Lists and Questions

Questions: question mark graphic

After being off the grid for the last two weeks of 2012, I find myself in a new year and ready to get started again. Resolutions? Eh. I have goals and I attack them no matter what day it is. I make lists all the time. I scribble in notebooks. I even have a digital recorder I babble into. My brain buzzes with more noise than the average person. Not just work stuff or writing stuff, but all kinds of stuff. I write down things like have lunch. I’m an OCD list-maker.

I don’t need another list on my list. Well, I might do it later…

However, I do have exciting plans for 2013, creatively speaking, and I’m looking forward to working on projects both big and small. I love what I do.

So. Last year, I began posting by alphabet. I’m starting 2013 at… Q.

Oh yeah. Easy one. Riiiiight. Um.

Wait. Yeah. Okay, I got one. Something that shows you the kind of person that I am. My favorite game:


You might have played it. It’s great for parties. Best with wine at parties. Each person asks a question, which must be replied to as a question, which is then followed by a question. Just questions, hence the name. You go back and forth—in question form—as long as you can… without making a foul.

How do you foul? First: you reply with a statement, which is darn well not a question, so shame on you! Or you take too long or burp or mumble instead of coming out with a question: hesitation. Tsk, naughty. You also can’t reply to any question with the same or synonymous question—that’s repetition!

On top of those fouls, you can’t reply with a non sequitur or rhetoric.

Harder than you think. Deliciously fun, especially boozled.

Classic example of the game is shown in the play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Scored like tennis. Movie version (with Gary Oldman and Tim Roth) is fun to watch too: click here for the two-minute scene of the game.

You might also be familiar with the game from the show Whose Line is it Anyway?where they buzz the foulers out for statements.

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. – Anthony Jay

One of these days, I should start a Google+ Hangout for a game of Questions. Maybe I’ll add that to a list for 2013. Another list item will have to be one of sj’s Drinkalongs. Once Fringe is over, I’ll need something to fill my Friday nights.

Peter: You brought your own sweetener?
Walter: Don’t be ridiculous. My medication.
Peter: You’re not on any medication, Walter.
Walter: Of course I am. I’ve been making it myself in the lab.
Peter: Oh, I wish you were joking.


Filed under Entertainment, Games, Journal, Life, Theatre

5 responses to “Lists and Questions

  1. Ohh….I thought you were going to start the question game here haha…but I guess you would not be able to figure out the “hesistation” fouls…..hmmmm.

    Nevertheless…welcome back from the 2 week holiday abyss! (I was on the 2 week vacation abyss followed by the 1 week holiday maw.)

    Q: Why do you think I am asking you this question?

    • karengadient

      You too! I think a lot of people are busy at the end of one year and the beginning of the next, but it feels good finally catching up with the normal routines.

      Q: Why wouldn’t I assume you’re asking as part of the game? 😉

      Yeah, hard to play that one in text. I should probably just go download Words with Friends. You know, I’ve never played that. I assume it’s like Scrabble…

      • I’ve never played Word with Friends either (nor angry birds … nor most of the other games. Oh … my daughter did get me to play Chicken vs Egg lol)

        By the way … I ‘think’ I might try to start editing my NaNo book soon.

  2. I LOVE Whose line…Ryan Stiles rocks at this!!! My significant other and I drop in ‘Questions only’ into a conversation sometimes (yes…in company…) just for a laugh. We get verrry strange looks.
    Karen; Q: Why wouldn’t I assume you’re asking as part of the game?
    Andy; Q: Are you asking everybody?

    • karengadient

      Questions-only is extremely fun in the company of others who don’t see it coming. Even better when it takes a number of questions before others catch on.

      Oh, no no. I mustn’t be tempted to continue a text-based game…

      Oh crud. Statement!

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