Yesterday I mentioned cooties in my little story. I don't really know what cooties are, only that they are bugs that you catch from girls, hobos, the kid down the block with the dirty fingernails, and just about any undesirable. At least that is what I believed when I was a kid. Cooties was also a game that was popular back in the nineteen fifties. It was a game that consisted of a bunch of colorful plastic bug parts that I distinctly remember playing up in my sister's bedroom. The object was that you threw the die (singular for dice) and the number that came up allowed you to acquire the body part assigned to that number. Then you threw the die again and that told you which part you could connect to the cootie body. It seems like I enjoyed it very much when I was just a little kid, but reading the rules to the game now make me wonder if I wasn't just a little "twisted in the brain" (my mom's words, not mine). Anyway, I don't think we played the game the way it was intended more than a couple of times before we decided it was more fun to create cootie Frankensteins by sticking body parts where they didn't belong. As for getting cooties from girls, I still believe that could be true.