The Games People Play

January 22, 2018

Lots of people play car games, sing songs, and entertain themselves and their kids in the car. We have always had our own twist on things… Erik wrote about the Amish Farm Game in Errant Gods, but we have many, many others.

When our son was little we played the Name Game, which is not what you might think. The object of the game was to name the things on the side of the road that we passed in a fast, constant way like “tree-tree-tree-house-tree-grass-sign-tree.” We’d go on as long as we could before we ran out of breath.

We created Yoda Spy where you play I Spy while talking like Yoda. “Something green, I spy, mmm.”

In the Complex Over-Complicated Techie Speak game you must state everything in the most complex language possible. For example: “Pilot the internal-combustion-driven conveyance on a tangent vector to cease forward motion near the rectilinear building containing the business entity dedicated to providing sustenance for internal-combustion-driven conveyance pilots during the finite slice of time dedicated to piloting said conveyance.” Clearly, that means “Take me through the drive-thru, please.”

Our latest game is Pronounce That License Plate. In NY, they usually start with 3 letters, so we read them in the car on the way and pronounce them. My favorite is HNK which sort of sounds like a combination of the word “hunk” and the sound a goose makes.

Yeah, we are weirdos, but hey, no one will ever know, right?


I asked Supergirl if she would write a few blog posts about our real lives. We’re calling it Hank and Jane IRL, and if you don’t get the Hank and Jane reference, you need to read Errant Gods 🙂