Monday, March 20, 2006

Ask the Ouiga Board!

When I was a kid, safety was not our main concern. My parents didn't seem all that concerned about it either. That was the times though and although I am glad certain changes have been made I miss the carefreeness (just made up that word!) that went along with our attitudes back then.

There are a lot of things we don't do anymore that wasn't even a blip on the radar when I was a kid. When I was a kid you could go without a seatbelt and even stand up in the back seat (if you were small enough) AND bounce from one seat to another in the 40 acres we called a Station Wagon.

We rode our bikes all over the place, unaccompanied by an adult AND topless! You know I mean without a helmet! Mind out of gutter, now!

But, when I was in 5th grade one of our favorite things to play during any free time at school was the Ouiga Board (pronounced Wee-Gee for you deprived children). The Ouiga Board was All-Knowing. Ask it any question and it would answer! And, no it wasn't like the Magic Eight Ball. Magic Eight Ball didn't know shit. It would just say things like "Ask me later" or "My Sources say Yes". I have long suspicioned that it is just an answer given at random without any help from the spirit world.

I went to an Open Concept Elementary (a bad idea in the 70's) so to separate the classrooms we had rolling blackboards and rolling coat closets. A group of us girls would crowd into one of these rolling closets and eagerly place our fingers onto the triangular piece that would point to letters of the alphabet and spell things or to a simple yes or no.

Can you imagine kids going to school today and being allowed to summon the forces of the Occult?? Me and my friends were doing just that! We would ask the Ouiga board the most important question in the world over and over - "What boy likes me?"

We would take turns asking this question or a variation of it "Who Will I Marry?" "Who Do I Like?" then we would sit and hold our breath waiting for the ghost/evil spirits/hand of the Devil to move the message indicator. Of course, when it did we all would SWEAR we were not the ones pushing it.

Here is where I have a confession to make. I pushed the message indicator. There I said it! I have been keeping this secret for a very long time! I would make the indicator piece spell out R-E-X. I liked Rex R. back then. He was very cute and I didn't care WHO the Ouiga Board thought I should like or who liked me. I already knew the answer to that question!!

But you know what? I have a lot of unanswered questions in my life right now. Maybe I need the new Ouiga Board! The talking, glow in the dark one!!

"Should I work out today?"

The Ouiga Board says....."No, take the day off and rent a movie".



  • I pushed the message indicator, too.

    By Blogger mama_tulip, at 3/20/2006 7:30 AM  

  • Two years at an Open Concept school, too. Awful, awful, awful. Played Ouija, too, but not at school. Still waiting for the answers to all of my questions.

    By Blogger wordgirl, at 3/20/2006 7:34 AM  

  • I think EVERYONE pushed the message indicator just a little. Know I did.

    By Blogger The Queen Mama, at 3/20/2006 8:47 AM  

  • I pushed it too. Shhhh.....

    By Blogger Renee, at 3/20/2006 10:14 AM  

  • Never touched it. Mother said I'd go to hell just for looking at it :) heh. We did have a station wagon, though. And, we also ran around and went to the store down the street by ourselves and everything. Nowadays it's sad- I can't even let my boys go into the bathrooms by themselves at the Circle K. I take them into the ladies room with me!

    By Anonymous Sharla, at 3/20/2006 10:16 AM  

  • We didn't have a Magic 8 ball or a Ouija board. Had to rely on MASH to determine who I was going to marry and whether I was going to have 8 or 0.5 kids.

    By Blogger Mignon, at 3/20/2006 11:47 AM  

  • I was Magic 8 ball grrrl--and I still have one.

    Did not dare touch the Ouija board, that was for my big sis who liked to have "seances" and watch Dark Shadows.

    By Anonymous V-Grrrl, at 3/20/2006 12:59 PM  

  • I lOVED the Ouija board. Loved it. I never moved it, because I was just absolutely certain that I was harnessing the powers of darkness. At night we used to put the board in the hallway, as neither my sister nor I wanted it in our rooms while we slept. And uh, this was actually in high school, so me =geek, apparently.

    By Anonymous Jess, at 3/20/2006 1:51 PM  

  • I was never allowed to play (see strict fundamentalist upbringing) and to this day, I have never played.

    I like the idea of moving the cursor as a form of rationalization though, it's pretty much what I do in my head anyway.

    By Anonymous TB, at 3/20/2006 2:39 PM  

  • It seems all my blogging friends were either cheating like me or raised by the Amish and never allowed to lay eyes on the game.

    Mignon - MASH??? Explain yourself.

    By Blogger DebbieDoesLife, at 3/20/2006 2:55 PM  

  • Oh my gosh! I was TERRIFIED of the Ouija board! The devil made it move ya know and cheater friends like you moving the message indicator just petrified me further....IT MOVED and only The DEVIL can make it move so that means the devil is here among us!! AAAUUUGGHHHH!!!! I would then become mysteriously "ill" and have to leave the sleep over and go home.....cuz Ouiji was a sleepover game in my town. Simply put.....I was a big ol' chicken!! I wasn't gonna sleep with the devil himself present...ah, hell no!!!

    I remember the best seat in the car was standing up between my mom'n dad in the front seat with nothing but my mom's flying arm to save me from eating the windshild. Did your mom have that flying arm thing going on? My mom still does it when we come to a quick stop.....BAM!! Lightning fast reflexes on that women.

    I did the Open concept class thing too. Bad idea. I feel for all the undiagnosed ADD students at the time. They must have been so distracted that they never learned a dang thing.

    By Anonymous Carol, at 3/20/2006 5:48 PM  

  • But did you play Light As a Feather/Stiff As a Board? ;)

    By Blogger Brooke, at 3/20/2006 11:16 PM  

  • Tink: Tsk tsk. You pushed the indicator? I never... Well actually I did. It always told me I was going to be rich too. *Sigh*

    Brooke, I loved that game! We used to do "Bloody Mary" in the mirror too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/21/2006 7:37 AM  

  • Ask it what movie!!!

    Mignon--I LOVED MASH. I'm sensing a B-List drinking game in the works...

    By Blogger Arabella, at 3/21/2006 7:44 AM  

  • LOL I saw you move that indicator! Some friends & I used it when I was around 16 years old. We asked it questions about my dead relatives, when it answered, I went & asked my mom & she said the answers were true. The shit was so real & scary when 1 'spirit' told me to throw the game away, that's exactly what I did. It was moving so fast & saying so many unexpected things, there was no way anybody was moving. Unless you were there. Were you? heehee

    By Blogger jane, at 3/21/2006 9:27 AM  

  • Deb - MASH is kid-speak for Mansion Apartment Shack House. You draw a square and around it you write 4 things in several categories, like Who You'll Marry, What Town You'll Live In, What You'll Drive, How Many Kids You'll Have, etc., then by a complicated formula, you count each item, gradually crossing off each one until your destiny is determined. Boy, that sounded complicated. What rocket scientist kid thought that up anyway??

    Arabella, Yes! And I have another one involving numbers and whether you're compatible with your partner.

    By Blogger Mignon, at 3/22/2006 4:44 PM  

  • I am with Carol and V-grrl...the ouija board was evil and Satanic, we were not to touch that stuff. I lived in terror of the devil possesing my soul.

    I was (am) a yellow belly coward when it comes to scary/Satanic/ghostie things.

    Okay my word verification is oajgeou...freaky?

    By Blogger Ditsy Chick, at 3/23/2006 10:36 PM  

  • Ouiji boards are so cool but creepy my sister just now played with one , it said that a 71 year old lady was there moveing the indacator and they asked what her name was and it said RD i was creeped out on how it never spelled out any words correctly

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/01/2007 12:28 AM  

  • Wow, that is pretty scary stuff! I always thought that that stuff was fake, phsychological, or something like that, or i was at least neutral. Now I am starting to think that ouiga boards are real and demons and angels and God are real as well. Spooky stuff. And my best friend telling me about her own experience and videos and things she has seen really does a lot to back that theory up. :( O_O

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/24/2007 8:10 PM  

  • a friend of mine and i played with an ouija board on halloween night a few nights ago and the results surprised us! the triangle started to move and we both looked at each other trying to decide if the other was moving it. so we tested it. i asked it a question she didnt know the answer to and she asked it a question i didnt know the answer to and the board answered correctly both times! we then found that we were communicating with her mother and my uncle, and another seperate entity whose name i couldnt decipher, who said he was the original owner of the building that i live in. we asked it questions for several hours, we were drawn in and mesmerized. the thing is, she was freaked out. but i was perfectly at ease. almost peaceful. so i feel that the spirits we were communicating with were not hostile and meant us no harm. i fell asleep easily afterwards with the board in the other room and it never bothered me. just thought i would share this, it was an interesting experience for me. by the way, i am 28 years old and it is the first time i had ever laid eyes on such a board, as i, too, was raised by strict, fundamentalist parents.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/02/2007 3:40 AM  

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