Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



January 2012



I’ve Never

Written by , Posted in humor, life

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
  • Inhale

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?

  • http://gravatar.com/robshep robshep

    I’ve never puked. Ever. I’ve also never been stung by a bee.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      How have you never puked?! That is so weird. And lucky. And weird.

    • http://educlaytion.wordpress.com educlaytion

      I think you must be a cyborg Rob. I thought I might get a clean sweep on the list until the end. Never read Potter, wore docs, or whatever Polly Pockets are. Also, I’ve never killed anyone. That I remember.

      • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

        I’m surprised you never read HP– you seem like the type. You also seem like you ought to have had a grunge phase involving Docs. I’m a little disappointed, C. But glad you probably haven’t committed murder.

      • http://gravatar.com/robshep robshep

        Tamara, I don’t know how. I think it’s my spiritual gift.
        Clay, well I have had the squirts so I think that = me not being a cyborg. I wish I was though. They seem pretty rad.

  • http:/sarahaskins.com sarahaskins

    I scored 15…mostly, in the culinary and childhood stuff.

    I have never watched an episode of The Simpsons. I have never gotten a speeding ticket(hello, grandma driver).

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Wow, the Simpsons! That’s gotta be a rare one to have never.

      • Hannah

        I’ve never seen The Simpsons either. As children we were never allowed to watch Bevis and Butthead, South Park, or The Simpsons and I’ve still never seen a single episode.

        • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

          You sheltered girl. Good thing you hang out with me now. 😉

  • christian

    You have too: “Body piercing” your picture in this post betrays you.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I don’t think of ear piercing as body piercing. You know what I’m talking about! Like the nose ring I never got. *sniff*

  • http://ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman(The Barba)

    I’ve done all but 5. I know it may come as a shock but I never owned a polly pocket. *sniff* At this rate I don’t even need a cup. That may explain the high insurance rates I get, car and health.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Why am I not surprised, sir. 😉

  • Anonymous

    I’m very curious about the never puked guy. I’ve done 23 of the things you’ve never done; never read HP, dined & dashed, theater hopped or owned Doc Martens.

    I’ve never watched “Beavis and Butthead” or “The Bachelor”, never owned an iPod and never worn Crocs.

  • Karen Harrison

    I’ve done all but 4 – never dined & dashed, never theater hopped, never read HP and never owned Doc Martens.

    My own personal I’ve never: never watched “Beavis & Butthead” or “The Bachelor”, never owned an iPod, and never worn Crocs.

    I must say I’m very intrigued by the “I’ve never puked guy”. I believe him to be some sort of medical oddity and should be studied.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I don’t know how I ever managed without an iPod. But I’m with you on the Crocs– never!

  • christian

    Oh, I scored a 26…
    I’ve never “successfully” skateboarded

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Well now I want to know what body piercing you have. Actually, no I don’t. Maybe.

      • Christian

        I didn’t say that was the one…

  • http://thisgalsjourney.wordpress.com thisgalsjourney

    I’ve never broken a bone, any of the risky business things on your list, or read Harry Potter. I was well married before I had my first Krispy Kreme.

    I’ve been all over the world, but not been to over half of the U.S.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That’s funny you’ve done so much more foreign than domestic travel– not that I can blame you!

  • http://thisgalsjourney.wordpress.com thisgalsjourney

    Oh! Polly pocket…never had one. And my daughters won’t if I can help it. To dang small and I go barefoot. 🙂

  • http://scream911.wordpress.com youhavemyword

    Phew – I’ve never worn Crocs either! I’ve done thirteen… I should get cracking. I’ve never been scuba diving. I’ve never owned a fish or a hamster. I’ve never smoked a pipe (they look really cool!). I’ve never listened to a full trance song.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’m laughing at the idea of it being normal for a young lady such as you to have smoked a pipe. Ha! I never have either, but they smell so good!

      • http://scream911.wordpress.com youhavemyword

        Did you watch Juno? Point in case 😀 Also, I’ve never listened to a podcast. (GASP).

  • http://opentoadventure.wordpress.com Christian Emmett

    I’ve never actually played “I’ve Never”. Plenty of other drinking games, but not this one… I’ve also never broken a bone – just dislocated my elbow as a kid and haven’t gotten around to getting it re-set. (I’m not sure if it’s possible; it probably is. At the time though, the drunk doctor who attended me couldn’t do it and since I was only about 5 I figured that if he couldn’t do it and my parent’s couldn’t either, it was impossible.)

    Happy New Year! 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’ve Never been attended to by a drunk doctor.

      There you go– take a sip! 😉

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o08IcEcXwAA Andrew

    I scored 16. I was surprised that you’d never eaten a roast beef sandwich. I’ve never broken a bone nor did I ever get into mischief, really. I tended to read a lot 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I hate even the look of roast beef, all piled up like a big, gross stack of flesh. *shudder*

      Good for you for being as tame as me. 😀

  • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com Adrian W.

    10 here. I resolved most of my nevers in college. =)

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Sounds about normal. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never broken a bone. I have never had a full car licence. I have never worn crocs either. I have never travelled overseas. One thing I am glad I have never done is eat tripe or brains. That is seriously disgusting.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      No license, wow! Are you a life-long city dweller?

  • http://mattshedd.blogspot.com Matthew Shedd

    I scored 14, with a perfect score on all the food stuff (I eat a lot!)

    I have never read Lord of the Rings, never kissed anyone that is not my wife (a real kiss, not the junior high kissing game kiss), and I have never played a drinking game!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Well, you kinda have now. 😉 Cheers!

      • http://mattshedd.blogspot.com Matthew Shedd

        I guess I just take my drinking too seriously!

  • http://www.gatebeautiful.ca Bekka

    OK, so in the first category, I’m with you on one – I’ve not yet broken a bone, or at least not any that a doctor was willing to diagnose (apparently I have loose ligaments…)

    I don’t know how to score the Close-calls, though. I’ve still not eaten a Big Mac, and while I had an opportunity to try a Krispy Kreme “donut”, I didn’t because we have Tim Horton’s up here and it just doesn’t compare to a Canadian.

    I guess, not counting the close-calls, I’m at 12. Totally haven’t read Harry Potter or seen ER or Jaws.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      As a late but voracious adopter of the Krispy Kreme donut, I implore you: Do not pass up your next opportunity!

  • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

    I only scored a 9. I’ve never watched any of the Star Wars movies. I’ve never had coffee.

    I probably need to get out more.

    Close call: I never watched the movie “A Christmas Story” until this past Christmas Eve.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      You should see the way I’m staring at your comment. No Star Wars? No coffee? How?!

      • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

        I don’t know how Star Wars never made it into our childhood…

        As for the coffee, I saw my cousin drink it when we were kids, and I thought it smelled gross. That’s the same reason why I’ve never drunk alcohol–I smelled my dad’s beer when I was a kid and it smelled like pee to me. Ew.

        For both coffee and alcohol, I also never liked the idea of being dependent on something, and I don’t trust myself to have self-control, so I figured it was easier to just never start.

  • http://smkelly8.wordpress.com smkelly8

    What’s Theater Hop?

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      When you pay for one movie at the theater and then go to others too. My husband just tried to talk me into this recently, but I was very well behaved and declined. I totally brought in some contraband candy, though. 😉

      • http://leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

        Oops. I’ve done that too. But in my defense, I was a poor college student. Add another point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1553906570 Karen Moret Harrison

        I routinely bring in contraband candy and even Sonic drinks. I was recently chastised by a Church Lady for doing this. I defriended her. What made me do that? Could it be – Satan?

        • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara


  • http://gravatar.com/lbeaty1981 Logan

    Wow, I scored an 18. Maybe I’m more normal than I thought! Then again, I’m also 30 years old and never learned how to ride a bike.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      What! How did that happen?!

  • http://asoulswalk.wordpress.com asoulwalker

    So I scored a twenty-one and I just had a birthday… I’m thinking it’s a sign. I have a great close-call, too. I did not have baked-beans until I was seventeen. This is funnier than you imagine because I am from Bean Town and I had them for the first time in West Africa.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That’s wicked weird. 😉

      • http://asoulswalk.wordpress.com asoulwalker

        I know right? They were wicked awesome. It was a pissah missionary party. (I’m totally affecting the accent for you… I hope you appreciate it)

  • http://leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    This brings back good memories of that game. Er, maybe that’s bad memories. I’ll never tell. 🙂 I scored 19 proudly.

    I’ve never been given a speeding ticket, had my wisdom teeth or tonsils removed, or eaten sushi. To name a few.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      It’s my favorite drinking game. As far as I remember. 😉

      No sushi– that’s a good one!

  • http://davwalk.wordpress.com David N. Walker

    Done most of yours, but I’ve never been tempted to: eat sushi, watch Simpsons, Friends, Star Trek, Star Wars or a lot of other TV shows most younger people have watched.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ok, so no Gen X shows; did you watch the Baby Boomer shows? MASH? Cheers? I bet you did. 🙂

  • http://www.theisleofman.net Kevin Haggerty

    I’ve never been to Hawaii. It’s embarrassing, but hey, we’re being honest.

    I’ve never watched “Whitney.”

    I’ve never laughed at anything “Larry the Cable Guy” has ever said.

    I’ve never NOT laughed when I’ve seen a friend slip and fall. I’m a jerk.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’ve never been to Hawaii either. I didn’t realize that was standard. I’ll get on it. 😉

      • http://happyhippierose.wordpress.com happyhippierose

        I live in Hawaii, come visit!! It’s gorgeous here.

  • http://becomingcliche.wordpress.com becomingcliche

    You have never ready Harry Potter? Good Lord, woman! What are you waiting for?!

    I have never seen an episode of anything containing a Kardashian.

    I have never heard a Justin Bieber song.

    I had never heard a Lady Gaga song until a month ago. *yawn* She’s Madonna, people. Been there, heard that.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Well now that two of my five kids plus my husband are reading HP, I might have to take a peek some time. And I envy your Bieber avoidance.

  • http://janheath1234.wordpress.com Off the Wall

    I’ve scored 23. I’ve never read HP or worn Doc Marteens or pierce anything but my ears.

    The most embarassing I’ve never is that I’ve never passed up a good reality TV show! Good for laughs!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Relieved to say I’ve never gotten hooked on reality TV. 🙂

  • http://welcometothelaundromat.blogspot.com/ Christina Shumway

    I am not proud to admit this, but not until this summer “peeling an orange” was on my I’ve Never list : )

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara


  • http://spiritualworkingmom.wordpress.com spiritinmatter

    Scored 19… the lack of points in the risky business category is a result of the morale thing instilled by my “bible-belt” parents. I’ve also never seen Star Wars, never skinny-dipped, never licked a tootsie roll without prematurely biting through the candy to get to the chocolate, never played tricks on sleeping people at slumber parties (always thought that was mean).

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I never liked sleep-over pranks, either. But there’s one thing on your list you should definitely try some time… Ahem. I mean, Star Wars is an awesome trilogy. 😉

  • http://mjmonaghan.wordpress.com mj monaghan

    Only ones I’ve never done: Body piercing, Inhale, Own Polly Pockets, Wear Doc Martens.

    Can’t believe you’ve never had a banana split!
    I have never seen West Side Story or Psycho or any horror movies (Freddy, Friday 13th, Saw)

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I am insulted on behalf of West Side Story that you’ve grouped it with horror films! I grew up on the movie and loved being in the show!

  • Justin Clement

    I scored 20.
    I find it hard to believe young me never made you watch Jaws with me, as I probably watched that from age 7-11 every couple of days. I even made Grammie watch it.

    love, Justin

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Poor Grammie!

      One of my favorite times ever playing this game was on vacation with you guys. Cheers, baby brother!

  • http://sixringcircusdotcom.wordpress.com Annie

    I owned enough Doc Marten’s for the both of us, thanks to a job in the mall at a store that sold them. Employee discounts rock.) I’m surprised at how much I’ve done on your list. The ones I haven’t done are Sega, read HP, or any of the Risky Business ones.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh, Annie. I am all twinged with jealousy. 🙁

  • E warren

    23. Never stood up at a wedding, read Hairy Potter, owned Polly Pockets, or had a piercing. I figured I’ve Put enough holes in my body accidentally I had no need to do it purposely.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ha! I don’t even want to know. 🙂

  • http://happyhippierose.wordpress.com happyhippierose

    I somehow managed to be totally bookish and dorky … whilst also being quite the theater-hopping, inhaling badass. hahahah. I was terribly lonely and weird until about age 16, and then all hell broke loose. Really. I ditched the Church and just went nuts. It took the better part if a decade to reign me in.

    I love Harry Potter. I lusted after Doc Martens and never owns a pair. Nope.

    I like your list. This is funny. I like to reflect where I am now vs. where I was in college, and I’m glad to be now. Very glad! I couldn’t keep up with college-Rose.

    Ya know, I used to say that if 17-year-old Rose met today’s 28-year-old-Rose, she would slap me and call me a wuss (but she wouldn’t say wuss, she’d use something far more crass).

    But I think that’s not entirely true. I think she’d be a lot more comfortable in her then skin-cancer-free skin to know that it all works out. That I land the Prince Charming and we do settle down and life is wonderful as a grown up.

    Thank you Tamara, for once again being funny and poignant, insightful about who you are and allowing us – the readers – to be insightful about our own lives. What a perfectly executed blog post!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Dang, girl. If you got all that from a goof-off post, then it’s you who’s the good reader, not me who’s the good blogger! xo

  • Fibijeebi

    20 points for this girl. We played this with friends on Brewer Years Eve. I learned a lot about my friend’s mom. It was great for a laugh.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That’s fantastic you played it with your friend’s mom. I think that trumps me playing it with my own parents. 🙂

  • http://happyhippierose.wordpress.com happyhippierose

    Also, where I grew up, we called it “never have I ever” – anyone else?

    I’m watching One Tree Hill on Netflix, and they just played a game of it (season one! hehe) … and they played “I’ve never” on the show.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Either my husband or my brother’s fiancee said that’s what they called it. But it was before we started playing. So I don’t remember which one. 😛

  • http://iamjakz.wordpress.com Jakz

    Unless we’re talking about typical breathing, I’ve never inhaled, dined & dashed or theater hopped (and never finished the HP series). Otherwise, I consider your list conquered.

    That being said, I’ve never egged or TP’d a house. Not saying that I haven’t considered doing so…

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh those are good, normal ones I haven’t done either! And yeah– I’ve breathed. 😉

  • http://www.veronicamonique.com Veronica Monique

    OK, I scored a 19, unless ear piercing counts as part of body piercing, then I’m 20. I have never eaten relish, though I’ve had plenty of opportunities. It’s in my fridge now, but I know what it’s made of and am not tempted. When you say “stand up in a wedding” do you mean as a member of the bridal party because then I’m 21, but if you mean to stand up and object, then I’ve never done that.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ahahahaha- stand up and object! No, I meant as part of a bridal party. 🙂 And also no, ear piercing doesn’t count as body piercing in my book.

      • Christian

        Your ear IS a part of your body.

  • http://www.lifewithbellymonster.blogspot.com Liz McLennan

    This is such a fun post, Tamara! I am amazed that so many of you, especially bloggers of a “certain” age, haven’t ever worn Docs.

    I prefer Fluevogens and mourn the loss of mine still. That said…

    I have never smoked pot/tried any kind of drug. That’s weird, right? It’s even weirder if you know me, because I travelled for so many years, lived in Whistler for four…attended a hippie university, etc.

    I dunno. I guess I just figure I’m whacked enough. Well, that and I promised my dad…

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I think you just made up the name of those shoes. Whacky Canadian. 😉

  • Jenhed96

    I got 15. I never actually played “I Never” (that I remember anyway), but we played Asshole all the time. It was a card game that I was once fabulous at, but I can’t remember for the life of me how to play, even in general, lol.

    I’ve never seen Say Anything, and I never watched The Breakfast Club or St. Elmo’s Fire until like 5 years ago. Name any uber-famous 80s movie and I probably haven’t seen it. I blame not having cable growing up. Cheap bastards.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      We played Asshole a lot too. I also do not remember much about it. I think maybe there was a president. And definitely some drunk assholes.

  • http://randomlychad.com randomlychad

    I’ve never inhaled–unless you count all those concerts I went to in the 80s, where it was thick in the air.

    I have no, piercings, never owned a polly pocket, never owned any Crocs. And until recently, I’d never read the Hunger Games.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That’s another big book series that, evidently, I’m missing out on.

  • http://SoHeresUs.com Christie

    We play the “church version” of this game called pity party. Instead of taking a sip everyone who HAS done the things throws a candy at the Never person. When you run out of candy you are out.

    OR one less chair in the circle then everyone who HAS done must get up and change spots, the person who doesn’t find a seat is IT. Kind of like demented musical chairs.

    I’ve done 22 of the things on the list (and I usually lose this game). Its hard to think of things I haven’t done. Does that make me a badass or a conformist?

    I’ve never been to Asia. I’ve never had Starbucks coffee. I’ve never liked Piña Coladas or getting caught in the rain.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Why are we not playing the church version?! Do you know how much candy you’d all owe me right now?! Aaaah!

  • fernando

    I brek a bone.Well somebody help me.My nose in the “bar ttlefiel”You wrote about it.Remember?Also i catch a litle fish in the ocean,with my hands.He trip inside of my swimming truks.:-)Ojalá sigas escribiendo tan bién o mejor ,en este año que acaba de empezar.Fernando.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ha! I can definitely say I’ve never caught a little fish in the ocean with my hands!

  • http://hipposshouldruletheworld.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    Well, I got 19. I haven’t read HP or eaten relish. Dine and Dash is something I would never do, as well as Theater Hop.

    hmm…I can’t think of anything that I haven’t done. Ooooo….I’ve never made the “walk of shame”. Mostly because I never went to college, but I guess that counts.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Definitely counts. 🙂

  • stevensabby


    I’ve never cried when getting a ticket (although, trust me — I’ve tried). Although I’ve read the HP books, I’ve never seen any of the movies.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That’s a good one– a HP fan who hasn’t seen the movies. Bet you’re rare. 🙂

  • Sarah H.

    I got a 13. Do I get a special prize for having engaged in both (a) all of the culinary behaviors you listed and (b) none of the risky behaviors you listed? I know, you’re shocked.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Yes, you do. Your prize is I know you well enough not to be shocked at all. 😉

  • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

    I’ve never boned a ham. Wait, that came out wrong. I’ve never broken a bone or cooked a ham. There were lots of things there that I have never done actually. I’ve never dined and dashed or had any piercings either (beside the ears). Until this New Years, I’d never had raclette. But I guess I can cross that off the list.


    Do you play checkers now? 😉 I have no end game.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Nope. I’ve still never played checkers. Whenever we have that blogger get-together, you can teach me. IYKWIM

      And now I have to Google search “raclette.”

  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    Well I’ve never been to Greenland
    And I’ve never been to Denver
    And I’ve never buried treasure in St. Louie or St. Paul
    And I’ve never been to Moscow
    And I’ve never been to Tampa
    And I’ve never been to Boston in the fall

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ah, but clearly you’ve watched the Veggie Tales. 🙂

  • http://www.livesimplylove.com Merritt | LiveSimplyLove

    This was super fun! I got 18, which kinda surprised me. Like you, I didn’t experience Krispy Kreme until later in life (over 30 years old). And my cooking-a-chicken thing only happened in the last 60 days (and I’ve done it twice). However, I have been considering the nose ring in the last 6 months. Is that allowed over 40?

    A few other things I’ve never:

    …eaten a Chick-fil-a sandwich.
    …read a Twilight book.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I think you’d look beautiful with a nose ring!

  • http://kathleencaron.wordpress.com kathleencaron

    I haven’t watched almost any tv shows that most people have seen, inc. The Simpsons, TRW, The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, Two and a Half Men, NCIS, I could go on.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Do you watch less popular shows or not much TV at all? I’m a TV junkie– I’ve had to cut back!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

    I’ve actually never done a lot of those things. That might be largely because I’m 10 years older than you, though. Or maybe I need to get more adventurous, quick! I’ve never: played on a sports team; eaten a Krispy Kreme, Big Mac, or roast beef sandwich; rung & ran; dined & dashed; body pierced (other than multiple ear holes, which I also don’t count), inhaled, changed a tire (thanks to an amazing Daddy and Hubby–I’m pretty sure I could, though, also thanks to those two great men); watched “Jaws,” or worn/owned Doc Martens.

    To add to the list, I’ve never, ever watched an episode of “Oprah.” Not once in all those years, including the years I had an Oprah-addicted roommate. I have seen bits and pieces as I walked through a room, but I’ve never watched a full episode.

    My husband has puked twice in the 24 years I’ve known him. Once after he ignored the sage advice of “beer then liquor, never sicker” at a college party, and once after a bad reaction to general anesthesia after rotator cuff surgery. He claims to have only ever puked one other time previous to those, and he will not go anywhere near a Cool Ranch Dorito to this day as a result. His mother is also more or less unable to puke. If you ask either of them, they will tell you this is not always a good thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

      Oh, and I had “never broken a bone” until two years ago when I walked into the damn fireplace in the middle of the night and snapped my pinky toe like a twig. That’s exactly what it sounded like–snapping a twig!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Wow, I can’t believe you’ve never watched Oprah!

      • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

        I’ve never been on Oprah.

  • http://www.JanetOberholtzer.com Janet Oberholtzer

    I scored 15… but if I get a mark for each bone I broke, I’d score double that.

    I haven’t read HP, nor have I read Twilight (or any other vampire book)
    I’ve never played Words with Friends or Angry Birds
    I’ve never gone to a prom or a high school dance
    Until I left my strict mennonite home at age 20, I never watched TV, so I missed all the shows most saw while growing up. (yea, I’m still bitter about that)

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Me neither on the phone games. I have a very low-tech phone.

      No TV til after 20– whoa!

  • http://winterislands.wordpress.com nik3922

    woah, 25. Let’s see….I’ve never successfully convinced anyone that I was born with a third nipple. though I still try.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Well were you? 🙂

  • http://theoccasionalwhine.wordpress.com SueMarue

    I scored a 9, which is pretty sad. I guess I have to get out more. I’ve also never done your risky business things. I’ve never done your coming-of-age rites. I’ve only played checkers in your childhood list. And I’ve only seen Jaws and worn Doc Martens. I have done all your culinary though. I don’t really know what that says about me. 🙂

    To add my own: I never played rock-paper-scissors as a child (someone explained it to me when I was already an adult). I never learned to ride a bike. I didn’t see snow in person until my 20s. I’ve never had a massage. I’ve never been drunk.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      How funny you made it through childhood without playing rock-paper-scissors. How did you and your friends ever decide anything? 😉

  • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

    I scored 19 with only 8 nevers. 4 of the 5 that I haven’t done are in your “risky business” category, and given the generation I went to college with, you can probably figure out which one I tried. (Hint: Bill Clinton’s full of it with his “I never…..”)

    Our favorite drinking games were quarters and boom/buzz or bizz/boom/buzz, if we were feeling brave, which was a game were you counted while going around the circle, but you had to say “boom” instead of the number if it contained or was divisible by 5, and buzz if it contained or was divisible by 7, bizz for 3’s. (I hung out with math geeks, remember).

    I’ve never played most of the video games that were popular in arcades — I was raised on pinball and never got into the video versions. Pac man is about the only one I’ve tried. My kids have xbox, Wii, and playstation, and I’ve only played a very few of those. (Can you say “old fart”?)

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ha! That sounds like the most un-fun drinking game ever– I wouldn’t make it through one round!

  • http://ironicmom.wordpress.com Leanne Shirtliffe

    21, my dearest. I love this game. And maybe sometime soon I’ll play “Two Truths and a Lie” on my blog…

    You and your fab ideas. Gets my own ideas worked up. IYKWIM!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Isn’t that part of the fun of blogging? Getting inspired by your blogmates and creating new mischief? 😉

  • bethsciallo

    I scored 15…I’ve not read HP or Twilight, no sega or reality sagas, no aimed-at-adult cartoon shows . I HAVE played chinese red light and I bought my very first (but not my last) Doc Martins for my 40th birthday. They are high heeled and cherry red! WHOOP 😀

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ohhh. Now you have me wondering if it’s not too late for my knee-high Docs after all!

  • http://somespecieseattheiryoung.com Chase McFadden

    19 points. I’ve never broken a bone either. (Can’t believe you’ve never been fishing or camping.)

    Also, I’ve never seen The Godfather.

    Wow, this game is a lot harder sober.

    Just kidding! I’m not sober.

    PS – Don’t all great posts start “In the semester of college before I got knocked up…”?

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ahahahaha! I’ve missed you around here. You get me, man. 😀

      I’ve never seen The Godfather either– good one!

  • http://tylertarver.com Tyler

    I’ve seen more movies from theater hopping than full professional basketball games.

    crap, come to think of it. i don’t think i’ve ever watched a full NBA game except when in attendance.

    for a southerner, exp arkansan, i get scandalous reactions every time i admit i’ve never been to branson. in my mind, i picture it as a just one large cracker barrel.

    fix that harry potter one. i promise.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      And you paint such a squeaky clean image. You bad boy theater hopper, you.

  • http://fatherhoodetc.wordpress.com David Ozab

    21. I’ve never been camping, dined and dashed, no piercings, no inhaling (not even a cigarette), no Polly Pockets (shocking, I know), and never read a Harry Potter book. The broken bone (arm) and the Krispy Kremes weren’t until I was in my twenties.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Not even a cigarette– wow, good for you! I have to admit a special fondness for clove cigarettes. Especially when drinking. 😉

  • http://amuseorbemused.com JT Adamson

    I never played “I never”. Do I win?
    WAIT! By saying that, I am, in fact, playing “I never””
    I loose.
    I have to take a drink now don’t I?

    • http://amuseorbemused.com JT Adamson

      So while I’m at it…
      I’ve never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      I’ve never watched an entire Monty Python movie
      I never got sent to the principal’s office (what a good boy)

      • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

        Good ones! I’ve never seen Rocky Horror in its entirety. Never watched Monty Python. And I think maybe I’ve never been sent to the principal. I’m pretty sure. 🙂

  • http://gumballgirl.wordpress.com Chrystal

    My score is 12, if you don’t count my pierced ears. (I actually had double piercing for a while, but these days often go without any earrings) Also, the sports team, fishing and camping all happened for the first time as an adult – never did any of those as a child.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I think of body piercing as pretty much everything but ears. I have three piercings on each ear (hello, 1990s!), but I only use the bottom ones now.

  • http://foodjournalcorifraser.blogspot.com/ Cori

    I scored 19 – I have piercings and I wore doc martins {used to have fluvogs too…may still have them in a box somewhere!}; but I’ve never changed a tire, broken a bone or played on a sports team. and the whole Krispy Kreme thing is an enigma to me – I’ve had one as an adult, but we don’t have them here {canada!}, so I don’t really “get it”!!!

    I have never watched ET
    I have never watched a baseball game {in it’s entirety or in real life}
    I have never moved away from my home town

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh, please watch ET! It was a childhood favorite of mine. Still makes me laugh and cry. 🙂

  • http://www.lookthrough.net Sonny Lemmons

    Well, my score is 24 so I’ve either had quite a bit of life experiences – based on your standards – or else I’m just nuts. On your list, the one thing I’ve never done that shocks people is broken a bone (and had you known me in college, this would astonish you as well). Other items, like inhaling (one has to breathe, you understand), carry a “duh” response when I say I’ve done them.

    I used to wear it like a badge of honor that I had performed in THE SOUND OF MUSIC three separate times without ever having seen the film, but an ex-girlfriend made me watch it.

    One of my biggest “never have I ever” items is “gone scuba diving,” mainly because I don’t know how to swim.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      You were in The Sound of Music three times?! Jealous!

      • http://www.lookthrough.net Sonny Lemmons

        Please – I still have nightmares about performing as the daddy of the Von Trapp family. Twice. *shudder*

  • http://twitter.com/lindsholifield Lindsay (@lindsholifield)

    I got a low score, but that’s because I was a sheltered child. Let’s do this.

    – I’ve never seen snow (not the kind that sticks. I saw it *technically* once, but it doesn’t count in my mind because it was so light we could hardly tell it was snow.) Yay Texas.
    – I’ve never been to a concert that wasn’t Christian. (I didn’t even listen non-Christian music till I was a senior in high school. I would go now, but I’m a poor college kid and can’t afford anything!)
    – I’ve never seen Titanic.
    – I’ve never been camping.
    – I’ve never had a cheeseburger.
    – I’ve never snuck out of parent’s house.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamára

      Girl. I need to take you out for a night on the town!

      • http://twitter.com/lindsholifield Lindsay (@lindsholifield)

        yes please!

  • http://guidetowomen.wordpress.com Sharideth Smith

    I’ve done almost all of those things. You’re shocked, I know.

    But I’ve never boob bumped with anyo…

    Oh wait…

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamára


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