When I was in graduate school (one hundred and ten years ago), my studio mates and I engaged in a competitive ritual every Wednesday that helped to break up the week. We called it Hump Day Activities and it was wonderful.
The activity in question was different each time – one week may have been a test of mental acuity, like the time we were to guess the remaining amount of capsules in an Advil bottle (Melissa Button cleaned up on that one after naming the exact amount left - confidently saying of her win, ‘Well, I take A LOT of Advil…’). Another week may have involved a contest of athletic proficiency, like seeing who could bounce a tennis ball over the Art Annex building .
In three years, I only won twice (both times were games in which an object was rolled, kind of like bowling only with decorative oranges and masking tape). The spoils for the victor were always sweet. Everyone participating in Hump Day Activities would pony up a small monetary amount (like, ten cents) and would walk across the street to the convenience store en masse, purchase a candy bar of the winner’s chosing and carry it back for him/her. This reward system was specifically designed to maximize the humilation of the losers – adding extra incentive to genuinely try to win. These were good times, friends, good times.
I long for these times spent with creative and funny people and often find myself searching to find things that are as amusing and interesting as Hump Day Activities. I toil and troll the internets with hope in my tiny, frozen, black heart and if I am very, very lucky – I stumble across something that sends me and melts my face.
I must credit the lovely and talented Hilah of HilahCooking.com for bringing the DailyUke to my attention recently. One man, one ukulele, one song for every day of the year – it’s like playing Hump Day Activities everyday and winning every time! My personal favorite is this, but they are all wonderful. Enjoy and brace yourself for MAGIC.