The hippest game I ever invented
It happened some time during rehearsals. Act 1 Scene 1, midway through, C and I had to step to the rear and pretend we were discussing something while other stuff went on up front. At first C was happy to pretend we were peeing on the College walls. Then we decided to take things to the next level. So off we'd shuffle to the back, and the negotiations would begin.
C: Whose call?
C: Oh, ok. Let's see, hmmm, 1 club.
I: 1 heart.
C: 2 diamonds.
I: 2 hearts.
C: 3 clubs.
C: Pass?! WTF do you mean "pass"? I thought we had a game there.
I: Hardly, man. I had nothing but a few hearts.
C: But you made two forward going bids.
I: Yes but I left you on your main suit. We don't go down so much this way.
C: Okay, okay, your deal now.
All this, of course, with not a card in sight. (Except maybe, in retrospect, the jokers.) Very hip.
Side comment 1.
I love the word hip. It originates from the the West African Wolof words "hepi", which means "to see", and "hipi", "to open ones eyes". The deeper connotation is that of knowledge, insight, and being in the know. Indeed, the word for one who has access to such knowledge is "hepikat" -- the source of the term "hip cat", from which Louis Armstrong popularized the term "cat". Two other Wolof words that made it into the lingo are: dega - "to understand" - dig, and jev - "to disparage or talk falsely" - jive. Brilliant, isn't it? I got this from "Hip: The History", by John Leland.
Side comment 2.
It was during those same rehearsal sessions that we (A and I, while C was off taking a break from being hip to be cool with the ladies instead) invented another game, which consisted of trying to guess a famous person's name within 20 attempts, under a time limit. We played the game a few times and liked it; then thrashed around for a satisfactory name. Finally A suggested - with no justification whatsoever - Tintoretto. The sheer randomness made the name stick, and the game definitely had more mass appeal than the one C and I devised. So A and I debuted Tintoretto at the College festival the next year. And that was that, or so I thought, and so I was very pleasantly surprised to hear the game mentioned on 2x3x7 (I think) a few months ago. Cool :-)
A was the first guy up the wooden staircase that had been built along the outside of the building as part of the set for the play. He charged up to the top, looked over, paused, then declaimed: "I came here to do susside, now I think I'll only do susu by the side."