Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dog Party Rules.

This is almost always played at my theatre's cast parties.

Items needed: pair of dice and a bowl to throw them in (one with high sides might be useful)

Everyone brings an item (the teapot being a prime example, the tackier, more ridiculous or more unlovable the better) wrapped.

Everybody sit/sprawl in a circle (depending on how much you've had to drink, the shape can vary)

The game is played in 3 rounds:

Round 1 (the distribution round):
Choose someone to start (person with the longest hair, youngest, eenie meenie, however)

  1. That person rolls the die.
  2. 7, 11 or doubles pick any one gift. Do NOT open yet

    1. If doubles are rolled, roll again. repeat 1 above
    2. Anything else pass die to next person.

  3. Repeat til all the items have been chosen. Not everyone will necessarily have one. Some people may have more than one.

Round 2 (the presentation round):

Starting with the first person to have gotten a "present", they open ONE, show and describe to the rest of the group. This round can be really ridiculous depending on the inherent nature of the item or maybe wording on the packaging. Only one package is opened at a time until they've all been displayed. Obviously, if one person has been "lucky" enough to acquire a bunch will have to finish up on his or her own.

Round 3 (the speed round):
This is the cutthroat, how much do your friends like you round. In this round, alliances are formed and if you don't pass the die as soon as you've rolled them even before picking items, people will yell mean things at you...especially as time is running out.

The basic rules are pretty much the same as round 1. However, this round is timed.

  1. Multiply the number of people of people by 10 seconds. Thia is the time limit. Someone a non-player or player needs to track this.
  2. Same person rolls the die.
  3. 7, 11 or doubles pick any one gift from anybody else

    1. If doubles are rolled, roll again. repeat 2 above, EXCEPT!

      1. if you roll snake eyes, take any one item from someone and give it to someone else, then repeat 2 above

    2. Anything else pass die to next person.

  4. Repeat til time runs out. What you have at this point you're yours

Note: one person's dog party item is another person's treasure, so no fair hiding something during the speed round

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dear Scott,

Last week, within 2 days of each other, we lost our beloved 11 year old dogs. We are both having to cope with ghost dogs and the cats who miss them.

I don't know what your day to day interactions with Kirby were, but I am completely sure you are still starting to do them and then suddenly realizing that he's not there.

I haven't decided which of us is the more "fortunate". I was with Maddie in our living room when she died and you weren't able to be with Kirby. But, on the other hand, you get to remember Kirby as Kirby and not have to deal with the intermediate steps of Kirby to animatronic Kirby to not Kirby. My memories of Maddie will always be overlaid with her actual ending. My husband and kids, while they have the intellectual knowledge of what happened at the end, in their hearts have the happy happy dog who is no more.

The big difference between our losses is that you are the artist of a popular strip with thousands of followers and I'm not. The people who know about my Maddie are people who also knew her and grieve for me and with me out of personal knowledge. You have to deal with the few people who genuinely understand your grief to those who sympathize with you but don't quite know how to express it to those who are taking the opportunistic to moment to say "Hey Scott!! Look at me. I'll come up with something that will show you how deep and cool I am".

I am one of the first group, especially in the timing. You have my complete empathy and sorrow and I wish I could tell you how soon you will not have this terrible emptiness, but I can't because I still have that same emptiness myself...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

In honor of my dog, Maddie, who died today

They like me.
I think they're swell.
Isn't it remarkable
How things turn out so well?

Pleasant day, pretty sky
Life goes on, here I lie
Not bad, not bad at all.

Cozy home, board and bed
Sturdy roof beneath my head
Not bad, not bad at all.

Faithful friends
Always near me,
Bring me bones,
Scratch my ear

Little birds
Come to cheer me
Ev'ry day
Sitting here,
On my stomach
With their sharp little claws
Which are usually cold,
And occasionally painful,
And sometimes there are so many
That I can hardly stand it...


I feel ev'ry now and then
That I gotta bite someone.
I know ev'ry now and then what I wanna be.
A fierce jungle animal crouched on the limb
Of a tree

[GIRLS (offstage)]
La la la la la la la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la la la la la
I'd stay very very still
Till I see a victim come.
I'd wait knowing very well ev'ry second counts.
And then like the fierce jungle creature I am
I would pounce!
I'd pounce!
I'd punce!

You know, I never realized it was so far down to
the ground from up here.

Let me see, where was I?
Oh, that's right, the pretty sky,
Not bad, not bad at all.

Cozy home, board and bed
Sturdy roof beneath my head
Not bad, not bad at all.
Not bad, not bad at all.

I wonder if it will snow tonight.

- Snoopy's Song, You're Good man Charlie Brown, lyrics by Clark Gesner