Sunday, December 27, 2009

Games the Big Kids Can't Resist

When you were a kid, did you ever wonder whether Santa had some special deal with the board game companies? The three of us didn't get that many board games, but over the years I have noticed the "filler" present and stocking stuffer action accorded Yahtzee, Uno, Sorry, and the like. In fact, I myself can't resist throwing a few games into the cart when Christmas shopping. I know from experience that the thrill for any one of the games will be short-lived, but I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed a game as another present to add to the stack. You know, Yahtzee might not be the centerpiece present, but it makes a fun side present. Same thing goes for a themed version of Trivial Pursuit or a classic pack of Uno cards.
What did you play when you were a kid? We played Yahtzee so many times that we had the scorecard categories memorized and could use the back of a sheet once the front was filled. War and Go Fish were staples when we could find a complete deck of cards (okay, okay, we could have taken better care of our toys). Another well-used board game involved a piece of plywood and a bag of marbles. Pop drilled marble size slots in the plywood, and Mother and we three kiddos played many games of "Aggravation/Sorry" on it.
These days, kids are reminded to be good sports. There's nothing bad about that, but some people take it to the extreme and scold kids for bragging or celebrating their victories. Well, I am here to tell you that if you are that politically correct, then you are going to have a problem with the battle going on at Grandma's today, LOL. You see, Santa brought Katie a box of "Tumbling Towers," also known as "Jenga" when you buy the non-generic version. Uncle Bubby and I were trying the game out for Kate as she was leaving for town with Grandma, James, and Aunt Soupie. Grandma told Granddaddy that he would have the harder job of refereeing these two "kids." Guess our mother knows us pretty well. Pop didn't have to actually break up any squabbles yet. He did get plenty of entertainment listening to the "cheater, cheater" squawks and "no, you didn't" whines and "Ha!" exclamations, though.
And, he can expect to hear more. Bubby won four games to my three. There's going to be a grudge match later. Of course, Soupie will be home by then, so she'll have to join the battle. I suspect there will be some gloating and talking of the smack! Hope you are all having a fun weekend, too!
THIS IS THE master WILLIAM LEE GREER <----- note the smack already being typed by my little brother when I wasn't at the keyboard!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry, Merry!

Merry, Merry!
Peace and Joy to All!
If it seems I've been remiss in posting lately, well, I have. Dial-up hates my Toshiba and refuses to recognize its modem, even after I bought a USB modem just in case the Toshiba really doesn't have one. Wireless aircard prices freak out my frugal husband (although he didn't seem to have a problem spending dough on a new t.v.). . .and despite my sore attitude about the tv trumping internet, I keep crossing my fingers and hoping somebody will provide DSL or something on our side of the railroad track because the aircards are kind of pricey. So, here I sit at the library, checking email and occasionally logging on to Facebook. Given the true heartaches and hardships that can happen, having my internet access in a place where my writing muse refuses to visit is not a situation worthy of complaint.
Ha! You knew that "but" was coming, didn't you? "But" I miss my friends from all across the country and all around the world. "But" I could never make all the phone calls and keep up with all the things I see about my cousins and nieces and old classmates on Facebook. "But" I miss sharing glass talk with other people who know what a torch is and how I got that hole in the middle of the bead. "But" I like to glance at the news blurbs on Yahoo and check the weather forecast at a moment's notice. So. There. I'll pout if I want to pout.
Things always have a way of working out for the best, working out to be what you didn't know you needed at the time.
I'm waving at every single one of you who comes by to see what's up these days :)
I'm wishing each of you lots of happy family times during the holidays!
I'm thinking I might explode if the muse doesn't learn to write at the library-- too many good stories and, as always, a few raving rants are waiting to be splashed onto the page :)