New Thing #310: Starting From Scratch

Kev_DrawSomeFor the past year-plus - I'm not even sure how long this extends back to - my friend Kevin and I have had the best 'Draw Something' streak in the world. We were at 287 straight drawings guessed.

I'm pretty sure it was from the very beginning of the game - we just started playing and never got any of our drawings wrong.

Until Saturday.

And you're looking at the problem.

I'm not going to tell you what that drawing is yet. See if you can guess it. I bet you can't.

It's Kevin's drawing. I'm not telling you because I blame him. It's not a great drawing of what it's supposed to be, that's for sure.

But I've had a few of those myself during our streak and he's been able to figure out what I had drawn. So there's no excuse on my part.

I don't know if you play the game at all, but for me at least, sometimes it's hard to get psyched up for your turn. It feels more like a burden when you get the notification that you're up. And you slap something together and hope that the streak continues. I know I've done that on more than one occasion.

But that's what I like about the game too. Because even the most abstract drawing, with just one key characteristic, can give itself away to your playing partner. It's a great sociological experiment, really.

OK. Back to the drawing at hand.

It looks evil. So automatically I went with something devil-like. And I could not for the life of me figure it out. My mind was on evil, and then I worked in the S.S. and I was trying to think of anything that would work. I came up with nothing.

Turns out it was supposed to be Elmo.

A couple of important pieces were missing from this Elmo - first of all, his eyes were in the wrong place. And there was no nose. Even a "Hi, Hi!" would have helped. (The green and yellow "S.S." is a better clue than I realized…but it wasn't enough. Kevin says he regrets not putting "Tickle Me" in there. That certainly would have helped.)

I've drawn Elmo for many a Draw Something game. I have to say that I could have done better. I have done better. I know I've drawn Elmo in games with my wife…maybe even in one of the 287 previous drawings for Kevin. I put an image of how I might have drawn Elmo below. I know it's not perfect, but it captures what separates Elmo from a devil image.

But, in fairness…I have three children. I've seen a lot of Elmo. Kevin hasn't.