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Guest blogger Karyn Bryant: A couple of weeks ago I fulfilled a lifelong fantasy: I joined a rock band and started sleeping with the drummer.

Woman playing Rock Band

OK. I lied. Truth is, I got the game Rock Band this past Christmas, but like a real rock-n-roller, I think I have an addiction problem. I want to play all night, every night.

Let's imagine I've had a hell of a day with the kid: while a vodka tonic or two is a nice option, sometimes I just get on the mic and tear through the Beastie Boys' "So Watcha Want." I'm freakin' awesome on that song, and gratification of blowing away the crowd buoys my spirits like spirits usually do. Without the empty calories.

Besides being ridiculously fun, I also think of Rock Band as a couples therapy tool. If you start a band with your significant other, you'll have to work together to conquer the world, one crappy nightclub at a time. I've found that if they can score 99% while drumming "Eye Of The Tiger," (every guy's first-choice song) you might actually forget you were peeved at him as you get stupid with high-fives. And since we're being honest, shouldn't we admit that there could be more high-fiving going on in your house?

In the last few weeks I've come to another conclusion as well: Rock Band is not merely a game. It's the most ingenious and sneaky time-travel device ever. When you turn it on, at least two hours of your life will go missing instantly. As a mom, real life and real responsibilities beckon, so I don't get as much time on stage as I'd like. But when I rock the mic, I rock the mic right, baby!!

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Anonymous January 22, 2009, 4:02 PM


Anonymous January 22, 2009, 4:03 PM

yeah we are addicted to a couple wii games and totally high five eachother…

Anonymous January 22, 2009, 6:46 PM

I can completely relate! My husband and I often play Rockband a few hours at a time. It’s a great way to alleviate stress.

ak mom January 22, 2009, 7:45 PM

I like the sports games on the Wii …. They’re a great way to decompress from a stressful day and bring the family together.

Anonymous January 23, 2009, 12:43 AM

Gotta say, we like Guitar Hero more! Definitely addicting though AND fun.

Anonymous January 23, 2009, 8:22 AM

wii tennis is the best! i always kick my husbands butt at that!

Olejiheq June 28, 2009, 10:11 AM

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