Mom, wife, computer geek, web designer, musician, board member, ski bum, bicyclist, camper, glamper, fishing woman, treasure hunter, bookkeeper, office wizard, blogger, vlogger, and Pampered Chef Independent Consultant, trekking through life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
One week ago today I was out skiing by myself, it was wet and snowing with a mean wind chill, the top of the mountain was full on winter, and conditions were dust-on-crust. I was doing laps on “R-Trail” and thinking of my missing ski buds. One was at home under self quarantine, she had just returned early from a Chamonix ski trip because the borders were closing. One was recovering at home recovering from a torn ACL/MCL ski injury, she had been run down by a teenager on skis earlier in the season.
Unbeknownst to me, this was the last day of the season. The tram was closed, and the gondolas were only being loaded at half capacity, not that I wanted to ride in any of the anyway. It was a chair lift day for me, and the mountain was not all that busy.
The current events of the previous week had me feeling like I was living in a Stephen King novel. Our president had announced he was closing travel to and from Europe and our town council canceled several of our large local events.
The next morning I got up and plugged in my ski boot warmers, made some coffee, and checked conditions. It had dumped two feet of heavy wet snow in 24 hours. Heavy wet snow on top of frozen crust equals high avalanche danger. The first notice from JHMR was that there would be delayed opening due to avalanche conditions, a bit later I received a notice that they would be closed for the day. Later JHMR announced they would be closed for the rest of the season by directive from our Governor. Targhee and Snow King closed the next day.
Holy Toilet Paper Batman! The Zombie Apocalypse has started, the world is falling apart, and the people are going mad!
The Governor of Wyoming has ordered all public gathering places closed. That is restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption; Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distillery pubs, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other places of public accommodation offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption; Cigar bars; Gymnasiums; Movie and performance theaters, opera houses, concert halls, and music halls. All child care centers and home day cares are ordered closed, except those providing care to essential personnel.
Even with all that, I still don’t understand the toilet paper hoarding, at the most we might be stuck in our house for a few weeks, but at the end of the day we only need enough toilet paper to last a few more days more than our food supply. – Then they started hoarding food, even perishables. Seriously, you can’t freeze lettuce!
We might remember this as The Great Toilet Paper Famine, but the young will remember their lost opportunities. I have friends who’s children were called back from studying abroad, one who’s winter Olympic training came to an abrupt halt, proms and graduation ceremonies have been canceled, and many well earned competitions are canceled.
But it is the adults that are truly losing it. Most of us, including myself, have become germaphobes, for good reason. I have a new appreciation of the little bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse. I use it after — pretty much every errand where I can’t wash imminently afterwards. I see adults doing everything from total denial, total breakdown, total isolation, hoarding, and the young adults are partying on the beach in defiance. The media isn’t helping either, yes this is a serious issue, but the media is sensationalizing it and making the matter worse!
It reminds me of the scene fromThe Stand where Frannie Goldsmith is listening to Rae Flowers on the radio being overrun by the military.
Frannie Goldsmith: This is a joke! Right? I mean, this has gotta be a joke!
All my music activities have also ceased, it is just practice at home for now. My many musician friends are left gig-less, and for the ones who make a living at it are jobless with no option for unemployment. In fact, many of us are out of work and I think that is what really scars most us, we have bills to pay so we can live with food on the table and a roof over our head.
A year from now I will come back and read this to remember where our life was at this moment.
We are all in this together. This shall pass… like a kidney stone, but it will pass. The world will be different but it will go on.
Summers are all too short in Jackson Hole, we try to cram as many activities as possible on the weekends until the snow flies and ski season get into gear. Whether playing music, glamping, fishing, treasure hunting, or skiing, I’m out doing something almost every weekend, all while squeezing in a little quick and creative cooking.
Winter of 2018 I won an awesome GoPro Hero 6 and swag from the GoPro people at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort so I thought I would give YouTube a try. Think of my channel as a grab bag of family adventures and Wyoming lifestyle.
Several months ago I ran across a Facebook Group, “Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared“, and found my tribe. The admins do an awesome job keeping it friendly and politics free. Before I joined the group, there must have been some discussion on making a bingo game of it because a member posted a bingo card shortly after I joined.
A little over a year ago I won a awesome GoPro set up at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, from the GoPro people. This spring I decided I would give YouTube video blogging a try. And what better place to start… my first game of “Weird Shit Bingo” with my best yard sale buddy, Irene!! (She’s such a good sport!)
After our game of Bingo it was clear that it would be more fun if we were looking for different items. We also needed some standard rules to add to the fun and make it more competitive.
I got this grand idea to make my own cards out of a car bingo game I had in my stash of stuff. The car bingo game windows were WAY too small for my old eyes, so I started searching the net. I found these Jumbo Bingo Cards that would be perfect! I could not wait for my order to arrive!
The project took me what seemed like FOREVER to complete due to trial and error, shopping for the perfect supplies, preparing the PDF cards, taking photos, writing down the instructions that worked, writing this blog, and finishing the YouTube vlog. If you decide to make your own cards, it should take several hands-on hours to complete a set of cards with the instructions below. There is a lot of drying time between sessions though.
Should you decide to make the cards why not invite a friend and split the work, cost, and cards… then go out and play a game! If you are not that enthusiastic, or want to play a round before investing your time, you can just download the PDF and play a game directly from it. (The PDF download is just above the instruction below.)
How to Play the Game:
Everything on the cards is possible to find, but many will be hard to find. You will have more fun it you use your imagination to interpret the items you are looking for. Be careful though, if you interpret too loosely you may get vetoed.
All items must be second hand, found in garage sales, estate sales, thrift shops, antique stores, etc. No new items or items not for sale allowed.
Before you get started, do yourself a favor and download this handy Yard Sale Treasure Map app: http://yardsaletreasuremap.com (I do not get anything for posting this link, it’s just too handy to not share.)
No Object shall be just an ordinary object.
All Items must have photographic proof, video for musical instrument bonus.
Each object may be used as only one entry.
All Items must be found during the game time period.
Everyone shall buy a trinket to award the winner.
A Vomit Clock is a wild card.
Everyone in group gets 1 veto to squash an opponent’s item if it is too ordinary.
Any Item with an earned bonus cannot be vetoed.
You may decide on some rules of your own prior to starting the game. Let me know what rules you added in the comments.
Prior to starting the game decide on what constitutes a win. Ideas for wins:
Most Items found
Ugliest Taxidermy Bonus is the tie-breaker
OR each person can award their trinket to the person (other than self) they think is the winner under their own criteria.
I envision a group of 10 friends meeting up for breakfast on a Saturday morning at their favorite coffee joint. Over coffee, draw for their cards and divide into teams of two. Decide on what time the game is over and a place to meet and compare Bingo to declare the winners. Then all take off in teams, one team per car. Each team would get a win for the most Bingos (ugliest taxidermy bonus is the tie-breaker), and individual wins would be decided by each player by awarding their trinket to who they think won. Everyone would pitch in to buy the winning team lunch or a drink.
Definitions for Newbies:
Grandma wasn’t so innocent:Turtles with Human Genitalia.
Adopted Family Picture: A photo of somebody’s family member, the older the photo the better, that is being sold to strangers. Also a fun FaceBook group.
BDSM: An abbreviation for Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), and Sadism and Masochism (SM). (There is likely a FaceBook group, I don’t want to know about it!)
If you need another definition please comment on this post.
Transforming my Cards – Trial and Error
The sizing of the card openings were perfect, however the back was raw and unfinished cardboard. So I started looking on the net for ways to paint cardboard without warping it. Gesso seemed to be the common fix. My plan was to paint both sides of the card chalkboard black, Mod Podging the instructions on the back, and stenciling the name of the game on the front.
I started by painting just one card’s back with the Gesso to see how well it worked. FAIL! The cardboard did warp. After it was dry I painted the front with the black chalkboard paint. It took two coats to get full coverage over the green and was messy to try to color within the lines. I painted the back black over the Gesso and let it dry overnight. Most of the warping went back to the original position but it still looked a bit off, the coverage was not perfect and it looked like a caveman did it. I ended up only painting the top part of the card and it looked much nicer.
While the cards were drying I played with the stencils to come up with an efficient plan. I had purchased the stencils at the Dollar Store, they were stick on reusable letters about the correct size for the cards. However when I tried to line the words up it became clear they were a tad too wide and were a bear to work with, so I bagged that idea. Then it hit me, one of the categories has to do with crimes, so I cut letters out of an old magazine I had laying around. I added embellishments to each card so they would all look different, giving the player an easy way to know which card is theirs.
To Sh*t or not to Sh*t, That is the Question
Since I knew I would be blogging this, I gave some thought into the name of the game, was it used by a big company? The first thing I did was google ‘Weird Shit Bingo”, and I learned something I didn’t really need to know, Chicken-shit bingo is a thing! (Google it!! OMG). Good news, Weird Shit Bingo is not a name of a marketed game. YAY!
My other concern was can I say “Shit” on the internet without getting banned? I Googled it… Guess what… There is a plethora of information on the internet about the word shit. Wikipedia has a whole page dedicated to shit thanks to George Carlin and his 7 deadly words. Yup, a shit-load of shit about shit.
I found that as long as I keep it in good fun, or it is appropriate for the content, and I’m not vulgar, I’ll be fine. And it is probably not the best idea to use the full word “shit” in my titles. So, “sh*t” for my titles and “shit” for my content. How’s that shit?
I purchased 10 Jumbo Cards, 25 spaces each including the center “free” spot. That is 250 squares to fill! There were a few fun items I wanted to be the on every card, so that helped but YIKES!!! So I solicited my tribe for ideas and copied all of them into a spreadsheet. The discussion was as fun as the game! I ended up with 214 ideas for items and used most of them.
The Holy Grail of Weird Shit shopping is a Vomit Clock, I decided a Vomit Clock as a wild card would be fun. And any “Weird Shit Bingo” game would not be complete without a “Vomit” item, and they are easy to find, “Vomit Anything” would be the center of every card instead of the “Free Spot”.
I wanted to make sure everyone who is playing was picking stuff up, trying stuff on, looking in books, pockets, etc. I spent several hours organizing the list by category and difficulty to make sure the cards were all balanced. Putting it all together was a little like a logic puzzle to make sure I did not have 2 similar items on any given card.
I’m a musician so I had to add a musical instrument on each card, with a bonus for playing it. All the cards have A musical Instrument, A call from a decade, something haunted, taxidermy, and Turtles/Frogs with Human Genitalia. Then I added one item from each of the categories. The cards came out nice and balanced, and difficult but not impossible to bingo.
How to make your own WSB cards:
This PDF allows you to play without making cards, however reusable cards are more fun and always ready to play if you keep them in your car.
Weird Shit Bingo is a second hand item scavenger hunt. No need to purchase the objects you find, but photographic evidence is mandatory.
Keyword: Bingo, Thrifting, Yard Sales
Servings: 10Bingo Cards
Cost: About $3 per Card
Brush for Mod Podge
Sponge type paint brush
1" Square paper punch
10MR CHIPS Bingo Cards Slide Shutter for Senior and Kids – Jumbo https://amzn.to/32QZc67
Tacky Glue(Craft Glue)
1 or 2Old MagazinesYou will be cutting letters from them
Black Craft Paint
10Assorted ButtonsEach a different color
10PiecesFabirc RibbonAssorted colors, cut slightly longer than the bingo card is wide.
1 to 2RollsClear Stick on Shelf PaperNeed 18" x 1.5 yd
1setWeird Shit Bingo PDF Cards TetonTrekker.com/weird-shit-bingo
Painting the Cards
Using a dry sponge brush carefully paint the top of the card with black craft paint to cover the words, making a straight line across the top. (Later the line will be covered by a ribbon to give it a finished look.)
Let completely dry then add a second coat. If some of the green is still showing through, let completely dry then add another coat.
Back of Card
Cut the rules from the bottom of the printed PDF card.
Trim edges of the rules with pinking shears.
Use glue stick on edges of the paper rules then stick it onto the back of the bingo card.
For each card, cut a piece of the clear shelf paper a bit larger than the card.
Apply the glue stick or Mod Podge to the edges of the back of the card, from edge to about a ½" in from edge, around the entire card.The glue stick dries faster but uses a lot of the stick per card.The Mod Podge is messier and takes longer to dry but the finished look is much nicer.
Take the backing off the shelf paper and lay sticky side up on your table.
Put the card, back down, onto the sticky side of shelf paper. Press down with your hands.
Turn over and rub any bubbles out.
When the glue/Mod Podge has dried trim the exposed edges off the shelf paper, using either the Exacto knife or scissors.
Lock your cat in out of the room for the rest of the project.
Clip a piece of ribbon a bit longer than the card is wide and lay it out over the paint line. (do NOT glue down yet.)
Cut enough letters from the magazine to spell "WEIRD SHIT BING" for each card, the buttons will be the "O". Letters should fit between ribbon and top of card but be random in font.I found it handy to sort them in a deviled egg rack.
Lay out the letters using, a button for the O, across top of card for your desired look.
Set the letters, ribbon, and button aside.
Brush a think coart of Mod Podge over the painted area and about a ¼" over the line where the ribbon will go.
Place the letters back in their positions. If you work fast and dont press the letters in the Mod Podge will allow you to move them a little until you get them just right.
Gently press all the letters down so there are no bubbles and the edges are down.
Cover with a medium coat of Modge Podge.
Place ribbon in place and press into the Mod Podge.
Let completely dry.
Check with fingers that there are now loose edges. If needed add second coat of Mod Podge, careful not to cover ribbon, and let completely dry.
Trim the ribbon edges.
Glue the button into the "O" position with Tacky Glue.
Add the items to the Slots
– I highly recommend doing this part one card at at time.
– Do not mix up the tiles from one card to another, you will not have an even playing field.
– Be sure your hands are clean and dry while handling the tiles.
Cut the grid into strips.
Use the 1" hole punch to cut out the squares. Be sure to center up as much as possible by turning the punch over and looking through the window.Doubling up with a blank strip of paper, a bit wider, helped get cleaner edges and it was easier to fine tune the position before punching the square.
Using the Bingo Card PDF as a guide match the tiles in the matching windows.
Pull down the window a bit and tuck a corner of the paper tile under it.
Position each paper tile, using the craft tweezers to keep one corner up. Use the glue stick to adhere the bottom ½ of the tile inside the bingo card window. Be sure to get both bottom corners.Be careful not to glue the window slide. The slide will hold the top of the tile in place.
Let completely dry with all the windows on the card open.
Put small buttons, using the same color you used on the cards, in a small jewelry bag. When starting the game, each player blindly draws a button to see what card they will be using.
Purchase a hand held UV black light (under $10) and keep with the game. The person who gets the card with the "Uranium Glass" carries the light for the day, https://amzn.to/2yvUXir
While out shopping second hand things look for the perfect "weird" case to keep cards in.
The shelf paper on the back of the card is to keep it clean and readable.And it will help keep spills from soaking into the cardboard. It is also cheap and easy to push out the bubbles.Use the 1″ square punch, they are not expensive and will save you a BIG headache. The lines between the tiles on the PDF are not exactly 1″.This project took me several days to complete due to trial and error, shopping for the perfect supplies, preparing the PDF cards, taking photos, and writing down the instructions that worked. It should take a total of a few hands-on hours to complete a set of cards with these instructions. There is a lot of drying time between sessions though.Store your cards in one gallon zip lock bags, with the windows closed to protect the paper tiles.