Thursday, February 4, 2010

Slug Bug Silver!

Because we're dorks in this family, we like to play a little game we like to call "Slug Bug."  Yes, yes, this game has been around ever since I can remember, which lately means sometime yesterday, but my darling daughter, Thing 2, has really taken it quite seriously which isn't all that surprising because she's one of the most competitive people I know.  Actually, she and I play it; TheManTheMyth and Thing 1 think we're dorks (see first sentence).

Anyway.  If you are one of the few people in the Western Hemisphere who does not know what the game of "Slug Bug" is, it's when you see a Volkswagon Bug/Beetle and you slug the person next to you in the arm while shouting "Slug Bug!"  It helps if you know the person you are slugging because strangers do not always find it amusing to be socked in the arm by someone yelling "Slug Bug!" and have been known to retaliate by slugging you back but not in the arm and when you finally regain consciousness, you've got one hell of a black eye. Don't ask me how I know this.

Anyway, in OUR family, we just have to touch the person instead of slugging them and you have to call out the color of the Bug as in, "Slug Bug Silver!"
This way, the person who has just been lightly slugged will know what to look for.  It's very important to specify the color so that nobody is cheating by claiming to see a Bug that isn't there just for the sake of winning. Yeah, I'm talking to you, Kaylyn.  And if the Bug is a convertible, you must specify both the color and that it's a convertible, as in "Slug Bug Baby Blue Convertible!" and you have to get all that out while tapping the other player before they can blurt it out before you.  Although one time Kaylyn muddled up her words and it came out, "Slug Bug Blaby Blue" and so now, all light blue Bugs are now "Blaby Blue" and you must say it like that.  It's a rule.

Nobody keeps score, unlike the time when Kaylyn and her Uncle Gaga decided to play a game of 100 PT Cruisers.  Whoever got a total of 100 points from spotting PT Cruisers first was the winner and let me tell you, it got ugly and there was plenty of tears and finger pointing and cries of "Cheater!" because someone, coughKaylyncough, has a tendency to cheat and pad her score since the wood paneled PT Cruisers and the convertibles PT Cruisers seemed to be worth more points although it was never decided how many points they were worth but as I said, it got ugly so we thought it would be best NOT to keep score in Slug Bug although Kaylyn still cheats by resting her hand on my arm or leg while I'm driving so that if she sees a Slug Bug first, she's already got an advantage and have I mentioned that she cheats?

Even when I'm out driving with non-family members, we'll be in the middle of a conversation and if I see a Bug, I will reach over, touch the person and in mid-sentence, say "Slug Bug Black" and then continue with what I was saying without missing a beat.  Yes, I get some odd looks but hey, I win!

One night, TheManTheMyth and I were sitting on the couch, watching TV and that commercial for Volkswagon with the vintage talking Beetle came on and very calmly and quietly, TheManTheMyth, reaches over, taps me on the arm and says, "Slug Bug Black."
He wins.


  1. LOL! Yep, I am too familiar with this game. I took my kids on a 2-week car trip through Mexico many years ago. By day three each of their arms were black and blue from spying the millions of Bugs south of the border. Not to mention, I went crazy by hearing "Slug Bug!" every frickin' mile of the trip.

  2. We play it, too and I also have the ultra highly competitive one who cries if she doesn't win. She probably cries because, being my youngest, whenever she started having a fit, I'd say, "Oh, just let her win."

    You get tired with the third.

  3. LM competitive?? You mean like the time she was hip-checking the little kids at Sean's 5th birthday party?? Did I mention she was like 10 years older than they were? Nah, no competitive spirit there...