It's Bank Holiday Monday and it's raining. So that's tomorrow's small talk at the work tea point taken care of. Whew.
It's also a great pretext to stay in and finally play the Jason Donovan board game, 'Straight From The Heart', a mere year after finding it in a charity shop for £1.
Here are the Jason Donovan rules; live by them, die by them:
There are four question categories: Love; Favourite Things; Dates; and Music
Some of the questions are about Jason and some of the questions are 'truth or dare' style posers for 7+ girls.
Here are some of the choicest questions that came up:
DATES: Name the date you think you'll get married - Not fair. Impossible to be proven incorrect. I got a puzzle piece for saying "Twelfth of never" though
LOVE: What do you love most about Jason? - Bit awkward this one. But again, easy to win a puzzle piece. Nobody can disprove a thing.
LOVE: Describe exactly what you would say if Jason phoned you now - Easy "How did you get this number?"
FAVOURITE THINGS: What are Jason's favourite foods? - Healthy foods. Nice and vague that. And smug.
FAVOURITE THINGS: What is Jason's favourite painting? - One he did. One he did? Fair enough, I did actually sarcastically guess that based on other self aggrandising answers to questions about himself but still, that's not something anyone could 'know'
DATES: What year will you be 18? - 1998. Does a retrospective answer count?
LOVE: Describe where you would take Jason on your first date - Pass. Keep your puzzle piece, some games are not worth winning.
LOVE: Name one of your friends' boyfriends you like - Looking to stir up a bit of trouble between the players there Jason?
FAVOURITE THINGS: Does Jason believe in nuclear disarmament? - Yes. A man of peace. A great man.
FAVOURITE THINGS: What is Jason's favourite house? - His house. It's the painting question all over again.
DATES: Give a date when you think your best friend's boyfriend will leave her - What larks!
MUSIC: Sing the first line of 'Especially For You' - Especially for you. Toughie.
LOVE: Pretend you're putting on make up - (a) Love? (b) Not even a question
MUSIC: Does Jason like Michael Jackson's music? - Yes. No would have been a little bitchy so an easy correct guess.
LOVE: Does Jason like dinner by candlelight? - Yes. Arrived at by using the classic 'what is the obvious correct sounding answer?' system of guessing.
LOVE: What does Jason think is most important? - Love. Bit easy, given the category.
FAVOURITE THINGS: What is Jason's favourite restaurant? - Any good Italian restaurant. Could you be any vaguer Jason?
LOVE: Describe what you would say if your friend dated Jason - Well, most of my friends are now married so I would ask if their husbands knew, what had precipitated all of this, and in some cases remind them that they have kids to consider.
FAVOURITE THINGS: What is Jason's favourite best friend at tea? - James Maguire. Obviously. Anyone who got that should not just win the game, but be made King of the World.
You have to keep playing until you collect enough puzzle pieces to make a picture of Jason. Which, given the overly specific nature of the questions, can never happen.
Play until you die. Or until you can pass the curse on to someone else a la The Ring, through the charity shop rather than the TV.