i forgot...

another monday event from the cruise...

our late night event. no wonder i forgot it. it was in the late night. that day was jam packed with awesomeness and to top it off at 10pm there was the late night comedy show with our new bff, john branyan

his wife, lori, had helped us out with the amazing race event earlier in the day. she is super sweet and LOVES working with teenagers. she was in charge of the ice cream eating portion of the race. she rocked that portion of the event.

we had gotten to know john a little bit through a couple of conversations with him and his lovely wife. they were so much fun to sit around and talk with at the midnight buffet. they have 4 children a bit older than our kids so we loved hearing the good news that we might survive the teenage years. well, we might survive if we laugh a lot. 

john and lori are game players. serious game players. they are so serious that they brought some of their favorite board and card games on the cruise. yes, in a time of limited suitcase space and weight limits on airplanes they used their space and weight to bring board games.  just in case they might meet some other serious game players who wanted to stay up all night playing serious games. or in case they could entice some young teenagers into their world of board games. thus geeking these young unsuspecting teenagers up sufficiently so that they wouldn't have the time or energy to get involved in drugs, sex, or rock and roll. it is a true ministry of gaming that the branyans bring to the table...

and guess what, there un-nefarious plan worked. they met some ready-to-be-serious game players. our kids. and they stayed up all night playing serious games. there was a great room on the ship just perfect for setting up board games and playing well into the night. the hudson room. i think maxx spent more time in that room than he did in his stateroom. 

they taught us these games that you have never heard of (and need to hear of and need to order for your family so that your very own teenagers are too geeky and exhausted to become hooked on drugs, sex and rock and roll plus our kids need some friends to play these games with. once they are tired of adam and i whipping their butts all day)... zombie dice, guillotine, small world, and puerto rico.

the gamers. i went to bed. they kept playing. i told the kids to stay on the boat. good parenting.

the gamers. i went to bed. they kept playing. i told the kids to stay on the boat. good parenting.

here is a little taste of how insanely funny john is on stage.

not only is he hilarious on stage. he was really fun with our kids off stage. and he and lori were great late night buffet attenders. all of us couples sat around a table and talked about how much funnier real life is than anything they ever put on television... and we ate fried shrimp into the wee hours of the morning. cruise life.

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