You’re on a long boring car trip, you’re killing time in your office (aka “working”), or you’re at the beach trying to get a tan (bad you! that stuff will kill you) . . . what kinds of things do you like to do or games do you like to play? There’re “I spy,” the car plate one (which I’ve never played but have seen in movies), the what’s that cloud look like one, and I’m sure a whole host of others I’ve not heard of.
My personal favorite is the alphabet game. For those of you who may not know what the alphabet game is, here’s a short version of the rules: you pick some topic, author, actor, television show, and you and whomever you’re playing with work your way through the alphabet with words related to the chosen topic. Say Tally and I were playing and we’d chosen . . . oh, I don’t know, Supernatural. Well, whoever went first would have “A” and would have to come up with a Supernatural-related word beginning with “A”; I would say “Ackles” for Jensen Ackles, one of the very hot actors on the show. Then the next person (in this example the fabulous Tally) would have “B” and might say “Bloody Mary” which was an episode title from Season 1 (and which I found amusing because she’s English and “bloody” is a curse word there) and on straight through the alphabet. Now there are variations on the game, and the rules need to be agreed upon, of course, before you begin; for example, someone might play this game not allowing a mix of “real” life (aka the actor who plays Dean) and the show.
As I enjoy this game when things are dull and boring in real life, I was drawn to it when I saw the ABC tag on Rii’s page, so I said that I would do it. So here I am doing it. One thing, though, is that she says we can’t use negative descriptors, with I think sucks, because sometimes I am “apathetic” and am now forced to think of something cheery and good that begins with “A.” But I will persevere . . . .
Here are the rules: For each letter of the alphabet, pick a word that best goes with you. It can be a word that describes you physically, a description of your personality, something you like or anything that you feel suits you. But keep it positive. It can be easy for so many to find their faults in themselves before their positive traits. So give yourself a pick-me-up and give it a try.
Here is the alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z (wouldn’t it be hilarious, if in being a smartass, I left out a letter or two?) Typing that did remind me of the “rule” that says that people can’t begin the alphabet after “A” and pick it up all the way through. I don’t know if this is true or not, but you try . . . start with U and finish it up. No back peddling.
Okay, on to the tag:
A. I like to think I’m . . . amusing
B. bashful (just like the dwarf, and I think it’s okay to use that term since it’s part of the title of the book/movie. Or no? Now I’m stressed, and I can’t even use that for “S.” Sigh.)
C. clever (okay, this is harder than I thought. I feel all horn tooty. Crap.)
D. devilish (that can be good, right?)
E. enlarged, elephantine, enormous . . . why do all the “e” words seem so . . . big? Um, need a positive one, though . . . elfish? Is that even a word? And if it is, what does it mean? Evil? Maybe, but that’s not really positive to most people. (tempted to peek on Rii’s for ideas, you know she came up with THREE for each letter!) Umm, Elvis? No, definitely not. You know this one is hard . . . I’ll come back to it.
Ooh, got it on “T”; how about edgy?
F. Fantastic fabulous Fanta. Oh, wait, that’s someone else. Um, me . . . frail? Definitely not. Fun.
G. Gorgeous. No, again, that’s someone else (waves happily at Gloria). Goofy (that’s good, right? I like goofy people anyway)
J. Okay, I got one, just like that (snaps fingers but nothing happens because I can’t snap my fingers and make a noise). Jolly. Is that a good one? Can a normal sized, still young feeling woman be “jolly” or is that reserved for Santa Claus/Father Christmas?
K. Keen (that has enough meanings to be puzzling)
N. Nuts (nuts can be good, as long as it’s not gone straight jacket nuts, right? I mean a little bit of being nutty is good. Right?)
O. Orange-y (well, my hair’s kind of reddish brownish orange-y, so . . . . )
P. Pensive (I think a lot); I’m also prissy. Not sure either of those is all that positive, hmmm. Passionate, then, though I suppose this can be negative when applied to ideas or politics . . . . Getting all pensive again.
Q. Quippy (I like quips. Duh)
T. Truthful, which is an overlap with honest, but I didn’t see a rule against that, so don’t get testy. Maybe tasteful?
U. Unstupid. Okay, maybe not. How about urban?
W. Well-rounded (whatever that means!)
X. “X” marks the spot (that’s about all I can do for x, don’t you want to beat me at Scrabble now?)
That was actually quite fun. If you want to do it, do it. If not, no problem, totally understand.