Anyway, as Jerry went downstairs to take Toby outside, the cognisant me tried to remember details of the game. By the time the boys rejoined me in bed for our lazy Sunday morning ritual of waking up slowly, I had some questions prepared.
"Hey, so I just invented a game in my sleep," I said. "Wanna play it?"
"Do I really have a choice?"
"Okay, so it goes like this: I say some words and you have to use the clues to guess the band name. ... Ready? 'A clam surprise is rocking out.' "
"Pearl Jam! ... Get it? A clam surprise? Rocking out?"
Then he proceeded to stare at me with a blank look that said, "Maybe if I pretended I was dead, she'd leave me alone."
"Don't worry. I have another one. ... 'Rock, pucker face.' "
"Okay, yours suck. Let me do one. ... 'Seventy-two hours, prayer before dinner.' "
"Math Jesus? MATH JESUS? What the hell kind of band name would THAT be? No, it's Three Days Grace."
"Where'd you get 'math' out of seventy-two hours?"
"You know, every time I hear numbers, I immediately think of how much I hate math."
"Whatever. Wack job. Let me do another one: 'Betrayed Jesus, worships Jesus.' "
"No! Judas Priest."
"My turn: 'Flowers your mom got on Easter, the guy my friend Andrea's engaged to.' "
"No! Those were lillys!"
"Oh. Lilly Alan."
"Yay! We got one!"
"My turn: 'Nickname for a bathroom, my hot dog's second name.' "
"No! John Mayer. As in the Oscar Mayer wiener song ... 'has a second name it's M-E-Y-E-R.' "
"C'mon, you remember the song."
"I know! That's what I'm trying to say! The song's about baloney!"
Anyway, we got better as the game progressed. Here are some others we came up with:
- Can't hear, cheetah: Def Leppard
- Pastel red: Pink
- Square root of 81, a type of measurement, things that grow on your hands and feet: Nine Inch Nails
- Stumble loops: Slip Knot
Then I got a little obscure.
"Thing that drops on character's heads in cartoons, place where men pee in public."
"Can't it be called a latrine, too?"
"Sure. So Anvil Latrine? What band is that?"
"Okay you officially suck. I'm not playing anymore."