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Monday, October 24, 2011

An Open Letter to "Parker Brothers":

To the makers of "Scattergories",

I am hoping you can help me.  I need a new timer for our game.

I recently brought Scattergories on a "girl's weekend."  Yes, a good time was had by all.  However, I left the game in my car overnight.

This morning, I ran errands and heard an ongoing "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick..." Unsure what it was or whether or not a bomb had been planted in my car by another angry mother at school, I pulled over.  I discovered it was the timer in your game.  Apparently, the mild jolt of the car caused the timer to depress and start "timing."  So I gently pushed the timer to stop, got back in the car and went on my way.

As I continued on my morning errands I hit a little bump in the road.  Again..."tick, tick, tick, tick, tick..." I aimed for another bump thinking if I just jostled the game in the car it would stop.  It did.

Then I turned the corner.  Again "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick..."

I swerved.  Nothing.  I slammed on the brakes.  Nothing.  I hit a large pothole that might cost me a new muffler.  "tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick....."

It wouldn't stop.  It must have gone into "crunch timer mode" because the ticking got faster and more urgent.  Then finally it stopped.

Then I turned another corner.  10 minutes later I pulled into my driveway I went to the back of my car.  I pulled out the timer.  I carefully placed it under the rear wheel of my car and drove over it.

I would be most grateful if you could please send me a new timer for our game.  I'll pay for the muffler.


Sarah Maizes

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