Life continues past the months of June, July, and August and so must the counselors of Day Camp.


DC Easter SoCal / Isse No

A two-parter. First, Fish wins the 1st Annual Day Camp Easter Egg Hunt. Of the 120 eggs hidden in the courtyard of Tuesday's apartment complex, he scared up 19 of them. Full standings after the jump.

  1. Fish, 19
  2. Bro, 13
  3. Crush, 11
  4. Frodo, 10
  5. Katie Potter, 10
  6. Spiff, 8
  7. Montana, 7.5
  8. Bruin, 7.5
  9. Hula, 7
  10. Sarah, 6
  11. Indy, 6
  12. Tuesday, 4
You can find full photographic coverage of DC Easter: SoCal here.

Second, if Day Camp isn't playing Isse No on a daily basis this next summer, there is no more hope for it.

Isse No (pronounced "Say No;" Japanese for "Ready, Set") is why Fish was forced to gorge down 15 Peeps.

Isse No is why Bro drank two liters of 7-Up.

Isse No is why Tuesday ate a cup of relish.

Isse No is also why I had to call Taboo and ask if they had 14-year-old strippers.

There is a stripped-down index for how good a game is.

Goodness = ----------------------------------------
Materials Required * Rule Complexity

Hand and Foot, a game beloved by many, is a good game but not great. Its high excitement index is diminished by the materials required to play and a high complexity rating.

Isse No is, by this index, the best game ever.

When stakes are involved, it's as exciting as they come. Thumbs are the only materials required. The rules are simple.
  1. 2-6 players sit in a circle with every fist facing toward the center. They play Roshambo to decide who starts. Play goes clockwise.
  2. Every turn starts with a player saying "isse no" and then saying a number between 0 and the total number of thumbs in the circle. (i.e. If there are five players, anything between "isse no zero" and "isse no ten" is possible, provided no one lost a thumb in 'Nam.)
  3. Right when the player says the number (i.e. "isse no FOUR") every person in the circle sticks up either zero, one, or two thumbs.
  4. The player's goal is to predict how many thumbs will be sticking up (including her own). If she predicts correctly (i.e. if she says "isse no three" and three thumbs are in the air), she pulls a fist out.
  5. The last person with fists still remaining in the circle loses and must call the local pet shop to ask what wine would best complement roasted iguana.
  • Addendum: This part was invented by Tuesday's crowd. If every person playing happens to put up the same number of thumbs (i.e. if everyone sticks up two thumbs) everyone in the circle has to put her thumb on her forehead and yell out "cock!" (because you look like a rooster if you do it right). The slowest person brings a fist back in. No penalty if both fists were in.
This game is amazing. Thank Tuesday and then Japan. Check out the isse no set.


Blogger Frodo said...

I am so pissed I missed the rest of Isse No.

7:32 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

That sounds like a great time. Wish I could've been. Jayber dittos.

(spent about 10 seconds deciding: "Dittoes? Dittos? Ditto's? Dittos." On grounds of, e.g., throw. "Mike - throw the ball like a real man," yelled Herr Meyer. Mike complies and throws the ball at the Miata-challenged dictator.) (Umm, btw, Lent is over.)

9:37 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

piss! Oh well I'll see you all soon.

9:40 PM

Blogger Gator said...


(I swear I'm understanding less and less of what's being said around here.)

9:51 PM

Blogger Michael K. said...

"Como" to me? Or to Spidey?

9:52 PM

Blogger Spiffer said...

Did you just refer to G8R as "Herr" Meyer? Is that your German roots speaking?

*Das kommt nicht in frage, dass du Deutsch bist!

*It's not in question that you're a true German!

11:28 PM

Blogger Frodo said...

I am amzed at the random directions that the rants on this website tend to go.

1:30 AM

Blogger Gator said...

To your wacky double-paranthetical there.

5:59 AM

Blogger Michael K. said...

Not a double-parenthetical - just two parentheticals in apposition. Just justifying my language choices via a cute story about us. Which also smacks - a tiny bit - of reactionary sarcasm. Which I gave up for Lent. Which I'm trying to keep at a relative minimum from here on.

10:29 AM

Blogger Fisher-man said...

blah blah blah blah

10:58 AM

Blogger Christopher said...

Gawd! I can't wait till school's over so I can get the hell out of here!

11:19 AM

Blogger Spiffer said...

Spidey: by "getting the hell out of here" I'm assuming you're leaving Santa Cruz, but aren't you going to be there all summer?

12:36 PM

Blogger Chilly said...

Wow. There's a lot going on here. I doubt any of it has to do with Easter. Anyway, i was glad to hear you all had a glorious time! sooo sad i missed out!

1:00 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

Spiff- Sort of, I'm heading down to so-cal in June to see the Flrubert( pronouced ph*lurr*bert) A.K.A. Furbs. But yes, I'll be around this summer.

Everyone- For those of you who don't know I got the house that I wanted. I move in May 5th (or so)

2:30 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

ps. Take a look at myspace for a fun blog. Let me know what you think. (is it just me or is what I said turning into a cliche.

2:54 PM

Blogger Christopher said...


forgot to "endquote"

2:55 PM

Blogger Christopher said...

*end parenthesis


2:56 PM

Blogger Gator said...

Spidey, don't let our resident grammar pedant get you down. So long as you get your meaning right only the little fellow with the gun will care if your modifier is misplaced.

3:40 PM

Blogger Spiffer said...

G8R, you should mix it up and teach English one year...

4:18 PM

Blogger alexandra said...

i think it would need to be ESL at your school.

5:36 PM

Blogger Fisher-man said...

Ooohhh.... someone's got a little bit of hate in her heart for the good children of west sac. Damn elitist Republicans.

5:48 PM

Blogger Spiffer said...

*Darn euphemising elitist Republicans!

8:34 PM

Blogger Matt said...

imma digress from this digression and inquire about those 7.5 exactly does one come up on half an egg? I hope it's thru a vicious fight that also leaves one with half their vision.

8:44 PM

Blogger Bruin said...

let's not talk about it. Ryan's still a bit sore. (although I will say the fight wasn't between me and Montana, she just reaped the benefits)

11:06 PM

Blogger Fisher-man said...

Yeah Bruin, tell everyone how you pushed me up against the wall for not doing anything? Where's the picture of that?

11:49 PM

Blogger Frodo said...

Yeah, I saw it, and Bruin is vicious during the easter egg hunts. If she ever wnats any of my eggs, they're hers.

2:54 AM

Blogger Gator said...

Bruin mauls Fish over an Easter egg.

8:37 AM

Blogger Spiffer said...

yeah, I was there too and Fish had done nothing worthy of being slammed against that wall. I really don't know why that happened. Bruin looked like a sixth grade girl attempting to flirt. Sorry Bru.

9:14 AM

Blogger Matt said...

fish, your smile in that first picture is priceless. gator, i am surprised you're not at it with a video camera making a youtube montage. flickr is so done, get with it. plus i really wanna see that bruin/fish takedown in slowmo.

11:09 AM

Blogger Bruin said...

Ok, look again at the second picture where fish is against the wall, and my arm is on his back. Do you see my bag attached to my hand, that is wrapped around his stomach? From my angle, it looked like he was holding on to my bag, but he says he wasn't, so it probably was just stuck on his stomach. I was just trying to get my bag back. I didn't go after his bag, which you can see in the picture. And as for Fish being pushed up against the wall, I also lost my balance on my weak knee, and didn't mean to hurt him. I officially apologized, but I guess that wasn't enough so here it is in writing. I'm sorry you whine like a little girl fish.

9:54 AM

Blogger Gator said...

And ... and ... there were five gunmen on the grassy knoll!

10:04 AM

Blogger Christopher said...

props to bruin for the "little girl" comment against fish. It made me smile, thanks bru.

2:30 PM

Blogger Tuesday said...

All of you could learn so much from Bruin's eloquence.

6:23 PM


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