Saturday, January 05, 2008

Do you Do Dominoes?

Over the holidays we (yes the royal 'we') learned a new game- Dominoes! We both thought we already knew how to play the game- it's something every child (in the old days) owned and played with. When Southern Belle invited us over for an evening of hamburgers and dominoes we said "of course", mostly for the opportunity to eat her highly praised homemade burgers and Yes! her homemade hamburger buns. Yummm yum!

Well, yeah... they were delicious, but the best part of the evening was playing Dominoes! P and I both thought we knew what to do, but it turned out we had been playing kid-style Dominoes. Grown-up Dominoes is another game altogether. And it's fun. Great fun. It's not just about placing your tile next to a matching one, or standing the tiles up and knocking them over. There's strategy and frustration, and opportunities to be a little bit mean or to show a little kindness to your fellow gameplayers.

Of course, I lost. As I always do in cards or board games. I lost bad. You're supposed to try to end up with the lowest score as The Dutch Lady did with a score of 28 or so. I ended up with something like 450 points, more than any other player that evening. Oh well. I've always refused to play cards and board games with my family precisely for this reason-- I ALWAYS lose. And that's no fun is it? I remember when our son used to play ice hockey and P tried to teach him that 'it's not about whether you win or lose, it's all about having fun', and J looked up at him with his big blue eyes and said "Well it's NOT FUN to lose every game dad". And he's soooo right. Losing is not fun. Waahhhhhhh.

So why did I grab the Southern Belle by her arm last night and plead with her to invite us over to her place tonight for another chance to play Dominoes??? Either I'm a sucker for punishment or an eternal optimist. I'll let you know which it is after tonight's game.

9 comments:

Ll.T. said...

LOL Kim, u should've played Monopoly, there is less luck involved and u can negotiate much more :D

traveller one said...

Oh no.... I am really bad at Monopoly! I should tell you the story of our honeymoon and a monopoly game someday! **smirk**

ITS said...

Hey Kim,

How Albanian of you guys to play dominoes. But you are supposed to play it outside in the park when the weather warms up.

I can't help but chuckle when I hear about dominoes. One of the greatest quotes from Berisha to demean our former president Moisiu was "I picked Moisiu up from the park playing dominoes and made him a president!"

ITS said...

Oh, and by the way, I love the new look for the new year. I love your new pic also - such a beautiful lady!

DirkStar said...

I thought Dominoes was a famous pool player...

traveller one said...

its... i love the sight of the old men sitting at a makeshift table playing dominoes... it's so enchanting. I'm gald I finally learned to play. BTW I didn't win last night but I did do much better than last time. Fantastic quote you've shared! And thanks for your sweet compliments. It was time for a revamp both here on the blog and on ME!

Dirkstar... ha ha ha! If he was- I'm not sure I'd "do" him!

Ll.T. said...

Kim, "monopoly" and "honeymoon" are two things that I never thought I'd read in the same sentence so now I WANT TO HEAR THAT STORY! LOL

traveller one said...

ll.t. The BIG P says I am forbidden from telling that story on my blog. **wicked grin** But perhaps one Friday night at the KH?

Ll.T. said...

U got a deal :D