Wettschrecks unplugged and Monopoly madness

The day after Christmas, after we dug ourselves out of the snow, my husband and I headed up to the pub in Avoca. It was mid afternoon and we felt the need to get out of the house.

The kids joined us around 5 p.m., and we had a wonderful time playing a few games of pool and picking on each other.

By 7 p.m. or so, we were ready to head home. After getting in the house, I watched everyone start drifting toward their electronics. Eric headed for his laptop, Nick and Grace for the video games, Matt for his guitar. It made me a bit sad because we had been having so much fun together, but now everyone would plug in and tune out.

So I made an announcement.

"Time for some Star Wars Monopoly!"

Surprisingly enough, they all agreed. We cleared the table, set up the game, grabbed a bag of pretzels and proceeded to laugh for the next few hours.

Star Wars Monopoly is pretty much the same thing as regular Monopoly, only your characters are from the original movies (I always get to be Han Solo, Nick is always Darth Vader) and the properties you buy are not so much Park Place and St. James Avenue. They are places like Hoth, Mos Eisley and Dagobah. No railroads – spaceships. Strangely enough, there is still free parking, Go looks the same, as do the jail and the go to jail spot.

Eric was having a heck of a time figuring out which guy was his (I think he was Obi Wan Kenobi) so we left his piece lying down. The little pewter pieces are tough to tell apart, so eventually we put Grace in charge of moving them all.

Oh, there are no dollars. You have galactic space credits. They are the same funny colors as Monopoly money, though.

The wheeling and dealing got pretty hot and heavy after a while, and the best part of the whole evening came when Matt decided he really wanted the third green property, which I believe had something to do with the planet Endor. He already had two of them, and his father was not cooperating when it came to selling him the third.

After multiple offers were turned down, Matt got frustrated.

"What do I have to do to get that green one?" he barked.

Without missing a beat, Eric answered, "Dance topless in the street to the ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Time’ song."

Matt gave him a rather incredulous look as we laughed. Then he shrugged his shoulders and said, "OK."

We all stopped mid laugh and gave him our own incredulous looks. Never one to miss a great opportunity, Nick grabbed his laptop and dug through the 6 million songs he has on it.

"Got it," he said, and hit play.

Yep, Peanut Butter Jelly Time.

Eric and I stayed safely (and warmly) in the house while the three teens headed outside to the street in front of our house. Under the street light, with Grace running the video camera to preserve the moment and Nick handling the music end of things, Matt whipped off his shirt and proceeded to dance away. He really got into it until Nick started lobbing snowballs.

When they came back in, we all watched the video and laughed until we cried.

Then the game resumed. Matt had earned the green property. Unfortunately, he went bankrupt a few rounds later, and Grace and I wiped out the men and decided to call it a draw.

"Jeez, I did that for nothing," Matt mumbled.

Nothing? Oh, no. That will forever go down in my life as one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. I’ve got the video to prove it.

I’ve got to remember to unplug everyone more often.

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