Never Have I Ever…

Never Have I Ever…

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever My wife recently pointed out this game to me in a Target. It’s a card-based takeoff of the drinking game we used to play as colleges kids. While the scoring of a card game is somewhat a mystery (we didn’t buy it), the gist is simple enough.

A player’s turn begins with a statement. “Never have I ever…” and they add some action or activity they’ve never done. Other players must either refrain from drinking or take a drink. If they’ve not, then they’re safe. Fellow players can call them out, though, if they think they’re lying.

An example might go, “Never have I ever gone skinny dipping.” If the other players have been skinny dipping, they must drink. If not, well, then their sobriety remains unmolested. It’s a simple, fun, and effective way of getting to know people. But on a deeper level, it’s also a pathway to understanding one’s boundaries, one’s limitations, and one’s experience.

Last night, after posting the link to this site, I found myself dreaming about “Never Have I Ever.” When I awoke this morning, I realized I could craft my own list of “nevers” that I’ll have to tic off, should I succeed in hiking the Inca Trail. I would imagine some of these will become the stuff of later entries.


  • Hiked above 8,000 feet
  • Camped for more than two nights in a row
  • Traveled outside the northern hemisphere
  • Traveled outside of North America, for that matter
  • Spoken to someone through a translator
  • Learned Spanish

There are others, I’m sure. But that’s a start. It’s such a start, in fact, that I’m making it a category. As I check off boxes, I’ll write about the experience.

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