Monthly Archives: November 2013

Roadtrip Games

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My family used to drive from Wisconsin to Delaware every other summer for the best family vacation an extrovert could ask for. We went to the beach with all our other cousins (20ish) for a week and it was always a blast. But the drive? It was 23 excruciatingly long hours.

aladdinMom, Dad, and three boys, stuffed in a van. I was always delegated to the back seat with my middle brother, and as you would expect, a lot of hell broke loose. However, we also played a lot of games in the car. Sure, it did include the handheld amazingness that was an Aladdin or 101 Dalmatians game. But more than these video games, we played a lot of thinking games, searching games and word games to help pass the time. Now, as three competitive boys often do, we fought about rules a lot. Ultimately, we made a rule book. So, here are the Rules & Regulations of some of the best road trip games I know.


This game is one I play to this day. Many people play versions of this game, with different rules, but in general it’s pretty simple. If you see a car with one headlight out, you touch the roof of the vehicle and say “Padiddle” as fast as you can. You get one point for being the first one to say it.

Bonus Points: 2 points for a padiddle on a government vehicle (cop car, fire truck, ambulance, etc.), funky car (slug-bug, cruiser bruisers), or semis. You also can score 3 points if you see a full tail light out (known as a cyclops, not a padiddle). During long drives, you can get a lot of padiddles, so the game can get intense with big comebacks.

The ABC Game

Another classic. Most people know the ABC game, but that’s exactly why it makes my list. On a tremendously long drive, it’s going to be played. The game is very simple. You must find words on signs, cars, buildings, and whatever else you can see out of your vehicle that start with the next letter up. You start with A, then B, and all the way to Z. It’s fun to race other people in the car to Z. It makes difficult letters like J, K, Q, X and Z all that much more searched for.

When playing the ABC game, kids love driving through the cities, and this must take a little extra tension off the driver, as the constant fighting is likely paused for maximum gaming. If the “starts with a…” version is too much, you can play the easier, find the letter anywhere in the word version. Other classics I could include but won’t are I Spy, Categories and 20 Questions.

Sprinkler Searching

Kind of a little kid only game. Also kind of a midwest game. Basically, as you are on a multi-hour drive during the summer/fall, you try to be the first to spot the giant sprinkler systems that water big fields of crops. They are sometimes tucked back into corners around wooded patches, so it’s a game that keeps everyone looking around the car in different directions.

One Red Hen

From a rules standpoint, this is a tremendously easy game. You repeat without making mistakes. One person is the leader, and he or she goes around introducing the game to others. And it goes as follows.

1 Red Hen…. 1 Red Hen AND a Couple of Ducks…. 1 Red Hen, a Couple of Ducks, AND Three Brown Bear…. 1 RH, A Couple of Ducks, 3BB, AND 4 running hare….

Remember to say AND before the last thing of each round. As you keep going, here are the numbers.

5 fussy felines fidgeting on a fence….  6 simple simons sitting on a stump….  7 Sicilian Sailors Sailing the Seven Seas….  8 egotistical elephants elevating in and out of existence…. 9 nibbling nubblins, nibbling nubblins…. AND 10 tiny tots, tentatively tinkering with tiny turds in a tiny toilet.

A victor is crowned if they make it all the way through without a mistake. If they fumble over some words, it goes to the next person in the circle, and you start over again!

Obviously you’re encouraged to make up your own version of the game, but for the first run-through, this one is the bees knees.


This might be my favorite brain game. It’s also great for around campfires, but it helps pass time on Road trips as well. Basically, this is a pattern solving game. It goes like this, “I’m going to treeland, and I’m going to bring a _____, but not a _____.”

Each new round brings about another pattern. Players then try to figure out the pattern to get into treeland. As the creator, you keep giving examples of ways in to treeland, until the other players think they know. When they have a guess, they ask in the same way, “Can I come to treeland if I bring __, but not __?” If yes, they’re in. If no, they keep trying

Here are a couple of examples of easy puzzles.

Green Glass Door Puzzle – the first word is anything without two consecutive letters (box, cow, red, brick, house, etc.) and the second word does, (balloon, green, door, glass, puzzle, etc.).

White Icicle – The two words in this puzzle combine to create the initials of a state. As I’m from Wisconsin (WI) we always use “bring a whale, but not an icicle” combination.

Opposite Letters – For this one, you need to know your alphabet. If the first word starts with an A, then the second word would start with a Z. B with Y. C with X. D with W, and so on. It’s pretty easy, but it’s tough to figure out right away.

You can do any type of basis for your puzzles, be it based off the words or based off situations. Using things like, syllables, number of letters, letter placement, and others are great. But you can also do things like living things versus non-living (fish versus water, tree versus concrete, etc.).

For a more advanced game, you can try to make your leads sound like they fit into more than one pattern. It throws the players off, and it in general, spices up the challenge.

Zitch Dog

This is included because it’s awesome. Also, this one time, in a truck, two buddies and I drove from Eau Claire to Green Bay in Wisconsin (3 hours-ish) with “500 Miles” on repeat. It was awesome.

Anywho, zitchdog is quite the easy game. You see a pooch, you say zitchdog. That’s it.

If you like my road trip games, check out, “Cruising USA.”

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Women Kinda Rock

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I grew up with two older brothers. I had no sisters. I learned about life without women around. I didn’t really have the chance to live in close quarters with a girl until I was moving in with three at the same time. I’ve lived with only women since. They’re cleaner, always have candles, and don’t eat all of my food. It’s a win.

What I learned from the last several years is that women are pretty bad ass. And I really admire how strong you all are throughout the random happenings of life… (sorry to generalize throughout this article, BTdubb)

I always admire how you can pull yourself together if a random person enters the conversation when you’re heated. We were mid-argument when the pizza guy arrives. Suddenly, you’re like a perfect school girl, answering the door with a smile and a thank you. But the minute that bad boy closes, you’re able to flip the switch and blast us. I don’t have that control, and it’s very impressive that most of you ladies do.

Speaking of control, I really admire your self-control during your time of the month. I know that in the media, it is a common argument that women on their periods are the equivalent of a gigantic lizard raining terror down upon an entire city. Although I’ve never experienced menstruation and base all of what I know on word-of-mouth and the media, I’ve come to the conclusion that the sources are wrong.  I can never really tell when you girls are on your time. You keep it locked up. You don’t bitch. You are rockstars.

This goes double for girls I’m dating. When I’m with you constantly throughout the day, and we start fooling around late at night, and you stop me with a subtle, “sorry, my aunt flow is visiting,” I am baffled. Where was the evil devil woman? Nowhere. Just a delight who held it together all day and still brought spunk to the table. I truly admire this anti-stereotype.

Speaking of defying stereotypes, I also love it when a girl does something typically performed by a man and absolutely crushes it. I’m talking about the girl who runs train on everything in life. She knows how to change her own flat tire and the oil in her sleek Audi A4, (Love these). She also does her own finances, taking care of her monthly budget and taxes.

To be honest, my mom does our finances, so I can’t say it’s always a male task, but I love seeing you girls tackle tasks like these with ease. But more than just being able to accomplish these tasks, I really admire that you’ll do it with grit, determination, and a zero-shits-given attitude, all the while, brimming with confidence and spunk.

It makes me so happy to be living in the 21st century. Women are gaining their own place. It is great, and I am glad to watch you take control.

Also, shout out to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. I love both Parks and Rec and 30 Rock. You two were great on SNL, great with your own shows, and are always classy as F$%k. Love you ladies.

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Feelings that Need their own Word

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There are a lot of times where you’re trying to find a word for your emotions, but unfortunately, the English language doesn’t have one. You end up sitting there with your tongue out, snapping your fingers and wordlessly mouthing words that are close, but just don’t cut it. As a writer, there is nothing worse than trying to express an emotion without the proper verbage. So, here are some of the feelings that I believe warrant their own word.

Jackson’s Dictionary, part 1.

little kid blurting.

Shaamony (noun, sha.mah.knee) – The feeling you get when someone is in the middle of a story, and you have the overpowering urge to interrupt and share your pressing opinion on the matter. As you age, you’ll begin to control your shaamony urges, although, it’s more about maturing and letting go, than simply getting older. The natural response to an increase in shaamony control will be your growing flizzado. ~~~ I was filled such strong shaamony when she commented about hump day, for I had just witnessed the funniest commercial ever and wanted to “Mike mike mike mike mike” them. (verb form is shaamonize).

Cariella (noun,, w/ a rolled R)- The feeling you have when you are walking away after a fantastic first date. You’re feeling giddy, the butterflies are fluttering, and you are already picturing a bright future. ~~~ My love life is seriously pathetic. It has been ages since I felt even a twinge of cariella after a date

Flizzado (noun, Fli-zah-doe) – The disappointment you feel when you had something extremely pertinent to input into a conversation, but could not fit it in before the conversation changed. Typically, you sit on your juicy nugget of insight forever because there was no opening for it, and you are too nice to shaamonize the situation. ~~~ I was filled with flizzado when the topic changed to sports and I hadn’t chimed in with my Barney story.

Splanger (noun, ends like hanger not anger) – The feeling you get when the show you’ve been binging on Netflix comes to a sudden end. Your binge is crushed, and you are overcome with everything from exaltation to depression. ~~~ Just finished watching Breaking Bad, and I think I finally understand what John was saying about splanger.

Quirrly (noun, k.were.lee) – The mental erection you get when a stranger randomly brings up your favorite topic in a conversation. It’s a mix of elation and control, as you don’t want to let out your unbridled excitement. ~~~ I really thought she was a bitch, but then she mentioned Luna’s wit, and I was overtaken by a strong feeling of quirrly.

Fleurbed (noun, Like Delacour, it’s – The feeling of utter fullness and drowsiness that only comes after gorging on a huge meal. This is often noticed at the best holidays, including after the Fourth of July grill out or Thanksgiving dinner. ~~~ Dude, I am ridiculously fleurbed; your mom seriously knows what she is doing in the kitchen.

Friggly (noun, Frig.glee) – The feeling you have after waking up from a long night of drinking, and you miraculously don’t have a hangover. ~~~ The nine tequila shots, coupled with the dozen beers should have left me feeling like death, but honestly, I’m feeling friggly this morning.

Pergumbled (noun, per.gum.bulled) – The feeling of having a word sitting on the tip of your tongue, but not being able to think of it. ~~~ It’s like aaaahhh, type of ummmm, well shit, I am just so pergumbled right now, so forget it. I guess I’ll just go write a blog about all the times this has happened to me.

Stay tuned in the future for more words from Jackson.

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