June 25, 2011 § 1 Comment
We play every second and fourth Friday of the month. 7 – 10 pm. This is not a typical mood. I don’t know what they were talking about, but usually we’re laughing and joking carrying on like a bunch of grade schoolers.
Our clubhouse – a converted firehouse from the 50’s where he have potlucks and meetings for the neighborhood Association and the Water Board – houses chairs and tables and games and a book exchange. There are three sets of dominos, double 15’s. Since I moved here 10 years ago we’ve probably lost half our players to the other side, so it’s rare to have three tables of 8 going at once. Tonight we were one table of 7.
We play with double 15’s.
No money involved except pennies to indicate a train which others can play on. We play for snacks. Bruce brought some dark lemonade. “Arnold Palmer,” I think it was called. I liked the plastic cup and forgot all about documenting the rest of the snacks: cheese and crackers, Reeses peanut butter cups, Lisa’s second batch of cookies from a cookbook of desserts you make with a cake mix base, and the lemonade, of course.
We start with the double 15 as the center tile in the roundhouse and play a variant of Mexican Train. Once someone plays all their tiles we start another game with the double 14 and so on, on down to the double blank tile or until we’re all yawning from no nap and too much sugar.
Of course after each round it’s customary to get up and stretch the legs…and check out the snacks.
Then play another round.
Have a little more lemonade.