Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Signs Of Addiction


The first game I downloaded onto my iPhone when I got it a few months ago was Boggle.  Why do I love Boggle so much?  Because I kick BUTT at that game.  Unless I am playing my friend Kettie, whose Boggle powers exceed that of Superman’s x-ray vision, then I suck at it; which is why I never play her anymore.  Pick your battles, I say. 

Not only am I good at Boggle, but it has opened my eyes to the joy of waiting.  Waiting for your daughter to come out of the school after track practice, waiting for your son to get off the bus, waiting for the DMV to look up “efficient” in the dictionary and understand what it means, no kidding I have TIME for this now because when the ladies at the DMV desk are fighting over who gets to take their smoke break and who has to help the next customer I’m sitting patiently, tapping the letters on my iPhone and going, “I just got an eleven point word!”

I have rejected accusations from my children that I’m addicted.  Cory and I will sit on the couch and pass the game back and forth as the kids walk by and say, “You guys are so addicted to that stupid game,” and I’m thinking, “This isn’t addiction this is a marriage enhancement exercise.  Your Dad has lost 9 out of the last 10 games and he hasn’t even popped a blood vessel yet.  Take notes kids, I am better than your Dad at something! we are in LOVE!”

Then again, the kids might be right.  The other night I had to go use the bathroom and I knew I would be there a while.  I had two choices:  sit and stare at the wall OR, take my trusty iPhone into the bathroom with me and pass the time gleefully tapping up a high score.  I chose the latter.  The game lets out a little *ding!* every time you land a legitimate word, so there I was, minding my own business; tap-tap-tap-ding! tap-tap-tap-tap-ding! when all of the sudden Drew walked past the bathroom and heard me.  I noticed his feet pause outside the door and he stopped and inquired incredulously, “Mom?  Are you playing BOGGLE in there?!”  “Uh….”  Busted.

I still say I’m not addicted but I did learn a valuable lesson:  always silence your phone before playing a game in the bathroom.

16 comments:

Kirsten said...

angry birds is my game addiction of choice. and I am not ashamed to admit that I play in the bathroom as well.

Julie said...

My husband gave me an iphone for my birthday and now he jokingly says he regrets doing so. I never knew waiting COULD be so much fun!!

Karen said...

At least you're doing something educational. I'm an angry birds girl myself and after I play for like fifteen hours straight, I hang my head in shame because all I've been doing is exploding chickens to knock over a bunch of boards and bricks.

I feel stupider for writing that.

JourneyBeyondSurvival said...

*snort*
Mr. Survival increased his pit stop times by 243% after acquiring an iphone.

I myself have not noticed any such difference in myself. What did catch my attention was that all my family ever seem to say to me is, "Hey! Hey! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey!"

Naomi said...

I love Boggle too! I grew up playing that game so it too was the first thing I downloaded.

Karen E. said...

I love Boggle, and I play it on my phone every day. I got a high score yesterday waiting in the Del Taco drivethru!

Kristina P. said...

So funny! That is the only game I play on my phone! Sometimes, when I'm tired, I can only find like 3 words and then I am ashamed of myself.

Ria's Random Thoughts said...

At least you're not calling ME from the bathroom anymore.

Ma Kettle said...

There was someone in a public restroom, ensconced in a stall, playing a game on her phone. It took me a minute to figure out what the noise coming from the next stall over was. It probably wasn't polite of me to laugh, was it?

Stefani said...

Several months ago I was getting VERY concerned that my husband had some sort of intestinal worm, really I was. After looking for him for several minutes, getting sidetracked, spending time exercising, looking for him for several more minutes and finally realizing he was in the bathroom, I literally almost called 911. Then I realized he had been playing Chopper, his current game of choice (or addiction, however you'd like to look at it). Now the buzz word in our house for taking care of business is, "Playing Chopper" (ie; "I need to go "Play Chopper" or "Have you been "Playing Chopper?")

ganelle said...

Hey! I'm on the pot right now!!!

Patty Ann said...

I have actually never played boggle! I love angry birds and I am going to see about getting boggle next. I like the have choices!

Mom of Three said...

I thought we had technology so we could take it into the bathroom with us. Portability baby!!

mormonhermitmom said...

You are so high tech! I do Sudoku in the bathroom the old fashioned way - a puzzle book and a pen. It's quiet until I mess up and then I can be heard screaming, "CRAP!"

anitamombanita said...

angry birds for me...and drop words... but that's only because I don't have YOU to slaughter at boggle...haha..LOL...

you need to meet my husband. he's just plain addicted to his iPhone... he's the one to talk to if you want to know what apps to download... ;)

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