Over the weekend I discovered an untapped talent for …
Pictionary! Of all things!
I finally had my first opportunity to play this popular game that’s been around since, when, 1985?!
Trust me, none of the eight players, myself included, is a da Vinci with a colored marker. One fella’s drawings were pretty much as rudimentary as the next.
The trick to Pictionary, I surmise, isn’t in the ability to draw but to convey concepts and words with simplistic drawings that if not immediately obvious in meaning inspire associations.
I’m a words person and I excel in facile conceptual thought and thinking outside the box.
These, I discovered, are helpful skills or traits in Pictionary. Some words are quite challenging to convey in pictographs. Two toughies drawn by my teammates were “convoy” (rapidly deciphered by trucks lined front to rear) and “health.”
That one was a bit more challenging.
We were playing guys against girls. Observing the differences in pictographs produced by each gender was fascinating enough. On the “health” count, though, interestingly both artists began with stick figures sporting bulging biceps.
Naturally words including “weightlifting” and “muscles” and “weight” and “body building” and “professional body builders” and “diet” flew.
Then a building appeared next to the beefy stick figure.
A gym? So you take the ball and run with it. Toss out words and concepts as if they’re peppermint candies flung by Santa atop the parade float.
“Health!” I threw out. Why not!? You fish in and outside the net. Bingo! (and before the timer too)
The girls were amazed and it seemed that the more challenging the word, the more quickly it sprung from my mouth!
The guys, they lost, by a lot, and the girls won only bragging rights.
So tell me, where do I sign up for Pictionary Professionals? It was a blast! It’s a fast-moving game for fast-moving minds and good silly fun! I coulda played all night! I’m