Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Games

Kick the Can:

One of the fondest memories I have from when I was a kid was playing Kick the Can! The basic principle of the game we played was to kick the can. This game usually involved a group of 10+ people. One person would stand near the can (which was usually a ball of some sort). They would close their eyes and count to 30 while everyone else scattered. If you were of the scattered, your mission was to sneak up and kick the can before you were seen. If the person guarding the can noticed you, they would jump over the can/ball and yell “over the can on Bleach”. Or, “Over the can Billy”. Or, “Over the can on David Letterman”. Since we were childhood friends. If you were “over the caned”, you were placed in can jail. If someone managed to kick the can, everyone in jail would be allowed to scatter again. If everyone was captured, then the first person caught became “it”. This game was a freaking blast. I remember playing for hours. A lot of time we would be forced to stop because it was getting dark and people could no longer see to “over the can” your ass. Did any of you ever play this game growing up and if so, did you have different rule variations?

Sharks and Minnows:

This game was played in the pool. Usually in the deep end. One person was in the middle of the deep end and the other 5-7 kids were standing on the side. The goal was to swim from one side to the other without getting touched by the shark If you were touched, you became a shark. This game was fun considering there is sometimes nothing to do in the pool. There is only so many times you can bust your face on the ladder yelling “Marco”. There is also only so many times you can pass out trying to hold your breath for 2 minutes. There is also only one time you can tie yourself up with rope, from one of those circle life saver things, and jump in the deep end exclaiming to everyone that you are an escape artist and will make it out alive. Yes, I actually did this.

Water Fights:

The water fights we used to have were epic battles that turned boys into men. I have decided that the description of our water fights needs to be an entirely different blog involving schematics and a lot of imagery. I assure you it will put to shame any water fight you ever thought of having.

The End:

I hope you have enjoyed these two summer games. I am going to really make an effort to blog more frequently. This blog has really not had enough fresh content this year. This is because I had both of my hands cut off by this gas powered toenail clipper. They have been surgically reattached and my typing skills are back. Have a good 4th of July!


Blogger Bean said...

I remember playing kick the can with you - specifically at your dad's apt.

good blog!

9:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

what about the game at beans...
mo-ped dodgeball

10:21 AM  
Anonymous cow said...

there is always pool volleyball that and dive/splash comps

4:15 PM  
Blogger fooiemcgoo said...

hey, i really like you.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Sassmouth said...

I played kick the can when I was young. It was so long ago that I don't remember all the rules but what you said sounds right.

We played a variation of sharks and minnows in the diving well. To be caught you had to be above water. So if someone was under you had to pull them up or weight them down long enough so they had to surface for air.

We also played that the minnows could start out of the water and dive in. If you were still out of the water when a shark touched the wall you became a shark.

These rules allowed for a lot of strategy on both sides and a lot of danger too. I remember diving on a kid once. I got hurt but not as bad as him. There were also lots of instances of kids running out of air as someone wrestled with them under water.

For some reason we called the game "Pom Pom". It's still played to this day.

7:40 AM  

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