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Seven Up Revisited - Future Television Writer
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Sat, Apr. 1st, 2006 12:35 am
Seven Up Revisited

On the final day of the third quarter a bunch of seniors sat in a classroom and begged their teacher to play a game that most of them hadn't played since elementary school. It culminated in possibly the best fifteen minutes of school in ever. For a while we had been asking Mr. Bolen, our Sociology teacher, if we could possibly play Seven Up, but he had resisted. We hadn't actually had a day where there was nothing to do before, but even so, he had previosuly rejected the notion of the game. He pointed out how silly it was and how easy it was to cheat, and he is right, but still, fun is to be had with this game. For those not familiar, the game works like this: Seven students will go up to the front of the room as the rest of the class puts their head down and thumbs up. The seven students will then walk around the room and each of them will push down the thumb of one other student. The students who had their thumb pushed down then have to decide who it was that pushed down their thumb. In short, it's amazing.

Today, ideal conditions for a game of seven up had arrived. Not only was it the last day of the quarter with our grades already having been determined and our big test having been the day before, but we had a record low number of students, a mere 14, so Mr. Bolen wouldn't have been able to teach much knowing that so much of the class would be missing it. So after a small discussion about our Participation in Government (PiG) Paper, we got our grades (An A! Yes!) and then we got down to business and played Seven Up. Being that the class was so small, we couldn't have a full seven people go up to the front of the room, so we had four. I was surprised and delighted to find that everyone was going to take this game quite seriously (while of course avoiding any accusations of taking the game too seriously by affecting a pseudo-serious tone, but hey, teenagers).

Mr. Bolen made several comments about how it's funny to watch seniors as they regress so much toward the end of their high school career. He said that he would never be able to get his freshman class to play a game like this, but seniors would volunteer to do it because we're trying to hold on to what is now so fleeitng. I agree about the holding on part, but I think I would have been down for seven up at any point in my life so far. I can't think of a time when I wasn't. Eithey way, though, seven up was played. People were into it. It was good.

Current Mood: nostalgic nostalgic

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archbishopm
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Archbishop Melker
Sat, Apr. 1st, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)

I'm going to miss your last-year-of-high-school observations. Do you think half a semester's enough time to totally fail and be forced to repeat?


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futuretvwriter
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Josh
Sat, Apr. 1st, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)

I really, really hope not.


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