The Veto Game

I’m sure we’ve all been there: You’re out with a friend, or group of people, and you decide to stop to get something to eat. The problem? Nobody is making any suggestions on where to eat. Or maybe you’re with that one friend who keeps saying “I can eat anywhere, whatever you want!” And then has some reason why she can’t eat at every restaurant you suggest. This used to be a huge problem when I was out with my Mom and sisters. We’d all agree to going to eat, and then waste forever trying to come up with where.

Enter, The Veto Game.

The veto game is a little game we started playing whenever we were going out to eat. The game works best for us when we start off with a restaurant where no one wants to eat. Usually we start the game with White Castle. No offense to the Castle, but you have to be in the right mood for a slider. Plus, your stomach will likely remind you for days why that was a bad idea.

Once the first restaurant is named, anyone can veto. HOWEVER, if you veto, you have to name a new place. You don’t have to give a reason for why you’re vetoing. Maybe you don’t like the food. Or maybe the place named costs more than you’re looking to spend. Doesn’t matter why, so long as you name a new place. Typically our games last less than a minute before we find ourselves just sitting in silence, staring at each other. If no one can come up with a veto, that’s where we’re headed.

I’ll admit, there have been times the game has ended where we were less than excited about the choice. And once we did end up at White Castle. But, hey, if no one cared enough to find a replacement, then no one really cared. And at least we didn’t waste a bunch of time trying to decide.

So, the next time you’re out with an indecisive group, try the veto game. It’s a lot more fun than the usual “I don’t know” game, and usually takes way less time.

– Cindy W.

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