Getting It: My Favorite Game

by Rachel on January 13, 2011

Today I would like to introduce you to my favorite game. Eric and I made it up, and we play it quite often — whenever the perfect situation strikes us, it provides the great jumping-off point for a lengthy discussion. The game is simple and based on our shared belief that there are some things in life that just walk a very, very fine line.

Are you ready to play?

This amazing game started after a conversation regarding being That Guy who shows up a tipsy to his kid’s Little League game. Now, when we were kids, this was seen as terrible behavior, discussed in disapproving tones by our parents. But as we grow closer to that age, Eric and I started to wonder….is it really so bad? Is going to happy hour with your buddies and then watching your kid play baseball on a beautiful summer day the worst thing ever? Or is it…Totally Awesome?

Here’s another one: Getting kicked out of the National Honor Society in high school. Rock Bottom…or Totally Awesome?

Try this: Getting caught having sex in your sorority house a week before graduation by the House Mom. Seriously Rock Bottom? Or a Totally Awesome way to finish your career as a sorostitute?

Totally Awesome vs. Rock Bottom is, of course, one of those things like art vs. pornography — it’s so hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

Sometimes the answer is obvious. One of us will present a situation and the other says, “Rock Bottom! How could you even think there would be anything Totally Awesome about meeting your future husband or wife at Wal-Mart?!” (On the other hand, I consider meeting on Craigslist Totally Awesome.)

Other times, the answer is more complicated. I’ve found that what was Rock Bottom a year ago might now be Totally Awesome because it’s “ironic.” I mean…consider the mustache. I’m not saying I personally think it’s Totally Awesome, but it’s worth debating.

Since I know you guys will totally get this game, I’d like to now turn it over to you. I’m sure you have witnessed or experienced some of those fine-line Totally Awesome vs. Rock Bottom situations, so I’d love to hear about them in the comments — and if you’re not feeling particularly creative, I’d love for you to just weigh in on the situations other people propose in the comments. You guys never fail to be Totally Awesome in the comments, but I have a feeling today is going to be particularly special.

Have fun!

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ Blog is the New Black January 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

I love this game! I don’t have the guts to share my personal instances of awesome vs. rock bottom, but I can’t wait to read what others write.


2 Rachel January 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

You don’t have to admit they happened to you! They can be totally hypothetical!


3 Liz January 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

Haha, I totally met my fiance on Craigslist. BY ANSWERING AN AD FOR GHOSTHUNTING!


4 Rachel January 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

So awesome! Are you a ghosthunter?! Or is he??


5 Liz January 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

He is. He runs a local group and writes for a paranormal magazine for our state and is working on his own cable access show. He taped an episode for a popular show on TV but they wanted him to falsify evidence and he refused.


6 kate January 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

That IS totally awesome!


7 Rachel's Mom January 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hmmm….I watch a lot of those ghost hunting shows and always wondered how much of it was “embellished” for TV. Now I have an idea. Wish I knew which one it was. I’d probably stop watcing that one.


8 Jasmine January 13, 2011 at 10:30 am

That is TOTALLY AWESOME! (I know, I’m not supposed to play games with those in the comments, but seriously.) That is too cool.


9 Liz January 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

It is pretty bad-ass. I’m super proud of him and I love it when people think it’s awesome. It’s a hobby for him, not his job, but he is utterly devoted to it, and I shudder to think of the value of the equipment he hoardes, lol.


10 Paige January 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Wow, this really is totally awesome! Do you guys ever have bizarre paranormal experiences, or not yet? I would totally be into having someone ghost hunting in my house.


11 Liz January 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

Well, he’s definitely had some experiences he can’t explain. He’s a skeptic by nature, so it takes a LOT to impress him. I, unfortunately, do not go with him to investigations because I don’t want to distract him with my awesomeness/”omgwhatwasthatiamsoscared”. I kind of just act as his in-house photo/video/text editor/bitch. :)


12 Stephanie January 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

Haha. I used to think mustaches were definitely *Rock Bottom* until my bf grew one along with his beard. Now I think they’re just totally awesome…at least on him. :)


13 Katie January 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

I like this game! My mom was a younger mom than most of my friend’s moms so I was continually embarrassed by her until I got into high school. My favorite was when she pulled up to my sister’s soccer practice next to all the minivans blasting “Hot in Herre.” So I say- totally awesome.

Ending grad school earlier than expected to go live at a ski resort, get a random job, and have a ton of fun (almost did it, had many friends that did!).


14 MJ January 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

Eating mac & cheese in the bathtub. Yes, totally awesome.


15 Manon January 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

Is it bad that I kinda want to leave work and go do this RIGHT NOW?


16 Mk January 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

Going a long with this:

Hungover at 9 pm, after day drinking all afternoon, in a hotel bathtub, wearing undies and a tank top, eating panera and drinking vodka.

Anything in a tub is usually Totally Awesome


17 Bridget@PavementandPlants January 13, 2011 at 10:02 am

Accidentally (black out drunkenly) peeing in a guy’s bed the very first night you spend together (and you’re first date ever).

I’m saying Totally Awesome because he saw me at my very worst right off the bat and he loved the way I handled it without freaking out (although internally, I was a hot mess). We ended up dating for a long time!


18 allison marie January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

Bridget – that happened to me, too!

We drunkenly made out in a bar, I peed in his closet, and now we’re married :)

Totally awesome!


19 Mary @ stylefyles January 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm



20 Hangry Pants January 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

LOL! Totally Awesome!

Rachel, this is the best game ever.


21 Heather February 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

agree. awesome mcawesomeness.


22 Bridget@PavementandPlants January 13, 2011 at 10:04 am



23 Manon January 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

Getting so wasted you go home…the the WRONG HOUSE…..wake up to a stranger saying “excuse me, but why are you sleeping in my wife’s clothes in my son’s racecar bed? And did you puke in that pan?” Oh, and you have no phone, no shoes, and have absolutely no clue where you are or how you got there.


24 Manon January 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

TO the wrong house…not THE the wrong house :)


25 Lindsay January 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

No. Way. Hilarious!

My friend did this, he wandered home from the bar (he lives miles away, so I’m not sure how he thought he was going to get there at a reasonable time), and wandered into a condominium complex just down the street from the bar. Apparently passed out in someone’s house and they called the cops. When he woke up in jail he had to hear the story from the cops, he did not remember ANYTHING. We still haven’t decided if it’s totally awesome, totally f*cked up but still hilarious, or rock bottom. I’m going with #2.


26 Kendra January 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Totally fucking awesome!


27 Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle January 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

This did not happen to me but happened to my friend, and I go back and forth on whether this is Totally Awesome or Rock Bottom.

My friend had this proposal planned for his GF…a few days before the plan, they got into a fight about whether he was ever going to marry her. So he goes to the fridge like he’s getting a drink, says “I guess the first step would be to get you a ring then.” She says, yes, that would be the logical first step. He turns to her from the fridge, pulls out the ring and says, “well how about this one?”

Proposing from the refrigerator…Totally Awesome or Rock Bottom??


28 Amy January 13, 2011 at 11:55 am

I’m going to say Totally Awesome, because it is a step up from my husbands proposal (in front of the garbage can). He had something much more romantic planned, but after I threw a fit about him going golfing one afternoon instead of saving his money to buy me a ring, he figured he’d just surprise me right then and there. He actually hadn’t gone golfing that day…it was a cover so I didn’t know he actually had gone and bought a ring for me. And I say it’s Totally Awesome because we are still laughing about how it went down!


29 Jennie January 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

My husband proposed to me in the parking lot of our favorite restaurant after our meal (the moment wasn’t right during dinner, whatever). On his knees in the street next to my car (after picking up the box that he had dropped and had rolled under my car). Totally awesome guy, not a totally awesome proposal. :)


30 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

OMG this is totally awesome!!! And super funny, too!


31 Salah (My Healthiest LIfestyle) January 13, 2011 at 11:16 am



32 Lindsay January 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

Falling off the dance stage because you were breaking it down and may have had one too many dirty martinis? Discovering that the swollen ankle that ensued was a sprain and not a broken bone? Totally awesome. Though my mom thought it was rock bottom.

Having one too many cocktails with your friends on your lunch break in the summer…and calling off the rest of the day at work, because it’s sunny, summer only comes for a short time in MI, and you’re clearly too trashed to face your boss. Rock bottom? No way, totally awesome!

Waking up at 5:45am to be at the coffee shop you (used to) work at for 6am opening sucks after a night of partying. But you had such a fantastic time you didn’t make it home to shower, or change, or sleep. So you wear the same exact clothes you had on for your shift yesterday at the same coffee shop. Totally awesome when it happened 6 years ago and I was only 20…now, probably rock bottom.

I love this game.


33 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

AMAZING!!! All of them. Omg i’m stilllllll laughing.


34 Jess January 13, 2011 at 11:20 am

I “missed connections”ed someone and we talked for a few months. Turns out he was into some things that even open minded little me could never get behind (He wanted me to literally “get behind” him.)
so… totally awesome or rock bottom?


35 Paige January 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

Wow, I was just explaining to my roommate tonight what the “missed connections” section of Craigslist is. Were you guys actually “missed connections” or did you just randomly email each other and continue talking? This fascinates me.


36 Mel January 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

Taking home a pseudo-stranger while dressed as a famous rapper. Dreaded/ braided hair, baggy sweatpants, white tee, hat, the works.

I go back and forth on this moment a lot.


37 Mel January 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Oh I should add: Never really speaking to said pseudo-stranger again until meeting up half naked in a hot tub 2 months later….after drunk shaving your legs using only the blade and no handle to hold onto, which may or may not have resulted in some heinous scaring.

And then 6 months later, learning pseudo stranger randomly met your current hookup at a bar and after looking at a text message, realized they know the same girl and began swapping stories.

At the moment? Rock bottom.
One year later? Totally Awesome.


38 Bobby @ boymeetscake January 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

Throwing up on a complete stranger – totally awesome.

Throwing up on your hair stylist’s boyfriend – rock bottom.

Am I doing it right?


39 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm

LOL! Yes, I think you’re doing it right. Poor poor hairstylist’s boyfriend…


40 marie January 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I love that these all have a current theme running through them…apparently we, your readers, are all blazing drunks who like to have a good time ;) now THAT is totally awesome!


41 Kristen January 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Realizing the reason the guys dorm room looks familiar is because you previously met his roommate.


42 Bridget@PavementandPlants January 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I say this is totally awesome.


43 janetha @ meals and moves January 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

well. i got deported from canada. i still think this is rock bottom, but maybe one day it could be totally awesome. when i am over it.


44 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

!!!!!! Omg how?!! I am dying to know… sorry for being so nosy!


45 janetha @ meals and moves January 15, 2011 at 2:43 am

well, apparently you can’t have any sort of charges on your criminal record for 5 years prior to going to canada. who knew? four years before i tried to go, i dabbled in a few things that earned me a record. thought it was all in the past until i tried to go on a snowboarding trip at big white. BAM. deported and banned from the country. sheesh. they were brutal, i cried. big tears.


46 Hangry Pants January 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Totally awesome!


47 Allison January 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

That happened to a guy I knew awhile back!! Add wearing a leopard-print man-thong and mooning everyone at the hotel pool from the cop car and you’ve definitely got totally awesome.


48 Tenecia January 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Walking up to the rod iron door of your sister-in-law’s house yelling “TONIGHT, WE’RE GETTIN’ F$#KED UP!!” in your best Katt Williams voice and having your mother-in-law open the door….rock bottom or totally awesome cuz your mother-in-law replies, “Hell to the yes!!” :)



49 Beth January 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Exclaiming loudly at work the other day, “WHO THE HELL KEEPS TURNING ON FOX NEWS IN HERE! Are we simply doing ‘as we’re told’ by the authoritarian figures who run this dump!?'” at place of employment only to discover said figures to be less than 10 feet away from me.

Totes awesommmee thxverymuch!


50 Kendra January 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Getting totally fucked up with your family (who all think you’re completely innocent) and spilling all of your sluttery secrets… including that you slept with one of the non-family members present? Um… I’m still deciding.


51 Talitha January 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Waking up in Shanghai not quite sure of how the hell you go there and why they let you on a plane!? Totally awesome :D


52 Talitha January 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm



53 Laura January 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Getting so drunk for my 25th that I’m on the floor of the hotel lobby.

BF getting me up off the floor, and hooking up in the bathrooms down the hall.


54 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep January 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Dating a guy with no toes and calling him Stubs to his face? Rock bottom.

Peeing in a guy’s kitchen sink because his roommate was in the bathroom? Totally awesome.


55 Allison @ Happy Tales January 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

LOL!!! Sounds like my study abroad…


56 KP January 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm

In college I helped a friend record a song and music video for his sketch comedy show on the campus TV Station. It was about giving your girl an orgasm. One day I was getting coffee off campus when some guy stopped and yelled, “Hey! You’re the O Face girl!”


57 Danielle January 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I LOVE THIS GAME! I love how alcohol is a recurring theme in these scenarios. I cannot wait to run into the next Totally Awesome vs. Rock Bottom Scenario.


58 Eunice January 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Stumbling out into the kitchen naked to drink water because you’re so dehydrated from all the sex? Totally awesome.

Stepping into a bucket of mop water, tripping and sitting naked on the wet floor as your boyfriend laughs at you? Rock bottom.


59 Rachel January 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Spilling wine all over your boyfriend’s mother’s Bible on the counter the first time you are asked to dinner. Felt rock bottom, he is an ex now, so maybe totally awesome?


60 Natalie @ Scarlett Notions January 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

Kissing a guy at a party that you THOUGHT was your boyfriend, but was really a cute guy from your English lit class. TOTALLY AWESOME.

Turns out, that guy is your boyfriend’s new roommate. Oh yeah, and they’re brothers. ROCK BOTTOM.

Or is it the other way around?


61 Triz January 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

I think that’s what you call a book, Natalie. :)


62 Becca@ Start Over From Scratch January 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I got caught with boys, alcohol, and other illegal things in my room at the sorority house the night of the senior send off. I had already been through the alumni ceremony and had just been recognized for never missing anything in the 3.5 years I was there. I got called to standards for the first time ever my senior finals week as an alumni. I say TOTALLY AWESOME way to go out!!!


63 Rachel January 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Oh man…this is so similar to what happened to me!! So funny!


64 Caitlin (EatFeats) January 20, 2011 at 12:40 am

Your 22-year-old best friend finding out that she was a wedlock baby…on Christmas Eve…in front of everyone who attended the party?

Totally Awesome and Best Present Ever.


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