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The 74th Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid’s dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.

Let’s begin.

It just may be the greatest game of all time.  It beats out Candy Land, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and even Life.

It’s the Ungame.


The point of the Ungame is to talk about your feelings–my favourite thing to do regardless of whether I’m winning or losing.  You move around the board, but there is no place you’re aiming to reach and the game only ends when your mother looks at the clock and realizes that it’s eight minutes until Dallas and by fuck could y’all get in bed already.

With each move, you either land on a space and talk about your feelings (tell us about a time when you were fearful?) or draw a card and talk about your feelings (describe how you’re feeling right now in three words).  See, greatest game of all time.  And it is only enhanced by imbibing alcoholic substances before playing.

My mother was cleaning out the closet and gave me our copy from the 80s because she remembered how much I loved it.  And do I.  I’ve even left it in the hallway as a conversation piece for when people come over and see those groovy photographs on the game box.  Expect to be seeing a lot of the Ungame on this blog as I play it incessantly.

What are you showing today?

Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (Important: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog’s name, not your name. Links not going to a Show and Tell post will be deleted). The list is open from now until late Friday night and a new one is posted every week.

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:

Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
  • If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Wednesday night (or any time between Wednesday morning and Friday night), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything–a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn’t need to contain a picture if you can’t get a picture–you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Wednesday night and closes on Friday night.
  • You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
  • Label your post “Show and Tell” each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog’s main url–use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
  • Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good “ooooh” and “aaaah” and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
  • Did you post a link and now it’s missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.


1 karlinda { 10.14.09 at 7:27 pm }

You know, I’d never heard of this game before you mentioned it (guess it wasn’t popular in the UK), but I *have* to get a copy now!

2 Erica { 10.14.09 at 8:11 pm }

I’m guessing that mostly women play this game? I can only imagine telling my guy friends they need to drink AND talk about their feelings. I would love it though.

3 HereWeGoAJen { 10.14.09 at 8:29 pm }

Never heard of it. I look forward to playing with you, however.

4 Quiet Dreams { 10.14.09 at 9:00 pm }

Why did I not know about this game before? Why do I not own it? I think I would drive people crazy with it, too.

5 a { 10.14.09 at 9:13 pm }

Well, there’s a game you wouldn’t find me playing until I’d had at least 3 drinks (because for me, 3-20 drinks are all the same. Before 3, I’m tipsy. After 20, I’m vomiting. Anywhere in between, I’m just drunk).

6 Another Dreamer { 10.14.09 at 10:21 pm }

I’d never heard of that. That is actually a really cool idea for a game, maybe they should re-invent it and try to make it more marketable for people these days.

7 Lavender Luz { 10.14.09 at 11:29 pm }

I would play this with you any day.

I would find it fascinating, tedious and retro.

8 Battynurse { 10.14.09 at 11:46 pm }

Sounds like a different sort of game. I don’t think I would have given up Life for it though as a kid. Life was my favorite.

9 S { 10.15.09 at 1:50 am }

Sounds like a fun game. I also like talking about my feelings, so I should check it out.

I love playing Taboo. I miss the college and grad school days when there was always a group of friends around to play.

10 Half of a Duo, Raising a Duo { 10.15.09 at 8:47 am }

Field trips galore here in New England… the weather is great, the views are stunning with all the color… the boys are out and about every single day. I am blogging to remind myself of these days and times, so precious, so the boys will remember, too. They are only 18 mos old so I am sure they won’t remember but I want to document every fun moment!

That’s my show and tell. Pictures of gorgeous places with my kids in them. Purgatory Chasm, pumpkin patches and roadside farms… haybales, apple picking. All the rites of passages kids in New England live out….

11 Minta { 10.15.09 at 9:04 am }

I had never heard of this game, but it sounds great! Do you know if it’s still in stores?

12 Wishing4One { 10.15.09 at 9:11 am }

Never heard of it really. Although I must admit i was not a board gamer back in the day, wish I was, but sadly was not. Sounds so much like a Lolli game though and I love the game box if nothing else. Sweet pics!

13 once a mother { 10.15.09 at 4:49 pm }

wow, why didn’t I think of that… the ungame! I love the eighties pics on the box, although I never remember looking like that. Did we look like that?… really? I think I need a card to talk about how I feel about having once looked like that.
Thanks for sharing

14 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 10.15.09 at 8:21 pm }

You are SUCH an Ungame person, Mel. I don’t know anyone who is more quintessential Ungame than you.

15 Lin { 10.15.09 at 10:24 pm }

Wow! I’ve never heard of the Ungame, but it sounds right up my alley! And, I wouldn’t mind “tricking” my hubby into playing a game where the sole purpose was to talk about your feelings…hmmmm….

16 Io { 10.15.09 at 10:49 pm }

I totally want this game! This would be perfect with my next girly weekend.

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