In the semester of college before I got knocked up, my roommates and I liked to play a popular drinking game called “I’ve Never.” We’d go around the room and say something we’d never done; anyone who had done it had to take a sip. It was a chance to force your friends to tattle on themselves, to dig up dirt, to have a laugh, and, mostly, to get drunk off your ass. Probably no one who reads this blog with any frequency is surprised to learn I played this game; perhaps you’re not even surprised I talked my parents into playing it with me just this past Christmas vacation.
But what might surprise you– what surprises me— are all the very normal things that most people my age have done that I’ve Never. So let’s play. Give yourself a point for everything on my list that you’ve done.
Things you probably did in childhood that I’ve Never:
- Play checkers
- Play on a sports team
- Go fishing
- Go camping
- Break a bone
Culinary experiences you’ve probably had that I’ve Never:
- Cook a turkey, a chicken, or a ham
- Eat a roast beef sandwich
- Eat relish
- Eat a banana split
- Eat a Whopper (the burger, not the malt ball)
- Close-calls: I didn’t eat a Krispy Kreme donut til college, cherry pie til last year, or a Big Mac til last month.
Risky business you’ve probably tried that I’ve Never:
- Theater hop
- Ring & run
- Dine & dash
- Body piercing
Coming-of-age rites you’ve probably gone through that I’ve Never:
- Change a tire
- Drive a stick shift
- Live alone
- Travel alone
- Stand up in a wedding
Pop culture phenomena you’ve probably been involved in that I’ve Never:
- Read Harry Potter
- Watch E.R.
- Watch Jaws
- Play Sega
- Own Polly Pockets
- Wear Doc Martens (I’m still sensitive about this one. I wanted the knee-highs. Badly.)
So, how’d you score? Which of mine surprised you most? And what normal things that most people have done have You Never?