A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
There’s a dinner party game we’ve started playing at our house. It very simple. Everyone gets a candle, and everyone gets a bunch of grapes — red grapes in a stemmed glass work best (nudge, nudge/wink, wink.) You light the candles and turn out the lights. Then each person, around the table, makes a wish and takes a sip of their grapes. There are only two rules – 1) After “I wish,” you can’t use the word “I” again and 2) You can’t use anybody else’s wish (not even reworded.) The first couple of rounds are pretty ordinary – people wish for wealth, health, an end to world poverty – and there’s very little discussion. However, as the evening wears on and the regular wishes get used up, people start to get creative. This leads to explanations, questions and some very lively discussion. Plus, it helps a lot when you have to open a second (or third) bottle of grapes. Here’s a few recent tidbits — in no particular order. They’re just ones I remember (somewhat edited) to get you started.
I wish people would stop using the word “authentic” to mean “I’m better than you are.”
I wish Social Media had different levels and a test so all the assholes had to stay with their own group and couldn’t bother the rest of us.
I wish liars would actually have their pants on fire. It would certainly make elections a lot more interesting.
I wish dogs could talk. But only when you wanted them to and not like telling the neighbours you pick your nose or haven’t changed your underwear.
I wish celebrities had to tell the truth when they’re interviewed, so we could find out which ones are actually nice, or stupid or whatever in real life.
I wish they’d put warning labels on people the way they do movies. “This person contains a surly attitude, a malicious disposition and a juvenile sense of entitlement. Vigilance and avoidance are strongly advised.”
I wish someone would write a decent ending to Game of Thrones.
I wish you could teleport your personality into the microwave so it cooks everything just the way you like it.
I wish college students would pull the stick out their ass and act like kids again.
I wish “iconic” wasn’t even a word.
I wish some fictional characters were real — so you could hang out with them and find out what they’re really like.
FYI – If you haven’t guessed already, this is just a drinking game for smart people.