On Taunting

Monday, January 4, 2010
By Louis Magnifico
Char and Louis at one of their Vintage gigs

Char and Louis at one of their Vintage gigs

If you’ve read The Traveling Twosome blog any length of time, you’ve certainly come across plenty of posts, comments, and videos of Char and I taunting each other.  This is especially prevalent in our Competition posts and our comments to them.  But our taunting is obviously not just your typical “trash talking” – there is a humor to it all… and it’s impossible to miss that we are a loving couple having FUN.

We’ve received emails and comments from our readers who enjoy our bantering back and forth and delight in seeing a couple be able to play with one another the way we do.  In recent weeks, we’ve even had readers fan the flames of our competitive natures by recommending various competitions and challenges for us to bring upon each other… which, of course, led to more good natured taunting.

Char taunts Louis after a pool victory

Char taunts Louis after a pool victory

Truth be told, Char and I are best friends.  We absolutely love playing with each other, challenging each other, teasing and taunting each other, etc.  We truly feel like we are 17 years old inside and I’m sure we always will feel this way.

When we started this blog, it began as a place to showcase our hilarious journeys around this land – sort of a couple’s own personal Roadside America.  We were going to write posts and take pics of amusing oddities around the nation.  This concept immediately expanded to also include our day to day junkets around our home town.  From trips to fairs to trips to the mall, our day to day life is always filled with laughter and hilarity so why not share this as well, we thought.  But then what about the place where most of our fun takes place – at home.  Hence, the When At Home section.  The fun we have at home couldn’t be contained in one category so we quickly broke off a major subsection:  Competitions.  From playing pool to competing at Wii Sports, this section quickly attracted many new readers to our blog and got you all interacting with us via blog post comments.  One common theme stuck out:   readers loved seeing Char and I challenge and taunt one another, knowing it was all in love.

Char and Louis during a Wii Sports competition

Char and Louis during a Wii Sports competition

We do have a great time with it all.  We are both alike in so many ways!  As best friends, we are truly competitive and also have most of the same passions in life (e.g. playing in our band, Vintage).  One of the things we enjoy most about our marriage is our playfulness with each other.  So often, Char and I run across couples who “hardly know each other.” We believe the best remedy for this social problem is that couples need to find activities and passions they can do together… and do them.  And may we suggest, don’t just do them but do them passionately.  Compete with each other, bring out the best in each other, challenge each other, laugh at and with each other.   Be best friends.  When a couple chooses to have separatation of passions and not be best friends, why are they surprised when intimacy is difficult to achieve?

Another fun consideration for couples who need to throw in some excitement is to do things that one partner has never done before – or do things that both have never done before and laugh at and with each other as you discover a  new activity together.  For example, Char was recently challenged to face off against me in an old school game:  paper football.  She has never really played before.  I, on the other hand, played hours every day as a school kid.  And during all my years of playing,  I’ve never lost a single game – ever.  It’s been years since I’ve played but I know I still have all my skills.  So even though Char won’t stand a chance against me at this competition (hehehe), we are going to have a great time playing!  And I’ll have a great time writing (and taunting her) about it.

Char challenges Louis to arm wrestling - post coming Jan 29, 2010

Char challenges Louis to arm wrestling - post coming Jan 29, 2010

Speaking of taunting, Char gets her turn as much as I do.  On this past New Year’s Eve, we played Air Hockey.

CLICK HERE to watch a video clip of how it went down

(2 MB MP4 file playable in Quicktime, iTunes, VLC, and any browser with Quicktime support)

(Hint:  It wasn’t good for me).  And what about her infamous “you got beat by a girl” tirade after a recent pool competition…

Or, who can forget the Wii Sports Resort Power Cruising Championship.  Char was just terrible at the game.  Terrible.  I was winning – and winning big each time.  It was so funny watching her try, however, that we posted three videos of her attempts on a blog post.

Watch as Louis tries to show Char how to Jet Ski – part 1 (7 MB MP4)

Watch as Louis tries to show Char how to Jet Ski – part 2 (5.5 MB MP4)

Watch as Louis tries to show Char how to Jet Ski – part 3 (8 MB MP4)

But not one to give up easily, she wanted to try again a few days later.  Once again, she kept losing – and losing big.  I told her, “One last time, and then we’ll move on to the next game.  Ok, so for the Jet Ski championship…”  Wouldn’t you know it?  She beat me on that one and thus far, has yet to give me a rematch! 

CLICK HERE to watch our reactions as the winner of the Power Cruising championship was announced. (1.2 MB MP4 file)

I’m sure we’ll be having competitive and taunting laughs for years and years to come.  And I’m sure our readers will keep throwing challenge and competition ideas at us as well (most of which we will get to and blog about).  I know our next big one is the reader requested Arm Wrestling Challenge which we will hold on January 29th.  I look forward to taunting Char after she goes down in this event.  I know Char will be a good sport about it!  🙂  And I know that we’ll have a blast doing it together and laughing about our lives.  As Char’s life motto says… Live, Love, and Laugh.

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24 Responses to “On Taunting”

  1. BamaFan

    I wonder if he’ll still enjoy being taunted when he loses the arm wrestling match? hehe I still want to see the boxing but I’ll take arm wrestling.

    #350
  2. Hmmmm – I’m up by two in the polls as of right now….

    #351
  3. Becky

    I love the pictures! So funny!

    #352
  4. ARGH!!!!! My peoples!!!! My peoples!!! You are disappointing me!!!!! HE CAN NOT WIN THE POLL!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *runs off whining and sniffling like a 4 yo who didn’t get her way* LOL Sweetheart, honey, they are only throwing you a bone because they are feeling sorry for you! *grin*

    #353
  5. Ahhhhh – see people, Char’s last comment is representative of the kind of behavior we can expect to see from her when she loses the upcoming challenge. So BamaFan, I don’t think I have to worry about whether or not I’ll still enjoy her taunting if I were to lose this one… I’m more concerned about all you people who will have to see the “whining and sniffling” when she loses the challenge. Jan 29 can’t come soon enough…

    Um, I love you, Char! 😉

    #354
  6. Kathy Simms

    Great attitude! You look like you have a lot of fun. You make me want to go buy a Wii. Have fun arm wrestling I think Char is gonna win.

    #356
  7. Kathy, you are right – we have an ABSOLUTE BLAST all the time! Being married to your best friend is wonderful!

    Now… where I disagree with you… WHY ON EARTH would you think that Char is going to win???

    #357
  8. Kathy Simms

    Just a hunch! I think she’ll win easily! 😉

    #391
  9. To use Char’s expression, there will be quite a bit of crow being served up after the 29th, I’m afraid. And Char will get the first taste…

    Um, I love you, sweetheart! 😉

    #392
  10. Honey, I shall slow roast yours to be sure each bite is nice and tender for you…. *grin* Marinated crow served on a bed of lettuce. Sound good, darling? *heh heh heh*

    I ain’t a’scared a you!

    #393
  11. Samantha

    Don’t feel bad, I can’t get the hang of that power cruising game on Wii sports either. At least you got him that last time. haha Keep posting the wii videos!

    #394
  12. Yeah, Char, when do I get a chance at Power Cruising again? Your peeps want to see more videos and I need to win that one back! Tonight maybe?

    #395
  13. Peter

    SO who won the arm wrestling?

    #405
  14. Um, a wee impatient are we? 🙂 If you read in the post (and in the comments), you’ll see that this event is scheduled to take place on January 29th. So we’re 17 days away right now…

    But if you want to know who is GOING to win the arm wrestling – well that’s easy: Me. And I’m looking forward to posting the narrative and video about it once it’s done…

    #406
  15. Peter

    Are you going to show it live or just show video clips when it’s done?

    #442
  16. Peter,

    First, nice-to-meetchya! *smile*

    Second: Don’t let Louis fool you…… I win at nearly everything we challenge one another to. LOL

    Third: Live? LIVE? ROFLOL We have talked about doing a radio or TV show. Maybe if there is enough interest we’ll be picked up in the future. LOL This will be video….. but I believe you will enjoy it just as much. *smirk*

    Until then…VOTE FOR ME! Just cuz you can…… *grin*

    #446
  17. First, don’t let Char fool you. As of right now, she won’t even give me my much deserved rematch at Wii Power Cruising. I won about 1000 in a row. She wins the last one. And she walks around saying she is the champ at that???!!! As for Pool, I’m currently up 3 games to 1 in a Best of 7 series that we “paused” while right in the midst of playing. Perhaps Char is scared to continue? I’m ready when you are, sweetheart! lol 😉

    As for the arm wrestling – don’t worry – you’ll get unedited footage of the whole competition.

    Oh, and I won’t try to buy your vote, either. Vote for who you think will win.

    Have fun! Keep reading!

    #447
  18. Valerie

    ROFL Paper Football! I use to play that game. I don’t believe you never lost at it though. It’s too much a game of luck to win every time. Char, play him at it and beat him so he won’t be able to keep saying that without you busting him.

    #457
  19. It’s true – never lost. And it’s a skill game, not luck.

    Char – go ahead and play me so I can write about it. Hmmmm – maybe tonight we’ll do the trilling R post, finish the pool match, play paper football, and do a rematch on the Power Cruising game on Wii Sports Resort. You up for the challenge?

    #458
  20. Valerie

    Did she play you? I haven’t seen a new update on Traveling Twosome!

    #472
  21. No – she didn’t play me yet. She will. I’ll make sure of that! 🙂 Not just Paper Football but Power Cruising as well! When we do, we’ll be sure to post!

    #473
  22. Oh, don’t worry Valerie. You see, Louis has finally met his match! I refuse to let him win!! And, the rare occasion that he does win, I become MORE competitive and always playing until he finally loses! Then I walk away laughing….taunting him by sing-songing to him “You got beat by a gi-irl. You got beat by your wi-ife” *wink* It’s how I roll!!! LOL

    #476
  23. Oh, I nearly forgot about paper football!!! BRING IT ON, my darling!!!! BRING IT ON!!!! Tonight, dining room table, after the kids go to sleep. YOU ARE MINE!!!

    #477
  24. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! TONIGHT! PAPER FOOTBALL!!!!!

    #478

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