Have you ever played the Word Association game? You know the one I mean. I’m sure your parents played it with you and/or your siblings on long, boring road trips. Basically it’s about exchanging words that are associated together. Here’s an example: Let’s say someone says “Dog”. The next person might then say, “Cat”. And the next person might say, “Fur”. And on and on it goes.
Well, I think I’ve inadvertently come up with a new twist on this old classic: Thought Association. It happened, quite unintentionally, while I was watching the Olympics, specifically the Jamaican sprinters.
- The Jamaican team made me think of jerk chicken. What can I say? I like spicy food and West Indian cooking, in particular.
- This made me think of scotch bonnet peppers, which should come with a warning. The deadliest of the deadly, even a small bite can set you ablaze.
- This made me think of Michael, a Trinidadian art director who used to work for me. Whenever he went home for a visit he always returned with a bottle of his mother’s delicious but lethal hot sauce for me.
- This made me think of a Bajan I once knew, who invited me to one of his parties. He hadn’t told me, as he kept topping up my drink, that I was slugging back over-proof rum. Instead of getting loaded, I got tired. I happened to be in the one and only bathroom in his house when the need to lay down hit me like a ton Continue reading