Thursday, September 16, 2010

Punch Buggy

I’m not sure when the game began or how, all I know is I was driving the family someplace when I first heard it.

“Punch buggy blue!” shouted the Bean from the backseat.

I gave WonderWife™ a curious look and she replied with an expression that read, “So I didn’t tell you but um, yeah we’re doing this now.”

In the weeks that have passed, we’ve been playing Punch Buggy incessantly, though instead of slugging each other on the arm we simply keep score on each car trip. WonderWife™ has proven to be the most adept at the game, able to spot a Bug across the freeway like a hawk tracking a mouse in the desert.

We’ve all gotten pretty competitive too, even young Sprout.  Though because of her age and small stature, she is at somewhat of a disadvantage against the rest of us. Playing the game has also taught me something about my son—he’s a cheat.

He likes to call out phantom Bugs, usually right after WW™ has spotted one—the same color too.  Though it's pretty easy to tell when he's lying.

“Where?” I challenge after he conveniently spots a Bug that nobody else has seen.

“On the other side of the street, going backwards really fast.”

“I’m going to have to call ‘shenanigans’ on that one, buddy.”

I find myself calling “shenanigans” a lot when I play with the Bean.

My problem lately is that I can’t stop playing the game, even when I’m alone. I notice every single VW Bug on the road and sometimes even call them out. There are a lot of Bugs on the road.

I don’t know when the kids' fervor for playing the game will subside. Even if we try to stop, the Bean continues to call out every punch buggy he sees. So in order to keep him on his toes every once in a while I send him a message, just to let him know that I’m still playing too:



16 comments:

Captain Dumbass said...

I'd love to play that with my kids, but the instant we get in the car their whining for the DVD player and it's not worth the bitching to deny them. Ya, parent of the year here.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

That is why I don't think I'll ever buy a car with a DVD player in it. (Though on a long car trip in the future, I might be eating my words.)

SciFi Dad said...

OK, taking shots of VW Beetles with your cell phone camera? Is a pretty cool Daddy thing to do, man.

Thumbs up.

Didactic Pirate said...

Calling "shenanigans" is definitely nicer that what I say when I bust my kid for cheating. I believe last time I caught her hiding a card during Go Fish, I told her Santa Claus hates her for being a Rotten No-Good Card Thief.

I'll challenge you for that Dad of the Year trophy, Captain Dumbass.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Sci Fi...Thanks for the thumbs.

Pirate...I tried the same line before I realized I was Jewish and it wouldn't work.

I'm going to be staging a Dad of the Year award soon. Dumbass and Pirate are both entered.

Surfer Jay said...

It's a good thing you've restrained from playing the violent version of slug bug(for now, wait till he's older), especially because now there is millions of bugs on the road with all the new ones.

missylovesyou said...

now that he's mastered the game..... have him start looking for only the old ones to call out!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Jay...Tell me about it.

Missy...I call enough fakes as it is, you trying to make my life harder? ;)

Mariah said...

i hate tell you this, but the game never ends, it just gets weirder when they get older. Like if there are two in a row there is some strange and foreign sentence you have to scream. Also my kids have started punching rather then just yelling punch bug. Good times

James (SeattleDad) said...

Are there extra points for older models?

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

OKay that is too cute. And a cute game. We play it also...except my 8 year old really punches and so does my husband. I'm horrible at it... and my husband and son are excellent at it...

yours though... is cute.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Mariah...Noooooooo!

James...There will be when he goes old enough to really decipher the difference.

Shelle...Thanks!

Andrea said...

I used to love playing this when I was a kid. Except my mom freaking hits you hard when she calls it out.

I would buy a bug in a heartbeat. I love that car.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Andrea...She hits because she's excited.

Papa K said...

We play this ggame too... but everytime we see a bug then that means we get to kill a hobo later.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Papa...Ha! Good. The world has too many hobos.