“Are you writing a book?”

Today is foggy and damp with rain expected. I noticed stalwart golfers when I drove pass the course. Some were pulling their clubs while others rode golf carts with the striped awning tops. In the fog, I could only see the golfers closest to me. The others were mere outlines. When I crossed the bridge over the river, the houses along its banks were barely visible. It started to rain a bit as I turned onto my street.

As I was driving home, I saw a car with only one lit headlight and right away I said padiddle out loud which surprised me as I hadn’t given the padiddle game a thought in almost forever. My padiddle had to have come from the furthest reaches of one of my memory drawers and was automatic as if I’d played the game only yesterday. When I was a kid, we played padiddle only at night because no cars back then had daytime running lights. I remember the first person to yell padiddle had to touch the ceiling faster than anyone else to win the game. We used to get points, and, obviously, the winner was the one with the most points. When I was younger, the winner got to punch one of the losers in the arm. When I was older, the last person to hit the ceiling had to remove an article of clothing. We never did play that game to its finish.

Padiddle reminded me of, “Jinx, you owe me a coke.” That came into play when two people said the exact same thing at the same time. The easy version ended there, but sometimes you got a punch if you didn’t say it first and other times you were jinxed and couldn’t talk. I don’t remember ever getting that coke.

I love seeing rock, paper, scissors still being used, even if it is in TV commercials. That game was the almighty arbiter when we were kids. It started when your closed fist was banged three times on the palm of your other hand then out came either rock, paper or scissors. If you won, there was a set action. If paper, your out-stretched fingers, won, it covered the rock, your opponent’s fist; a rock hit scissors which meant the scissors were now broken and had lost. In turn the scissors cut the paper and won. Most times we did two out of three.

Out of the memory drawers filled when we were kids come the most amazing things. I haven’t thought about jinx or padiddle in years, but out they came today as if it were just yesterday I punched my brother.


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  1. olof1 Says:

    Much the same weather here but I think I can’t call it fog because it was more like haze to be honest.

    I’ve never heard of those two first games You mention but paper scissor and rock was played here as well. But we said bag instead of paper, the bag hid the rock.

    We used to play the word game, we have three letters on the cars registration signs and we had to make a word out of these three letters. It had to start and if possible end with the first and last letter, no names were allowed to use and, it got a bit tricky after a while 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It rained heavily this afternoon, and we’re glad for it as it hasd been so dry.

      Like your bag, our paper covered the rock.

      I think it would be pretty difficult to play the word game here. Many of the first three letters are odd ones which I doubt could form words.

      We used to see who could be the fastest in adding the license plate numbers.

  2. Bob Says:

    Today is sunny and very nice. The temperatures are forecast to be in the 70s. April and October are the nicest months in North Texas. I have never understood nor played golf. Somehow hitting a little ball into a cup while walking around seems ridiculous. I know many of my colleagues are addicted to this very elitist game. I for one have too many frustrations in my life to add another 🙂 Most golf courses require that the players rent carts to speed up the game and get more people onto the course. So much for the exercise excuse.

    I would love to know what triggers our brains to pop up these deep childhood memories when we least expect them. When we took car trips as a kid we played the license plate game and at night the padiddle game. We didn’t keep score because my younger sister would always accuse me of cheating. I don’t know where she got that idea. Today’s kids ride in the back seat with their iPads and iPods ignoring each other, their parents and the surrounding countryside.

    • katry Says:

      The 70’s are perfect weather for me. September and October are the nicest months here. April is usually nasty.

      The towns here have open golf courses where you can play with out being a member-given the tourists who play, they have not much choice. Here carts are the choice of the golfers.

      I don’t know how you could cheat at that game at all. I think your sister was just mad you won all the time.

      It’s true about kids being preoccupied these days so much they miss all the sights. I think there were rides when my parents would have liked that. We’d fight and say things like he’s on my side and my dad would try to whack us while still driving. We’d scramble out of the way then he’d threaten to stop the car. That usually stopped us.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    Never knew Padiddle or Jinx but played endless games of rock, paper, scissors. About memory drawars did anyone ever hear back from the older guy in TN who was on Coffee daily? He’s been gone over a year I bet. Do you remember his name? I don’t know why that came to me but it must have to do with memory. I think he had a daughter he visited for Sunday dinner every week. He was Coffee’s first casualty.

    • katry Says:

      I think you mean Richard. I was shocked when he disapppeared. I sent e-mails and never got a response.

      We used to e-mail each other all the time. He took wonderful photos and would send them to me. I am afraid something happened to him.

      He was a wonderful Coffee friend.

  4. Hedley Says:

    Was skyping with Dan this afternoon and after expressing “dissatisfaction” at Tottenham’s wheels coming off, including a rubbish effort yesterday at Loftus Road, our conversation turned to cars.
    on one famous occasion we were both stopped in Epsom for speeding after a heavy night at the Bank of England sports club. He told the Officer he was trying to shake me off…I was driving a 1961 Triumph Herald and he was in a Morrie 1000 Estate. The Police were laughing so hard that they let both of us go.
    so now we are trying to find a Morrie 1000 for a trip to the William IV pub in Mickleham, to sit in the garden, drink beer, eat pork scratchings and watch the bikes road race past us during the Olympic games.
    “Got it done” ? Says I …”Nah, been going out to lunch”….

    Old cars, life long friends, a trip down the pub and the Olympics in our home town…it’s all ok.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      This needs no response-your last sentence is the essence of what makes life wonderful and warm.

      • Bob Says:

        Still haven’t gotten over Tottenham’s defeat? It shouldn’t take to much beer and pub grub to overcome bad Brittish cars and boring Brittish sports. The Olympics should liven things up in old London town for a few weeks.

      • katry Says:

        You are walking in dangerous territory here! A man’s team is sacrosanct!!

  5. Hedley Says:

    I assume that “Bob” is not British and doesn’t have spell check.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No, he is not British, and in his defense, spellcheck does not recognize the misuse of a homophone if it is an actual word.

  6. Hedley Says:

    Oooohhhhh, wasn’t sure really, bit hard to tell, but there you go. Back to the Amazing Race and my predicted winner…Rachel and Brendon.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I’m not so sure of your choice. She seems to get emotional at the drop of a hat. I’m thinking Dave and Rachel.

      • Bob Says:

        If fake boobs Rachel & Brendon win the race it will be a disaster. If they are eliminated they should compete on Survivor so she can display her twin talents better 🙂 I like the two guys from Kentucky.

        Question: Why do they drink warm beer in England?
        Answer: Because all their refrigerators are made by Lucas.

  7. Hedley Says:

    Brendon and Rachel are America’s (AR) Team

  8. Hedley Says:

    Come on you Kentucky Boys….another non elimination week

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I know they’ll not win, but they are the nicest team especially to each other.

      • Smokey the Bear Says:

        Anyone rememember when the “Whole Earth Catalog: came out ? I wonder if it’s still in print & for sale.

      • katry Says:

        I wemt huntimg and found some info on Wikipedia, “The Whole Earth Catalog was an American counterculture catalog published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972, and occasionally thereafter, until 1998.” The article dind’t mention if it was still available.

  9. katry Says:

    I too like the guys from Kentucky. Rachel cries too much and the pilot and his wife are too often after each other. The border guards semed like nice guys then they didn’t.

  10. im6 Says:

    I’m usually one who likes to give the benefit of the doubt and want to think that most reality shows are not scripted (yes, I’m gullible). What you see is what you get. However, after tonight’s Amazing Race I’m not so sure. How could the producers NOT have made that a non-elimination round? (They never say beforehand whether one is or is not.) Bopper and Mark have got to be ratings gold and cutting them loose after all that drama would have caused an uproar with viewers (it would be like killing a puppy on tv!). As to predictions about the winning team, I have no idea. It always seems to be a crapshoot at the end — determined by traffic and taxi drivers. I will be disappointed if it ends up Brendan and Rachel. She’s the reason I gave up watching Big Brother even as sporadically as I was.

    • katry Says:

      I thought the same thing about Bopper and Mark. I doubt the program is scripted, but I wonder if the decision about a non-elimination round is made while the tasks are being done. It took 12 tries before the dance got an OK so maybe that’s when they decided to keep the team.

      You’re so right about taxis coming into play. A few have gotten lost and teams have then lost. The worst I remember is when the two sisters could have been in the finals but one had to stop to pee. I would have chosen to wet my pants.

      I suspect Brendan and Rachel may end up in the final three but I doubt they’ll win. She loses it too quickly and breaks down and cries. She drives me crazy!

  11. Hedley Says:

    Im6, I heard that Rachel really likes the new Jack White album, is looking forward to the Barca – Chelsea second leg tomorrow, and is outraged that 20% of the French vote went NF with Marine Le Pen.

  12. im6 Says:

    I promise I’m not making this up, Hedley (“Dear Hedley” seems too familiar and something private between you and Kat), but… I could almost swear that at some point in her first Big Brother season, Rachel let it be known (or maybe it was in some of the press about her) that she was a Mensa member. So perhaps she does have opinions on such matters. For once, I hope my advanced age is making me misremember things!

    I’m still formulating my reply to you re: ‘Blunderbuss.’

    • Hedley Says:

      Strangely I remember something similar about Rachel. I will be interested to see if Christer has any thoughts on what happened in France in the first round of the elections yesterday.
      I will admit that I am struggling with the new Spiritualized but looking forward to seeing them on May 4th. “Blunderbuss” is on its way to Oakland Township, assuming that Best Buy really did mail it.

  13. sprite Says:

    We use Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who gets to serve first in our volleyball games. At least, that’s the usual MO; last week we encountered someone who didn’t understand how it worked and didn’t want to take the time to learn. You’d think it would only take 30 seconds to figure it out, since children have used it to sort things out for more than half a century, but whatever. They opted to flip a coin instead.

    • katry Says:

      What’s the fun in a coin toss? I imagine the rules were just too difficult, as if!! Rock, Paper, Scissors is used by kids, adults-it doesn’t matter the age. It’s the best way we all know!

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