MASH: Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House

As I look back and reminisce about the countless hours that I spent as a little girl counting, filling in categories and figuring out who I was going to marry, what I’d drive and what my dream job was, never did I think that I’d be driving a Monte Carlo, living in West Des Moines and working as the Director of Communication and Marketing at local non-profit. But thanks to the game MASH, I’ve had some rather interesting predictions over the years. And quite honestly, I’m happy that some of them didn’t come true!

For starters, the game MASH originated in the 80’s (I’m assuming on this one, simply because most awesome things come from the 80’s) and the acronym MASH stands for: Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House (that one I didn’t make up). In case it’s been a while since your last MASH adventure, or you have no idea what I’m talking about (shame on you) here’s how to play:

1) Find a friend (I know, seems harder than it should be). You have to play with a friend, otherwise you’ll catch yourself cheating (no matter who you are) to get a better husband, car, job, ect.

2) Write down the names of different categories that you’d like to base your prediction on: career, number of children, husband/wife, ect. After you’ve written down the categories, write down 2 choices under each category that you’d like and your friend gets to fill in a third (their choice is usually funny/screws you over in some way). If you’d like to add more than 3 choices, go ahead! Example: Car – 1) BMW 2) Hummer 3) Short Bus.

3) Draw a spiral on a piece of paper. The person whose fortune is being predicted will get to say stop, and the drawer will stop drawing the spiral. Then, count across the spiral and you’ll have the “magic number” for the game. Note: It’s not funny, even though you think it is, to make your friend draw a super-huge, anaconda-esk spiral.

4) Now that you have your list all set up, count down the list using the “magic number” and cross off any choice that you land on. The last choice left in each category is your prediction – simple as that!

Thanks to my most recent run in with MASH, via my roommates ipod touch, (download it on your ipod) here’s what the future has in store for me…apparently:

“You will graduate from DMACC, you will major in Graphic Design, marry Ryan Reynolds, you will get married at 25, get married on a Beach, spend your honeymoon in Barbados, settle down in Milwaukee, and live in a Mansion. You will have 4 kids (1 boys and 3 girls), have a pet Westie named Meatball, get around in a Pink Hummer, spend your days as a Graphic Designer, make $5,000-$10,000 per year. Your spouse will be a Doctor, make $200,000-$300,000 per year, drive a School Bus, and you will live happily ever after. The End!”

If you’re not into the old school way of doing things, you can also play MASH online.

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