You know what a mini game is right? It's usually a quick game, inside a bigger video game... Something to keep you busy before the final boss or main story. In real life, we put little personal challenges on ourselves due to boredom or to test your dexterity or mental prowess. Have you ever tried to throw a ball of paper in the trashcan from across the room? That's a real life mini-game.

Maybe some of these so-called "mini-games" began because of a silly childhood superstition that you never let go of. Do you still hold your breath when driving by a cemetery, or scramble to be touching a screw before going over a railroad?

Looking closer, games really do put a mirror up to real life. In your day to day activities, you have long drawn out activities, and more mundane smaller tasks that make up your day. Here we dive down into the minutia of life in East Texas, and what it takes to navigate that game called "life" in our part of Texas.

  • 1

    Not Being Seen In The Mall

    Head down, eyes on your laces.

    "If you don't see them, they don't see you" is the only way to play.

    If you never look up, you don't have to know if you have lost. Another way to play this one is creeping around corners. Staying out of sight, instead of ignoring.

    If you get spotted, you lose. So not a lot of room for error.

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    Number 2 In The Workplace

    A well placed cough could go a long way to successfully navigating this game at work. Unless you keep a handful of change in your pocket. Those are some of the go to moves for making a rucks on the throne in earshot of your co-workers. Just don't forget the air freshener. If someone says "OMG what died in there" at any point, and you overhear it, you lose.

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    Picking Up A Pecan

    Growing up in East Texas there is food just lying about. When it's time to pick up all the pecans off the ground, you can use a pecan picker, or a grabber. Picking up as many pecans as possible without bending over is the object of the game. You could even slide off your flip-flop and try to get the most with your bare feet. Just use those toes to grab them up and sling them into the bucket. This one is a numbers game, so it's easy to keep score and advance to the next level, stepping on gumballs and acorns in bare feet.

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    Picking A Lane To Drive In

    What are you going to do?

    Log Truck is in the fast lane, 1996 Ford Ranger pickup in the slow lane. It's a gamble, and everyone behind you is making their decisions. If any of the cars that you used to be in front of pass you after making their decision of the other lane, you lose. So be in front, and choose wisely.

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    Picking A Line At The Grocery Store

    This decision will determine your destiny. I got in the wrong line at a store recently, and watched people that had gotten in another line well after me, leave the store. It's happened to all of us, you just have to know the warning signs. Anyone older than you at the register or in line in front of you is a no go. Learn what to look for, coupons, people that are going to buy cigarettes, or heaven forbid paying with a check, just avoid them and put a mark in the win column.

    Pecans with and without shells (The background)