Friday, October 2, 2009

Cheater's never prosper.

A little while ago Bob and I were playing a game and I caught him cheating. When I called him on it, he started laughing and said that was part of the game. "Oh really? I don't remember seeing that in the instructions." Bob informed me that if you can get away with cheating in a game, it's just strategy. He also said it's his way of making the game more fun. Then he said "Come on.. you have never cheated?" I told him no, it wasn't as fun for me, and I wanted to know that I was winning because I played well, not because I was cheating.. then I remembered something..

Way back before I met Bob, I was dating a guy. Well one of his friends met my friend Alana, and asked her out. So we decided to double and do dinner and games. We had dinner and throughout the evening it became more and more obvious that Alana and this guy were not exactly a love connection. Then we pulled out Cranium. (If you have never played it, it's a game that encompasses drawing, acting, trivia, and multiple choice questions.. kind of like a game of charades + pictionary + trivial pursuit)

We decided to play boys against girls. I should tell you that Alana and I were about 19 or 20 at the time and they were both about ten years older than us. So they sort of had an upper hand on the trivia questions. Well before we could even start playing, Alana's date had to pull out the instructions.. he had to read them aloud before we could begin. Then if we did anything differently from the instructions he would stop the game and refer back to the rules and read them out loud again. He was so incredibly rigid on these rules that it got kind of ridiculous, and I think at one point Alana even teased him by yelling "You're sucking all the fun out of the game!"

Thus his nickname was born.. "Fun-sucker" {We lovingly referred to him for months after. "Alana, you remember that guy you went out with once?" "Oh you mean Fun-sucker?" } So in a way to keep the game fun Alana and I decided we were going to cheat and when they answered a question.. no matter what they said, it was wrong, and we would hurry and put the card back in the middle of the stack. This got to be hysterical for us, because they were both so sure that they were getting every single question right, and were so confused at the fact that we told them they were getting them wrong.

We thought we would win for sure until it came down to an obscure question about a soccer player that was apparently "Fun-sucker's" hero, and we couldn't tell him he was wrong because he would know. We actually ended up still losing even after cheating.. so I guess they're right.. cheater's never prosper.

When I relayed this story to Bob, he rolled his eyes, and said.. well you should have cheated better. Or hid the rules from him.

I give up.

(So if you ever play games with the BobCat, and you see me smack Bob.. you'll know he's cheating.)

12 comments:

hannah :: sherbet blossom said...

haha. cheating makes games not-fun for me as well. what a cute blog you have! i am doing a little surfing today. hope you don't mind. :)

Scott and Lindsey said...

Cheating isn't fun and either is super, super, super, super competitiveness. Don't get me wrong I like to win, but there are a few people that I play with (and this isn't Scott) that it is always boys against girls and it is always GIRLS SUCK. It is so over-top. Grrr!
Anyway, I haven't seen the pictures yet. We ended up rescheduling them for this Monday, so it hasn't been that long. I hope I look okay. In a few Polaroids I thought my thighs look huge. Alas, I probably wore the wrong jeans. So sad.

H&M said...

You may have to smack me too! :) I love to cheat. My family grew up looking off of each others cards, we didn't usually use the information but we would comment on each other's hands. Mike does not find this funny and he won't even let me cheat in mini-golf. I tell him he is boring and he tells me it makes it more fun not to cheat...:)I know the truth!!! You better keep an eye out for when we finally get to have a game night!

jane said...

i think it´s a guy thing...

Ida Nielsen said...

I agree with Jane; it's a guy thing. David is a master at cheating in 'rock, paper scissors' (yes, things like; "who is doing the dishes?" are often decided with a quick game of 'rock, paper, scissor' in this house ;-) )

Bonnie said...

Yeah... I used to be like you. Then I met Jon - the cheater of all cheaters. I enjoy winning of my own accord, but sometimes it's fun to cheat and get away with it! But we won't cheat at any more games at your house... you or someone else might kill us!

Katie said...

Ohhh to the contrary! It seems that when I cheat on my diet I actually lose more weight... but not if I overdo it.

So my once-a-week cheat prospers very very well!

PS Cute story. I miss ya.

P.S. said...

HYSTERICAL!!! I hope fun-sucker doesn't read your blog!

Cate said...

great story. we know a couple in cali who cheat at cards in a similar way. instead of playing by the rules or even playing to win, they play to drive the serious card players crazy. so great!

rYLeE & KaTiE said...

I can't believe it. I will have to remember never to play games with you. Or at least not to tell Rylee about your husband's affinity for cheating. McDermotts are pretty hard core about games and competition in general..

I like to win. But not enough to risk cheating....

Maybe you should send Bob to Cheaters Anonymous...

rYLeE & KaTiE said...

I can't believe it. I will have to remember never to play games with you. Or at least not to tell Rylee about your husband's affinity for cheating. McDermotts are pretty hard core about games and competition in general..

I like to win. But not enough to risk cheating....

Maybe you should send Bob to Cheaters Anonymous...

Ian said...

"Fun-sucker". I bet you have to be careful how you pronounce that one after a few drinks.