Sunday, October 05, 2008

Halloweeny Tag (Childish or Childhood Games)

Holly (clink on Title to find the original posting) has tagged me again (must be because the JGDS is hosting her on another Trockle tour this week and we are tying everything into Halloween which is just 26 days away. So I will play and try to have fun and tag some people this go round.

Here are the rules: One person is "It" - that'd be me. The rest of y'all - RUN!! If I tag you (as in, reach out through the monitor and grab you by the arm, or visit your blog and say "You're IT!" or somehow suck you in and get you to read this post), you're IT! YOU, in turn, must answer the questions below, then go tag as many people as you can. You can repost these rules, or point to this blog entry for explanations. If you're feeling super-creative this morning, you can even post your answer in video form, on YouTube! Or in audio form! Phone it in to! Or...oh, just play, okay? Then come back here and post a link to your reply. That's important - post a link here so we can all see what you did when it was your turn to be "It." I mean, you could just take your marbles and go home, like the kid who says, "This is stupid. I don't wanna BE 'It' again. I'm going home. What a bunch o' losers." But then good luck finding anyone to go trick-or-treating with at the end of the month.

1) What were your favorite games to play when you were a kid? Do you remember the rules? Share them here (bored kids grounded from video games will thank you):

Games - we played games? I played school and made my brothers endure lesson after lesson of whatever I could figure out was good school material. Of course, reading was always a requirement. Card games came early from my parents - we learned how to play spades but not many people really know how to nowadays. The rules vary from region to region I think. I know my parents taught us 2-handed spades, 3-handed spades and of course 4-handed spades which is played as partners. I have tried teaching my kids to play spades but they don't get it.

The object of the game is to take as many "tricks" as you can. You have to first bid or guess how many tricks you think you can take (Aces are always good bets to take tricks and if you have the Kings, Queens and maybe the Jacks to back them up, those are pretty much good calls, especially in 2-handed spades but be careful not to count on all those as tricks if you have an abundance of one suit; it's very possible your opponent has none or very few in that suit and will "trump" your high cards with a spade). Once you count how many tricks you think you can take, you write that guess down and then play out the hand. If you just make what you guessed you would make you get a 0 added behind the number you guessed (let's say you think you can take 5 tricks and your opponent says he can take 7 tricks and you make 5 exactly, then your opponent has made 8 (because there are 13 tricks available - in 2-handed and 4-handed spades; in 3-handed spades there are 17 tricks availble - you take out the 2 of clubs and shuffle and distribute the remaining 51 cards between the three people playing (51 divided by 3 = 17)). So in this example, you would score 50 and your opponent would score 71. You keep playing hands until you reach a set "winner's" score or until you become tired and bored with the game. The highest score wins.

2) Did you go trick-or-treating when you were a kid? What was your favorite costume ever?

I remember going trick-or-treating with my brothers and friends but don't remember any of my costumes.

3) How old is "too old" to go trick-or-treating?

If you are a kid at heart, you are never too old to go trick-or-treating.

4) Do you remember any silly or gross songs or rhymes from your childhood (like, "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts")? Share them with us!

The only one that comes to mind is "Found a Peanut" or the "Bumble Bee" song

(both are too long to post the words to - Found a peanut, it was rotten, ate it anyway, got sick, died and went to heaven, - I don't remember all the verses and the bumble bee song - I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee, Ouch, he stung me; I'm squashing up a baby bumble bee, ...; and again don't remember any more words or verses - but you can always look them up somewhere. I'm sure that one version that shows up will have the words I learned.

5) What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Halloween memory? I'm supposed to remember stuff from over 30 years ago? Oy vey. I don't really have any favorite memories. Maybe that is because nothing stands out as memorable. I can't even remember my costumes let alone my favorite Halloween Memory.

6) What goodies do you hope to find in your treat bag this Halloween?

With band season upon us and my kids teenagers, they don't go trick-or-treating. If their father is off and he feels like taking them to the neighborhoods that still participate in trick-or-treating, he will take them but usually there are no treats or not many by the time they get home. So I don't expect any tricks or treats this year.

Okay, YOUR TURN!! You're IT!

I'm tagging Chai (, Janelle (, Mary Ann (, Henri the Ghost (, and Cassie ( - I know that is only 5 but that is all I can think of right now. So if you are reading my blog and feel inclined to participate, consider yourself tagged and leave a comment if you take the tag and run with it posting your link so I can go read your meme. Have fun with it and keep the tag going.

(This tag is in conjunction with Holly's Trockle Trick-or-Treat tour which I'm hosting on my other blog - later this week. Trockle is a created monster - the monster under the bed to be exact - who has all kinds of funky features (he is orange and bumpy like a basketball, has one eye, three fingers with long pointed, green colored fingernails) and with whom we are going to have fun. So stop by the different host stops and see what kind of tricks or treats we may have for you.


October 5:
Joyce Anthony @ Books and Authors

October 6:
Joyce Anthony @ Books and Authors

October 7:
Janet @ Janet’s Book Nook

October 8:
Kimberly @ All About Kimberly

October 9:
Jen (Pantheistic Mom) @ My Terrene Reality

October 10:
Elysabeth Eldering @ the Junior Geography Detective Squad

October 11:
Ron Berry @ The Surreal Writer

October 12:
Lynne Thompson @ La Vida Es Un Sueno

October 13:
Wrap-up by Holly Jahangiri and Jordan M. Vinyard

There Will Be Prizes!


Tristi Pinkston said...

Hi there,

Just a reminder of your stop on the Santa Letters blog tour, due on the 20th. Thanks again!

Rain-drop said...

I am going to do this tag! woo!

Right now. Because I should be doing homework and insist on procrastinating. =3


(in case anyone wants to see my tag response, I signed my name so they'd know who I am on that list)