I found this week’s post courtesy of Fandango “This, That And The Other”.
What games do you and your family play?
Naomi and I enjoy games. The one we play the most often is Scattergories. These days we like to play by our own rules. We don’t use the timer (too stressful). For us the enjoyment of the game comes from being able to find an answer for every question not how fast we can do it. Sometimes for a change we play Scrabble. We like to exercise our senior brains with word games.
Do you play games on your cell phone while waiting for the doctor?
No. I don’t have a big data allowance. My mobile phone is for phone calls and texting and the occasional search for information. If I have to wait somewhere I bring my Kindle and read. I do play some online games, Solitaire (Spider is my favourite), Mahjong, Sudoku and Sims Games but I play these alone.
Are you a good sport or a sore loser?
I am a good sport which is just as well as Naomi nearly always beats me at Scrabble and Scattergories.
Do board games drive you crazy or do you have stacks of them on your shelves?
No, I enjoy them. We have a cupboard full of board games and jigsaw puzzles. We have Monopoly of course and many vintage games that Naomi has collected. We play them too, even the kids ones like “Pillowfight” or “Lost In Space”. I like Trivial Pursuit but Naomi doesn’t so I rarely get to play that. We also have cards, dominos and games like UNO, a Compendium of Games with “Snakes and Ladders” and “Ludo” (Parchese)
What game piece do you choose in Monopoly?
Always the Dog.
Are bridge, canasta, or rummy in your repertoire?
I never learned to play bridge and can’t remember how to play rummy although I think I learned. David taught me to play Canasta and we used to play that a lot at one time but I haven’t played for many years.
What games do you despise?
I really don’t enjoy card games any more. For some reason I always find it hard to remember the rules of most games. I remember once back in the 80s we were at a neighbours house playing a game they taught us. I got confused and made a mistake and the husband was snappy with me about it. I was so upset that I went home and after that I never wanted to play card games if I could avoid it. The exception to that would be games like UNO. We used to have a lot of fun playing that when we worked in the railways during breaks and quiet times.
Is there a unique game you or your family played that others may have never experienced?
I wouldn’t say it is unique but we like to play games where we have to list 10 similar things eg. 10 suburbs of Melbourne, 10 Rolling Stones songs, 10 types of flowers etc. It’s a good game because you don’t need anything to play it. It’s all verbal. I think we started doing it when we were in our teens or twenties. I can remember being on a coach going to Sydney and we started out with “10 Elvis Presley movies” and were able to list nearly all of them, think I’ve forgotten most of them now. We used to play it at work while we were cleaning together or waiting for a train to arrive or when we were out for a walk. We probably played it as recently as last week.
Here are some of Naomi’s vintage games. The first one is a game we had in England as small children. This is a replacement as the original was lost or given away.