Tuesday, December 22, 2009

All in the Name of Entertainment

Now don't get me wrong, banks can be very busy at times; so busy that you may not get to sit down all day. But fairly often, it can be heinously slow. If it stays slow for a while, wrinkly old man boredom might just rear his head in your direction and if he stares at you too long, you just might die. So, it is very fortunate that one of my favorite things to do is invent new games from common items. I have employed this technique various times and here are a few of the results:

The Paperclip Bow and Arrow
This one is fairly easy to make and extremely fun to use. You can tape up a hand drawn target, or if there happens to be balloons nearby, even better.

The Cardboard Basketball Hoop
Again, fairly easy to make and very entertaining. For a ball you can use a crumpled up piece of paper, a sucker (minus the stick), or even a rubber band ball. Try and sink a shot from way downtown (or a few teller stations over).

Ladderjacks (Ladderball, Laddergolf, Redneck Horseshoes, and thirty other names)
This one is a bit more complex. After having saved up plastic rolls (that are left when teller tape runs out) for over a year, I was looking for something to build with them. I tried a catapult, but that didn’t always work the best. Next I made some horseshoe poles and made some horseshoes out of paperclips. That was slightly fun, but not exactly what I was looking for. One day, one of the other tellers mentioned a game called Ladderball. I had no idea what that was but all of a sudden it showed up everywhere. After having participated in the game and tasted of its goodness, we decided that this was the direction to go. I constructed two miniature ladders and we made some makeshift bolos and began playing. We formed a league and kept tracks of stats. The ladders and the bolos may have evolved throughout the days we have been playing the game, but the fun remains.

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