The Azn Badger works in a warehouse.
Specifically the Amazon.com warehouse in Bellevue, Washington.
Over the course of 10 hours each day, tedium is the name of the game, and as such; it’s really easy to go a little nuts from time to time.
Trust me, I’ve seen some people lose their shit, as well as their jobs due to lack of motivation and occasional violent bouts of insanity.
That being said, myself and some of the other workers have, over the course of the past several months, come up with a few interesting games and activities to keep our minds sharp and occupied while our bodies toil in the boring and repetitive world of warehouse work.
Here are just a few examples of said activities:
1. Practice a funny voice or accent.
Okay, admittedly this one isn’t really practiced by anyone other than myself, but even so; it’s helped me get through some of the tougher morning scenarios.
I say “morning,” because I’m generally more “loopy” in the early hours, and thusly more apt to talk to myself.
“More” being the operative word in that sentence, being as I tend to talk to myself a lot regardless…
Anyway, over the past few months I’ve been playing around with Scottish and Australian accents.
I honestly can’t really do either of them very well, but after many days of thinking on and dissecting the diction and quirks behind the 2 accents, I can honestly say I feel I “know” them a lot better than I ever thought I would.
For the record, the only 2 phrases I can say with a legit Scottish accent are:
“Made in Scotland by real Scots.”
“You should try it! It’s delicious!”
The reasoning behind those choice of phrases came from the tag line on some Scottish cereal I found in the warehouse.
2. Exchange movie quotes/Arnold Schwarzenneger quotes.
This one takes a buddy, and an intimate knowledge of movies, but trust me; it’s a blast if you find a partner that can keep up.
So far the most quoted films are Jurassic Park, and any Arnold Schwarzenneger movie EVER.
Seeing as most men know at least some of Arnold’s movies, and can at least partially imitate his voice to humorous effect; I’d say the average person is most likely to enjoy that version of the game moreso than the other.
Even so, don’t underestimate the entertainment value that can be extracted from exchanging Robert Muldoon quotes.
“They should all be destroyed!”
3. “The Pop-Culture Icon” Game.
“The Pop-Culture Icon” game is probably the cream of the crop of boredom relieving games at Amazon.
Well, at least for me anyway.
Before I get ahead of myself, let me go over the rules for the most basic version of the game:
You begin with 2 players.
At the outset of the game, the player that suggested the playing of the game cites the name of a popular fictional character.
From that point on, the object of the game is for both players to cite the names of any popular fictional characters and the name of the source material they originate from in a back and forth manner, with the last letter in each character’s name being the letter that must begin the next consecutive character’s name.
Player 1 begins the game by stating: “Optimus Prime, Transformers.”
Player 2 would then respond by stating: “The Eradicator, Superman comics,” or any other character whose name begins with “E.”
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Should either player have the desire to stump their “opponent” and “win” the game in doing so, strategy can arise in the form of choosing character names with difficult or rare last letters.
Fox, from Starfox, has proven to be quite popular in the warehouse, as “X” is definitely on of the harder letters to work from, and let’s face it; Fox is pretty fuckin’ easy to remember to use.
While those are the rules of the most basic version of the game, several variations of it have popped up in the warehouse; including movie-centric, comic book-centric, and videogame-centric versions.
Also, bear in mind that the rules can be modified in-game at any point in time.
For instance, today myself and the person I was playing “against” (it’s not a game you play to win, only to have fun and keep busy) were forced to consider ruling out the inclusion of Pokemon and Mega Man characters, as we came to realize that, between the 2 of us we probably could’ve gotten stuck just naming characters from those 2 franchises.
A few other rules that I felt should’ve been instigated are as follows:
Character names should always begin with the first name, and should always include the last name (and it’s last letter) if the player knows it.
Characters should only be used once, regardless of how many aliases they have.
Names of races or species, regardless of whether they are fictional or not; should not count.
Duplicate character names can be reused if the player is able to cite the name of alternate source material.
In case you didn’t notice, I really like this game.
Hell, I played the game for close to 7 hours today.
3 hours consecutively, and sporadically over the next 4.
My “opponent” and I were separated for most of the day, but every time we would pass each other in the warehouse, we’d pause a second to keep the game going.
While I don’t usually feel the need to toot my own horn, I feel it should be said that the Azn Badger is pretty fuckin’ savage at this game.
Seriously man, today I was playing “against” the originator of the game, and I had his ass on the ropes so bad, you don’t even know man…
He was so desperate towards the end that he was dropping bullshit like “T-Rex” just to stay afloat.
Not only that, he went so far as to use “Xavier,” as in “Professor Charles Xavier,” for an “X.”
I don’t care how bad you’re hurtin’, don’t you ever forget Professor X’s first name…
Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this game today, here’s hoping somebody reading this goes out and gives it a try!