Hello, everyone, and welcome to another installment of everyone’s favorite game show, Try Not To Set Your Car On Fire! As always, we would love to welcome some returning champions to the stage, but despite the fact that we make this game very easy to play, people keep doing the one thing that the name of the game tells you not to do. So let’s try not to have any of that this week, right? Let’s just try. Just once.
As always, the rules of the game are very simple. Your car is full of something. We are going to clean in out of your car if you just… leave your car alone. You don’t have to set it on fire. We are providing you with fire, but again, to be perfectly clear, your car is going to be cleaned out if you just do not set it on fire. That’s all you have to do. Your car has been filled with one of the following:
- All of the above
- Books by J. K. Rowling
- DVD box sets of Glee
- The last text you sent that you were kind of ashamed of sending
- Used napkins
And… that’s it! Again, it’s a very simple game. Just… stand by your car for an hour without setting it on fire, and you win the game, and you would be the first one who ever did. History has its eyes on you in the comments of What Are You Playing. Really, really simple. Please, let’s not lose this game. Please. Please.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite comfort dinner you make at home? No eating out, but just your most comforting little homemade meal?
Man, I haven’t done it in ages, but stuffed chicken in beer. Get a small chicken (that was easy in Japan), stuff it with rice root veggies and/or tubers, salt the outside a bit, maybe add a bit more rice into the crock pot, use beer instead of water to cook, maybe add a dash of citrus squeezed over the whole thing. Damn, those were the days. Or day-old oden with udon. That stuff’s always better the second day in my opinion.
As far as comfort food goes, probably chili in the winter. My adult kids still ask me if we’re making “football chili,” a term I coined when they were younger and I had a propensity to prepare it on Sundays during American football season.
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I am not sure what I’ll be doing this weekend. Probably City of Heroes, but I’m also thinking about hopping into No Man’s Sky this weekend. We’ll see what I wind up having time for.
Does ice cream count as dinner?
Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The Outlaws update to No Man’s Sky appears to be right up my alley, so I’ll be driving in to that for the most part, but I also have monsters to bonk in Dauntless and Monster Hunter Rise and a random need to return to Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.
This is probably pretty typical, but nothing comforts quite like a thick, hearty stew. I tend to make them less brothy, so the meats and veggies are effectively drowning in a rich gravy. So nice.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Got some Final Fantasy XIV to play, because if you hadn’t heard there was a new patch this week. (That feels like a month ago and it’s been four days.) Also another review project fell into my lap, so that’s on the agenda as well. And cat time. Cat time is important.
Here’s the thing. When it comes to a dinner, I think very little is comforting as a nice warm shepherd’s pie (with peas and corn if possible), but I also think one of the most comforting things you can do for another person is wake up early, scramble some eggs, and just offer them up as a spontaneous gift in the morning. So I’m splitting the difference with my answer.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is my go-to comfort meal that makes me feel better when I have had a bad day.
Sam Kash (@thesamkash): Things keep coming up and interrupting my attempts to get onto Guild Wars 2’s expansion. Mostly because I’m watching too many TV shows right now. There’s a chance I play some but even then I might just do SAB.
Bonus: Maybe Tikka masala. Although I do enjoy being lazy, slicing up a watermelon, and just eating the whole damn thing.