Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Fun With Free Association

The kids are, of course, back in school. The Understudy is in sixth grade now and her "language arts" (formerly known as "English") teacher recommended a Scrabble-type game called "Bananagrams." The Understudy told me about it yesterday and, since it was pay day and sunny and I was in an oddly generous mood, I went to the sweet little toy shop in Stowe and, (you may want to buckle on a helmet here if you're prone to fainting), I paid retail for it ($17 and change).

Well, I guess now that we have played it a few times it may be worth it. It has the beauty of simplicity. Essentially, the game is just a little banana-shaped bag of tiles with letters on them. The goal is to make words out of them. There is no board and no scoring, you just have to use up the tiles in your hand to win. Oh, the pleasures of middle age. (This is what we're doing for fun on a Friday night).

As if this wasn't thrilling and reward enough on its own, the name of the game (for those with short attention spans, it's "Bananagrams") put me in mind of that great old Saturday Night Live skit, the Land Shark.

Comedy doesn't generally age very well, and something this stupid really shouldn't be funny, and yet... So, for those of you of a certain age, here they are again for your viewing pleasure: Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman as the victims of the Land Shark - the cleverest species of them all (as per a Richard Dreyfusesque John Belushi).

Sorry about the commercial they shoved into this video. It's worth sitting through it if only to see our dearly beloved Gilda again.

Have a nice weekend. I am off to challenge Whusband for Bgrams supremacy.


Lulu LaBonne said...

loved the skit. The banagram game seems like a 70s game I picked up at a junk shop. letters on tiles, there's no board but you do attach your word to someone else's on the table and you can also swap a letter on the table for one of your own.

BTW - I'm a total tart

Madame DeFarge said...

Hadn't seen this before, so very enjoyable. I always liked Gilda Radner, so good to see her again. Hope you kicked butt on Bananagrams.

R. Sherman said...

You need to figure out a way to add a) drinking and b) gambling, at which point you could be come rich, although it would probably put the game out of reach for most children.



KSV Woolfoot said...

Lulu - The kids insisted on acting out Landshark at the piano teacher's house today (an 80-something hard of hearing German Jewish immigrant). She didn't seem to have any idea what the kids were doing (Shackleton played the shark) but she had the sense to laugh.

Madame -
It still gives me a pain to think that Gilda Radner died so young. True confessions: I memorized the entire album of her '70s Broadway show when I was about 12. I think I can still sing "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals." Whusband, malheureusement, worked out a system for kicking butt in Bgrams. He uses a first grade vocabulary and whoops all comers.

R - Hmmm. The drinking would be easy. Maybe you would have to take a shot every time you turned over a vowel? Too much? A "j" or an "x". Gambling is harder for me to think about because it involves odds and that means math and some of us became lawyers because we couldn't do math.