I'm a big fan of the word association game. You know...where someone says a word and you say the first thing that comes to your mind. I play this by myself and in different capacities all day, every day. What can I say, my mind is on-the-go at all times. This is how I bounce from one thought to another. Sometimes, when I get thinking about something REALLY random, I stop what I'm doing and retrace the thought processes that got me there. (I remember that Brenda and I used to do this quite regularly back in the day. Only out loud.)
Perhaps one of the more interesting brands of the word association game I play with myself is the stigmas or stereotypes that pop into mind when I think of places. For instance, when people tell me they're from Lousiana, I think New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde, Katrina, and Cajun. (It's a tie between those four things.) When someone says they're from Montana, I immediately think Unabomber (because, really, what else is MT known for?). Idaho is potatoes. Hawaii is not a word, but an image of a whole pig roasting in an open pit with an apple in its mouth. Maryland is a familiar warm, fuzzy feeling of home, steamed blue crabs, lacrosse, and Orioles. Delaware used to be tax-free shopping, but since our trip to New York, that's been replaced with exorbitant tolls.
So now I want some feedback. Play the word association game with me, if you will.
There's only one word:
What's the first thing that comes to mind? (Or the first few things, you don't have to stop at one.) Just say it. I promise not to be mad. (wink, wink)
Picnics, Poppies, and Patriots
13 hours ago