Even though I am frequently told not to pass go.

17 comments:

Debby said...

We stick to Scrabble around here. After reading your book, I was pretty darn sure that I'd never challenge you to a game of Trivial Pursuit. Your post has guaranteed it.

Comedy Goddess said...

I too celebrate Boxing Day even though I am not Canadian or British. Just a humble Yankee gal. But no games. Just relaxing at the spa.

chris hale said...

Bored games!

I think we've all bought board games and opened the box with dizzy anticipation, only to become so mind-numbingly bored by the crushingly complex rules that we've consigned the thing to oblivion. Or the loft.

I can do Scrabble. I can do snap. And I can hum:

H h hmmm. H h h h hmmm. H h hmmm. H h h h hmmm. Do you know what it is yet?

Persephone said...

My short, sad history of board games:

Never got the hang of Monopoly and gave up totally when I encountered my first boyfriend and his brother playing the game; they took it seriously -- this was terrifying, and I never recovered.

Okay at Scrabble, but deep-sixed by the "zoomer" debacle of my early marriage years. He said it wasn't a word; I said it was. We've never played since. Not even Strip Scrabble.

My family and friends will only play Trivial Pursuit with me if I answer all the questions on the card to enter the final circle. But they usually just refuse to play with me outright.

Sigh.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Debby - Thank you for the compliment. I love Scrabble too as I can display my love of words like zither, quince and callipygic.

Comedy Goddess - Good for you. Every nation should have a Boxing Day!

Chris - Is it 'Hoist the Jolly Ronald' by Brian and the Buccaneers?

Persephone - Tears are rolling down my face. It's up to you to guess whether they signify hilarity or pity. Strip Scrabble eh? What happens on a Triple Word Score?!

Persephone said...

It was a long time ago, Colgan. Comfort and aesthetics take precedence now.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Chris - And yes, in retrospect, I should have called this post Bored Games.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Persephone - A long time ago I had a friend who got involved in a game of naked Twister. Allegedly. Now there's a game to play when looking up old friends. (Sorry).

SweetPeaSurry said...

Well ... your humming game does sound like fun. I'm afraid I'd try to sing or la la ... or bell ring instead though.

I see that you're a bit offended by your traditional board games, I would suggest a couple that are pretty good though. Taboo (you have to define a word but cannot use five of the most common words/synonyms to describe it) and I would also recommend Scrabble. Two faves of mine.

Good luck next year with the gaming!!!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Surry - I did try Taboo once and I wasn't too bad. But Scrabble is a different matter. Love it! Except for the arguments over the veracity of words that is. The problem is that I know lots and lots of words, some of which are valid but not always included in the pocket dictionaries that people have in their houses. I remember one particularly heated argument over the word Jejenum which I knew damned well was part of the small intestine. My opponents couldn't find it in their pitiful dictionary and assumed that I couldn't spell Duodenum. They wouldn't allow the word and I was fuming. I still fulminate on the injustice of it to this day ... which is maybe a tiny bit precious of me. After all, that game was in pre-internet 1981 ...

chris hale said...

Stevyn - It was Bergerac! Although Hoist the Jolly Ronald would have been both more amusing and more obscure!

doctawho42 said...

Oh dear Stevyn, 1981.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Chris - Ah yes, you and I will probably be the only people to have ever heard Ronald's 'jolly wheeze'. And probably a good thing too.

Hannah - 1981. You weren't even foetal then were you? Sigh.

Debby said...

Yes. Okay. I'd better avoid you in Scrabble as well. Hannah wasn't 'foetal' in 1981? Perhaps, Hannah, I could interest you in a game of Trivial Pursuit.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I have some semi-obliterated memories of an incomprehensible and boring game of strategy called something like Risk(?) from many years ago - anyone remember it?

I admit to not being keen on board games - I prefer playing hopscotch. Apparently this was used in the keep-fit training of Roman soldiers, so at least it's got some history to it!!

Linda S. Socha said...

Hmm...Good arguments all....for hibernating at board game time.
Linda

Linda S. Socha said...

Alas..I remember it well....Sort of a torture thing I endured for those who thought it wonderful. When it comes to board games, I fear I am mostly very selfish as in...I would rather ....really...not participate. However, since my reaction seems a bit overdone, I think I will contemplate why is that the case! :>)
Linda