Family “Tweet to Tweet” Game


There’s nothing like the holidays to reconnect with family. Ranging in age from Boomerangers to Boomers to Boofer-letters, we had a good turnout on Bill’s side of the family for Thanksgiving.

Cinnamon Bandi (Bill’s sister) and Chapdaddy hosted in Minneapolis. There are still a few kids in college, and one who recently graduated. I told Bootie Pepper, who’s a senior this year, that we have enough room in our new retirement house for her to Boom, but not enough  for her to “er-ang” next spring when she graduates. Well, if she neatens up her sloppy act, maybe we could make room for her to “Boomer” but no “anging.” At 22 years of age, she no longer has just a curling iron and a backpack. There were three pickup-truck loads and a storage unit full of big-girl furniture that went into her college house this year. There isn’t enough room in our house for the booze-stained sofa and the bar with the “No Regrets” sign on it.

TDay 2 kids

I learned this holiday that, for us Boomers, conversation quickly turned to discussing how our bodies are failing us. The men discussed lifting weights (one to bulk up and the other to keep his waistline), and we women discussed both sides of our  torsos (one with back pain and the other with an ulcer). It’s not that we want to talk about our health, we’re just so in shock at what our bodies are doing/not doing, that we need our peers for group therapy.

Tday men

For her back, Cinnamon Bandi has an electric heating pad resting on her favorite chair in front of the fire. Once I spied that, I jumped on it for the evening family activity of playing Apples to Apples. (Yes, I’m the princess bitch sister-in-law who occupied the hostess’s favorite chair after she’d been on her feet all day.)

Even though sweat was dripping down my forehead from hot flashes and the heating pad—which I cranked to high—there was no way I was giving up that prime real estate. My back felt terrific (even though I’m not the one with the back issue). Before you feel sorry for Bandi, however,  know that she was passed out on the faux fur rug on the floor in front of the fire (from cooking all day, not from drinking cilantro G&T’s).

Double bonus, Bandi also had a bottle of generic antacids sitting on the end table next to the hot-pad chair, so I popped one of those and asked Bill for another glass of wine. I rifled through the small drawer in the end table, but didn’t see anything else I could take that would alter my mood.

Tday selfie

For the Boofer-letters (Grandmas in their 80s), I realized that they’re way cooler than my grandparents were when I was a kid. My maternal grandmother, “Grandma Babe,” was a little daffy by the time I knew her. However, I understand that, in her youth, she was a flapper who made gin in her bathtub during the roaring 20’s. Wish there were photos of that.  #MyHeritage! #NorthDakota!

The other grandmother at Thanksgiving, Chapdaddy’s mom, described wearing a corset in one breath and body-checking another woman in the next breath as they competed for a taxi in the rain in New York. Yowzah. I thought the young women at the CrossFit box were warriors. Not compared to Chapdaddy’s mom. I should plan a road trip with these two grandmothers. I’ll drink nips in the backseat and write down everything they say…

Tday grandmas

We learned from the Boomerangers that there’s a new college party game that’s popular on campus. They now read Trump tweets at parties. Bill and I just listen to them at face value while watching the evening news. It never occurred to us to use them for drinking entertainment.

As we all gathered around the fire to play Apples to Apples, I wondered if we could make celebrity tweets into an entertaining game. We could call it Tweet to Tweet.

We would take turns reading a tweet (or famous quote), then give the players a choice of 4 people who wrote/spoke it. Here are a few examples:

Question: Who tweeted: “…I have very little time for watching T.V.” (July 12, 2017).

     Answer: (1) Mic Jagger of the Rolling Stones; (2) Kim Jong-Un; (3) the Dalai Lama; or (4) Donald Trump?

#4 is correct.


     Answer: (1) The Biebs; (2) Kanye West; (3) Prince Harry; or (4) Donald Trump?

#2 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “…NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.” (Sept 24, 2017).

     Answer: (1) David Beckham; (2) Vladimir Putin; (3) Prince Harry; or (4) Donald Trump?

#4 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Apparently my only way of dealing with a remote control that isn’t working right is to bang it on the table and scream ‘COME ON!’ (Jan 13, 2012).

     Answer: (1) Kanye West; (2) Taylor Swift; (3) Kim Jong-Un; or (4) Donald Trump?

#2 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “…If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” (Sept. 23, 2017).

     Answer: (1) Sir Elton John lyrics to Rocket Man; (2) Buzz Lightyear; (3) Neil Armstrong; or (4) Donald Trump?

#4 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Welcome to the family, @Meghan Markle! I’m already picking out a tiny hat for the wedding.” (Nov. 27, 2017).

     Answer: (1) the Queen Mum; (2) Sir Elton John; (3) Ellen DeGeneres; or (4) Donald Trump?

#3 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will taxpayer funded charade end?” (May 8, 2017).

     Answer: (1) Robert Mueller; (2) Hillary Clinton; (3) Vladimir Putin; or (4) Donald Trump?

#4 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Happy Veterans Day. Honor those who fought and remember those who perished for our rights, liberties and country.” (Nov 11, 2017).

     Answer: (1) Robert Mueller; (2) Hillary Clinton; (3) Vladimir Putin; or (4) Donald Trump?

#1 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “We’re one step closer to legalizing & regulating marijuana. #BillC45 means less money for organized crime and harder access for our kids. Tonight it passed third reading in the House and it’s now headed to the Senate.” (Nov. 27, 2017).

     Answer: (1) Snoop Dogg; (2) Chuck Schumer; (3) Justin Trudeau; or (4) Donald Trump.

#3 is correct.

Question: Who said, “…When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ‘em by the pussy. You can do anything.” (The New York Times, Oct 8, 2016).

     Answer: (1) Hugh Hefner; (2) polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs; (3) Sen. Roy Moore; or (4) Donald Trump?

#4 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Gruesome fish-wife Nancy Pelosi is called unscrupulous wife and Traitor to All Women for defense of US sex molesters.” (Nov. 27, 2017).

     Answer: (1) Rush Limbaugh; (2) Kim Jong-un; (3) DPRK News Service; or (4) Donald Trump?

#3 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Supreme Leader King Jong-un likely to be named Time Magazine “Person of the Year,” once again, according to highly placed sources. (Nov. 25, 2017).

     Answer: (1) DPRK News Service; or (2) Donald Trump?

#1 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” (Nov. 24, 2017).

     Answer: (1) DPRK News Service; or (2) Donald Trump?

#2 is correct.

Question: Who tweeted: “Happy Thanksgiving to all—even the haters and losers!” (Nov 11, 2013).

     Answer: (1) Jesus; (2) Gandhi; (3) Satan; or (4) Donald Trump?

#4 is correct.

That sums up samples from our new game  Tweet to Tweet. Wishing you and your families the best during the holiday season!

Tday small family

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