How to Play True American

1…2…3…JFK FDR!

New Girl fans know this means someone is about to embark on a quest to play the bewildering, intricate game that is True American. The characters play it on the show multiple times but never divulge the rules and even the most avid watcher would have a tough time deciphering what they are. There are a multitude of guides online but their misguided attempts always end in disjointed drunkenness (in a bad way). Lucky for you I’ve found the definitive guide so read on if you want your game of True American to end in disjointed drunkenness (in a good way).

What You Need

-1 table

-4 beers per player

-1 bottle of liquor

-1 Funky playlist with a disproportionate amount of the Black Eyed Peas

-Furniture you can stand on


Arrange your furniture in a circle with at least ten spaces (each cushion counts as one). Place the table with everyone’s drinks on it in the center of the circle. Once the game begins the floor turns into lava and contestants are no longer able to step there without incurring a penalty of one shot.

How to Start

Every game of True American begins with the national anthem. Players stand at attention and the first person to laugh or talk must take one shot. After everyone has paid their respects to this great country, players gather in a circle for shot tip off. During shot tip off each person places one finger gun at their side, raising it on the count of three and aiming at whoever they want to drink. The person with the most guns pointed towards them takes a shot. Repeat 5 times (or as many as needed depending on your tolerance).

How to Play

After shot tip off each player grabs one drink and jumps to a space. The floor has officially turned to lava and it is mandatory to be holding a drink at all times for the remainder of the game. On their turn, player’s rotate asking questions to the group and the first person to answer correctly moves forward a spot. Here are the three types of questions:

1. You may ask a trivia question in any of the following categories; Disney, Lord of the Rings, New Girl, or American History. The first player to answer correctly moves forward.

2. Start a famous quote (historical or pop culture) or sing a few song lyrics. The first person to correctly finish the lines moves forward.

3. If you can’t think of anything else just shout 1…2…3 JFK FDR! Players place a number between 1 & 5 on their forehead and if no one else has your number you move forward.

When it’s their turn each player acts as judge and the final call on who answered first is up to them. In the event of a tie those contestants must play rock, paper, scissors shot to decide the winner. They are momentarily allowed to step in the lava in order to follow procedure. The two participants stand back to back, take five paces, and then play. The winner moves forward a spot, the loser takes a shot. Either player in the tie may relinquish the spot to the other if they are unwilling or unable to play rock, paper, scissors, shot.

How to Win

Once a player drinks all four beers and completes the entire circle, landing on their original spot, they must take one final shot to win. Pace yourself. Remember that you must finish all four beers BEFORE arriving at your original spot. If a player reaches their original spot without having finished their drinks they must take a shot and move backwards two spaces.

Bathroom Rules

If a contestant needs to use the restroom during the game they may step in the lava to do so but only after answering a riddle decided upon by the rest of the group. Conversely players may also take off either their shirt or pants for the remainder of the game.


As you can probably tell True American includes a fair amount of drinking. Tailor the rules to your tolerance so you don’t end up with broken, vomit covered furniture. Every so often one player will encounter a stretch of bad luck and have to take more shots than they can handle. If this is the case any contestant can “volunteer as tribute” and take the shot instead. Placing three fingers to your lips and humming the mockingjay tune is encouraged but not required.


One of the most important aspects of True American is that it is a democracy. Any rule can be added, changed, or thrown out if a majority of the group wishes. If you would like to change a rule simply wait until your turn then make a motion to do so. This allows you to personalize each game for your audience. It’s also where some of the zanier rules you see in the show are created.


I did not create this guide. Like so many immigrants before me, I was lost and alone in my quest for the rules to True American. The founding fathers Michael Melugin, Sam Waldorf, and Andy Mikkola took me in with open arms and introduced me to their version of the game. As you’ve probably noticed there are elements from the show that are missing. This is on purpose. I’ve provided the structure that will get you started (and drunk) but it’s up to you to personalize your game. Remember the democratic process and implement new, crazy rules that are unique to your audience. Have fun and play responsibly 😉


By Joshua Harper


10 Reasons Every Woman from a Mountain Town Needs a Dog

10. They are a daily reminder to practice your Downward Dog.


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9. A bed full of dogs is warmer and better insulated than your 0-degree, down sleeping bag.


8. They are a great buddy to enjoy the views with.

And they won’t complain that you are hiking too fast or their feet are cold.

Taking in views with the dog

7. You will never need to carry a bottle opener to a bonfire again.

Dog as bottle opener

6. They are a better judge of character than you.

Living in a mountain town, we know there is a high ratio of dirtbag males. You need a little extra help selecting a mate. Let your dog help you.


5. Their unfettered joy bounding around in the snow is contagious.


4. Ditto for their love of playing in the leaves.

Dogs will help you enjoy every season, the more we think about it.


3. Dogs, trucks, and mountains belong together.

They form a perfect trinity with you in the middle.

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2. They can smell the funk in your hiking boots before you do.

Hint: when the dog is really interested in your hiking boots, it is a sure sign that your entire apartment smells like a foot.


1. Because…love

dog love

Living in a mountain town, there are a lot of great dogs in need of a home. Here is a list of some of our favorite shelters where you can find your canine adventure buddy!

Bozeman, MT:                 Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter

Jackson, WY:                     Paws of Jackson Hole

Glenwood Springs, CO    Colorado Animal Rescue

Portland, OR                      Oregon Dog Rescue

Kanab, UT                          Best Friends Animal Society



10 Struggles Every College Senior Knows to Be True

By Katie Sears

It’s that time of year: College graduation. For three and half years all you’ve wanted to do is get as far away from campus and school-related responsibilities as possible;  now you’re crying yourself to sleep worried that the ‘real world’ might be a little bit too real for you. Staying focused in school while simultaneously trying to figure out the rest of your life seems damn near impossible, and no amount of ‘You can do it!’s from mom will help.

If it makes you feel any better, we’re all in the same rickety boat.

  1. Finding a job is a Catch 22.
    You’re trying to find a job so that you can make money, but you need money to get to the job. Moving out, storing your stuff, and finding a new place to live all require a significant amount of that you probably should have started saving as a freshman, but instead blew on BeatsByDre headphones and 3am Taco Bell runs.
  2.  Student loans have to be paid back. Like, now.
    Financial aid is great while you’re in school, but the day you graduate marks the day you will forever be indebted to the government and to your university.
  3. You realize you may never, ever see your college friends again.
    It seems like everyone you know is moving to a far-away state, country or continent. The friendships you’ve fostered over the last four years will abruptly end, and it’s one of the saddest things about being a senior.
  4. Senioritis.
    Imagine the senioritis you felt in high school and multiply it by ten million. Then add 40. I wouldn’t wish the last five weeks of senior semester on my worst enemy.
    living life
  5. Final Exams.I’m not just talking about the exams during finals week that cover the last semester; I’m talking about CapStone classes, major field tests and other exams that will likely determine the rest of your life, like the MCAT, PCAT and the bar exam. It’s even worse when the test costs money. I thought paying to take a test in a classroom was called tuition?
    hate everything
  1. Not being confident about your degree.
    That moment you realize you actually hate your degree and it’s not what you really want to do. And then the moment you realize you are really passionate about your degree and don’t want to work in any other field. The daily back-and-forth is exhausting.
  1. You have a lot of stuff. And only one car.
    While you’ve spent the last three years decorating your home to better resemble the one you left behind, you never really considered the massive amount of space these things take up. Combine that with the fact that you only have one car, and moving becomes a lot more daunting than it already was.
  2. Your dream job most likely won’t be your first job.
    You start accepting that your dream of changing the world and becoming one of Forbes’ 40 under 40 might have to wait a couple of years. Suddenly, just being an assistant doesn’t sound so bad if it means you’ll have a paycheck at the end of the month.
    pay day pickitup
  1. Time is running out.
    There are still a million things you haven’t done on campus/in town/ in your state and suddenly you want -no NEED- to do all of them, like that popular hike you passed up on because you were hungover or that weird restaurant that sells avocado-flavored ice cream. FOMO starts to seriously set in at this point.
  1. We see articles like this:
    Why Millenials Have a Tough Time Landing Jobs – CNBC
    Millenials Have Nothing to Celebrate When it Comes to Employment – Forbes
    40% of Unevmployed Workers are Millenials – MarketWatch

All. The. Time.

10 Ways to Make Kicking Your Own Ass Fun: The Runner’s Edition

“You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things.”
–Ken Kesey

Let’s face it. Interval training sucks; it’s hard to motivate yourself to do speed work, fartleks are just as hard to do as they are to pronounce, and track workouts haven’t gotten any less miserable since you were in high school rocking short shorts.

There is no denying that picking up the pace a bit will elevate your running. Mixing speed work and the occasional ass-kicking into your routine will improve your running form and teach your body to handle a bit of discomfort by running at faster speeds. In the end, these workouts are the ones that will improve your running more than anything else you will do this week.

While this list doesn’t eliminate 100% of the suckiness involved with getting out the door and giving yourself a dose of run-inflicted punishment, it does give you a few tips for making it more enjoyable. With the right combination of these ten tips, you might just have fun out there!

1.Begin With the End in Mind

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is a tough thing to do. Pinpointing exactly why you have decided to wreck yourself will motivate you to get out there and do some damage!

Are you having some trouble identifying your goals? There are a wealth of awesome coaching resources to help you identify reasonable goals such as appropriate distances, times and weekly mileage. The following coaches and athletes offer some of the best resources available on the web to help you identify your end goal and stick to it.

Jeff Galloway
Kara Goucher
Dr. Jack Daniels
Greg Mcmillan

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2.“It’s speed work, I’m supposed to run as hard as I can, right?”  Wrong.

Strive to give yourself a minor beating, not a complete stomping in your speed workouts. Don’t go all out, but try to find a level of discomfort that you can maintain. There are all kinds of really nerdy metrics that you can get into to determine the perfect level of discomfort such as VO2 max, heart rate, and other pace predictors.

I prefer to train a level that I call Awkward Encounter with an Ex. This is a level of exertion that you can tolerate for up to five minutes, but anything beyond that is sheer punishment. No one can feign happiness for an ex for more than five minutes, and you shouldn’t have to endure that level of discomfort in your speed workouts, either. So, find a pace you can tolerate for five minutes, rest for two minutes, and then get back out there and subject yourself to that level of pain repeatedly.

long distance running
Puking and passing out from running is not what we are going for, here.

3. Give Yourself Adequate Recovery Time

You can’t subject yourself to the thrashing of a speed workout without being a little forgiving to yourself. Give yourself up to five minutes of rest when running long-distance intervals, as explained in this Runner’s World article.

Poor little guy.

4.Do Your homework – Calculate predicted speeds

The speed workout requires a bit of preparation. While the Awkward Encounter with an Ex level of exertion is a good starting point, you might want to try to plan out this workout and figure out exactly how much you can endure. In the same way that all conversations with an ex aren’t equally awkward, all speed workouts aren’t equally as painful. So, plan out your workouts and calculate the size of spanking you want to give yourself.

Here are some great resources for planning out the pain doses:

Jen Mueller’s Workouts to Increase Speed
Runner’s World Pace Calculators
Runner’s Connect: Ultimate Training Plan to Crush Your PR

5.Train with Friends

You are running in circles around a track, you might as well recruit some of your faster friends to join you for some good old-fashioned punishment. You can admire their superior athleticism as they pull a bit further in front of you on every lap.

Building a community of inspirational runner friends is the secret to staying motivated, as explained in this Active Times article. Friends give you incentives to keep going, and not skip out on that last lap. There is even time to commiserate during the rest intervals as soon as you catch your breath. And, there is nothing like the cool down run with a group of friends when you can bask in the accomplishment that you all endured a solid, self-induced, ass-whooping together.

You bet. Just make sure you get in a few 800 meter intervals on the way.
You bet. Just make sure you get in a few 800 meter intervals on the way.

6. Don’t Skip Speed Workouts

Scientific fact: speed work becomes 4000 times harder to resume after a few skipped workouts. Ok, that number is slightly inflated, only because the perceived pain you feel after taking a few weeks off and then attempting a speed workout cannot be accurately measured or quantified by scientists.

If that isn’t enough fear-based motivation to get you out there, pick up the pace, and make a speed-work schooling part of your regular routine, here are a few tips to from our friends at The Active Times to keep you motivated to run all year round.

Yep. Still Practicing
Yep. Still Practicing.

7. Track your Progress and Embrace your Inner-nerd


Use excel spreadsheets, Iphone Apps, Garmin GPS watches, or whatever nerdy tool you need, but chart your workouts. After a few weeks, you will notice a difference and you could probably even chart it on a graph depending on your level of nerdiness. Speed workouts are only fun because you can quantify your improvements.

Warning: this practice is addicting and leads to annoying run achievement posts on popular social media sites.

Some of our favorite tools to really geek out with include:
Garmin Forerunner 15
Mio Fuse
Microsoft Excel

8.Make it a Game

Face it– you are more motivated by video games with vampires, emojis, and zombies than any inspirational quote anyone could ever tell you.

Here are some of the best apps out there for making your speed workout fun this week:

Zombies, Run! Go out there and spend thirty minutes getting chased by zombies and tell me you aren’t having fun.

Run your brains out.
Run your brains out.

Gym-Pact: Bet on your own success. Hold yourself accountable by giving yourself monetary incentives to work out. Sounds exciting.

9.Use Technology

The internet now is more omnipresent than air, so you should be take advantage of that technology while you are gasping for breath. We particularly like these three apps to keep you going:

Tabata Pro: Interval timers that are easy to set up and speaks to you when it’s time to rest or speed up.

Run Coach: Does all the things we’ve been discussing here, it gives you workout plans, tracks progress and even provides nutritional tips.

TempoRun: This app helps you sort your songs by tempo and then serves up songs that match the exertion level for that day’s run. Let’s categorize “Eye of the Tiger” as an 11, so make sure your play list doesn’t make you turn it up to 11 too often.

10.Remember- This is the Shortest Workout of the Week!

Speed work is short and sweet. The good news: you shouldn’t run for more than four miles at a high exertion level. Doesn’t that fact alone make you want to pick up the pace a bit?!

Parting Inspiration
Parting Inspiration

7 Low-Effort Recipes To Use Up All That Leftover Turkey!

Thanksgiving is almost here!  And there are all sorts of questions going through people’s heads as they get ready for the big day; “Where is Uncle Phil’s family going to sleep?”, “Who is bringing the pies?”, “What time do we need to start cooking the turkey?” and “What is our battle plan for Walmart on black Friday?”

These and 20 other questions are always flying around just a few days before the big T-day, but there’s one question nobody thinks about until they’re cleaning up from dinner on Thursday.  “What the heck are we going to do with all this left-over turkey?!?”

Well fear no more, here are 7 great low-effort recipes to help you get rid of all that left-over turkey after the big day!  Some of these recipes are our own inventions, and some are ones we’ve found on the internet and sort of adopted.  But they’re all guaranteed to fill up your tummy and empty out your fridge after the holidays!

  1. The Turkey Sandwich: This must be on the list! You just can’t go wrong with a good turkey sandwich.  It’s a classic, and enjoyed by many for days (or even weeks by some) after thanksgiving dinner.

TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 0-1 min. MAKES: 1 serving


                Cooked Turkey Meat

                Bread (I use left over dinner rolls from thanksgiving)




This should be fairly self-explanatory.  Take two pieces of bread, add condiments to taste and add cheese and turkey, heat the turkey using a microwave or convection toaster if you like.  Eat and enjoy!

Turkey sandwich

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  1. Turkey Soup: This is a great low effort recipe for thanksgiving leftovers, just put it on the stove and walk away. Plus nothing beats a hot bowl of soup after a game of flag football out in the cold with the entire family the day after thanksgiving.

TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours 35 min. MAKES: 8-10 servings


                1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 10- to 12-pound turkey)

                2 quarts water

                1 medium onion, cut into wedges

                1/2 teaspoon salt

                2 bay leaves

                1 cup chopped carrots

                1 cup uncooked long grain rice

                1/3 cup chopped celery

                1/4 cup chopped onion

                1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted


Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, onion, salt and bay leaves. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours.

Remove carcass; cool. Strain broth and skim fat. Discard onion and bay leaves. Return broth to the pan. Add the carrots, rice, celery and chopped onion; cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender.

Remove turkey from bones; discard bones and cut turkey into bite-size pieces. Add turkey and cream soup to broth; heat through. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2 quarts).


     Turkey Soup

(This recipe courtesy of here)


  1. Turkey and Dumplings: One of my family favorites, relatively quick, very filling and good for people who don’t think to keep the carcass of the turkey after they are done carving it.

TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 45 minutes. MAKES: 3-4 servings



      1 ½ lbs cooked turkey meat

                32oz chicken broth (canned, boxed or from bullion)

                1 ½ cup chopped carrots

                1 cup chopped celery

                2-3 bay leaves

                Salt to taste

                1 tsp ground pepper


                1 cup all-purpose flour

                2 tsp baking powder

                1 tsp white sugar

                ½ tsp salt

                1 Tbsp. Parsley flakes

                1 Tbsp. Margarine or butter

                ½ cup Milk


Shred or cube the turkey meat.  In a medium pot, put the broth, turkey, carrots and celery.  Add the salt and pepper and stir until mixed.  Add the bay leaves on top, try not to stir around the bay leaves too much as you will want to remove them later, if you stir too hard you will break them up in the soup.  Heat over medium-high heat to a gentle boil and reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.  Carefully remove the bay leaves with a slotted spoon or fork.

In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the dumplings.  Mix in the margarine until crumbly, add milk and stir into a soft dough.  Bring the soup to a boil and drop in the dough by spoonful on top of the soup, try to evenly cover the top of the soup.  Boil, covered, for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly, the dumplings should be puffy and moist and have soaked up most of the broth so the soup should be a very thick stew at this point.  Serve by scooping dumplings into bowls and ladling the stew on top.


Turkey and Dumplings

                    (This recipe courtesy of the Bell Family)


  1. Shepherd’s Pie: Another one of my favorites, you can use up of all kinds of leftovers with this recipe, not just the turkey!  I always cook my shepherd’s pie in a Dutch Oven because I have a deep and abiding love of all things Dutch Oven cooked.  But a casserole dish in an oven at 350 will work just fine.

TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 minutes. MAKES: 8-10 servings


                2 lbs cooked Turkey Meat (shredded or cubed)

                2 cups Gravy

                1 cup green beans

                1 cup chopped carrots

                1 cup peas

                3 cups mashed potatoes

                1 ½ cup shredded cheese


If you are doing this Dutch Oven style, you need to have at least a 12” oven.  Start by igniting 20-25 pieces of charcoal (do this outside please).  Place a piece of aluminum foil on the ground (for easy cleanup) and once the charcoal has reached temperature place 10-12 pieces on the foil in a circle, evenly spaced to cover the whole surface area of the bottom of the oven.  Place the oven over the coals and evenly space the remaining 10-12 pieces on top of the lid.

For an indoor oven, preheat the oven to 350 and get out a large 9×13 casserole dish.

In the Dutch Oven (or casserole dish), mix together the turkey, gravy and vegetables.  Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of this mixture and top with cheese.  Replace the lid on the Dutch Oven or cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and the gravy starts to bubble.  Remove from heat and serve.


Dutch oven Shepherds pie

(This recipe courtesy of the Bell Family)


  1. Creamy Turkey Enchiladas: This is a new one for us this year, my wife makes a mean creamy chicken enchilada so we decided this year we’re going to mix it up and switch up the bird in her recipe after the big day.  I can’t wait to try it personally, and while this recipe will be new for us, its Mamma recipe is a tried and true family favorite.

TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20-25 min. MAKES: 8-10 servings


2 lbs Cooked turkey meat (shredded)

16 oz Cream Cheese (softened)

1 4oz can diced chiles

1 20oz can enchilada sauce

2 cups shredded cheese

1 package tortillas


Mix the shredded turkey, cream cheese, chiles and half of the enchilada sauce in a bowl for the filling.  Spoon the filling into the tortillas, rolling them up and laying them down touching side by side in a 9×13 pan.  Cover the enchiladas with the remainder of the sauce and top with the shredded cheese.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Let set for 5 minutes and serve.


Chicken Enchiladas

(This recipe courtesy of the Bell Family)


  1. Cheddar Turkey Casserole:  Mac-n-cheese mixed with turkey in under an hour?  Where do I sign up?  This creamy casserole dish will be a big hit with everyone at the table!

TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. MAKES: 6 servings


                4 cups uncooked spiral pasta

                1 garlic clove, minced

                3 tablespoons butter

                3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

                1 teaspoon salt

                ¼ teaspoon prepared mustard

                ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

                ¼ teaspoon pepper

                2 cups 2% milk

                1 ½ cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

                2 cups cubed cooked turkey

                2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

                ½ cup slivered almonds


Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, sauté garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, mustard, thyme and pepper. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Toss with turkey, vegetables and cheese sauce.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until heated through.


Cheddar Turkey Casserole

(This recipe courtesy of here)


  1. Turkey Pot Pie: This is a rich, creamy, and delicious way to use up some of the left-over turkey. This pot pie makes a warm inviting meal for the whole family to enjoy.

TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 56 min. MAKES: 8 servings


¼ cup butter

½ cup chopped onion

 ½ cup chopped mushrooms

 1 tablespoon minced garlic

 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

 ½ teaspoon dried sage

 ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

 1 ½ cups prepared turkey gravy

 ½ cup water

 ½ cup milk

 1 (14 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained

 3 cups cooked turkey, cubed

 salt and ground black pepper to taste (optional)

 1 pastry for a 10-inch double crust pie


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onions, mushrooms, and garlic; cook until tender, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour, sage, and thyme until blended. Pour in the gravy, water, and milk, stirring to blend. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the turkey and vegetables, and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Line a 10 inch pie plate with the bottom crust. Pour in the turkey mixture. Cover with the top crust. Seal and crimp the edges. Pierce top crust in a few places with a fork. Cover the edges of the pie with strips of aluminum foil.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil strips, and bake until crust is golden, about 20 minutes more. Remove from oven, and rest 10 minutes before serving.


Turkey Pot Pie

(This recipe courtesy of here)