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Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)
TITLE: Games Played and Not Played
By Sherry A. Jackman
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I recall feeling left out of a lot of things in my youth. When I was in grade school, girls sat around and played some kind of game with string on their hands. It looked fascinating and I would sit and watch and wonder and feel left out. I didn’t even know until I was an adult that the name of the game was Cat’s Cradle.
I could jump rope some, but never quite mastered the two rope sensation known as Double Dutch. I was much more of a bookworm than an athlete. It took me years to master those parallel bars hanging in the air that I thought were monkey bars, but really were just bars high up in the air, which required a lot of arm strength to maneuver from one end of the device to the other. Looking back, some 50 years later, I am not even sure how I finally mastered them.
Truth or Dare is an odd sounding game, where you sit in a circle and are asked a question that you have to either answer truthfully or take a dare and do something. Do what? Why? What kind of weirdo thought up such a ridiculous game? I can understand Checkers, or Chess; at least those are board games that have a purpose. I can also grasp a concept for charades where you are trying to act out a puzzle for someone to guess. But just to ask someone a question that they have to either answer truthfully or accept a dare to do something else, is beyond my comprehension as to why someone would think it is a fun thing to do.
Give me a good game of Scrabble, Parcheesi, Monopoly, or even Chinese Checkers. Chinese Checkers was one of the things my wheel-chair bound neighbor playmate and I could play together as it was done sitting down.
Clue was another game we played that was rather dumb, now that I think back on it. I enjoyed playing it at the time, as I thought it was great fun to try and guess who committed the murder, in which room with which weapon. Now that I am an adult, I find a game that is all about solving murder and no other type of crime or other puzzling event, rather bizarre and not something I care to do. A rousing game of Scrabble with quick-witted people would be more enjoyable. Then they had a variation off that known as UpWords and other fun little word games and puzzles whose names escape me at the moment.
Being a Wordsmith, those games would be my choice. Gin Rummy is fun, for people who don’t think that all games involving a deck of cards, that some people play Poker with, are of the devil. A friend of mine recalls how I skunked her at Gin Rummy 13 months ago and she is eager for a re-match when our schedules allow.
Recently, a long-distance chat buddy taught me how to play Reversi on line and that was a lot of fun, till I had to move and then couldn’t get the sound working on my computer, and our schedules haven’t allowed us time to do that, what with an 8 hour time differential between our locations and all.
The board game Battleship was something my husband and I played at the Laundromat when we first moved to Alaska early in our marriage. At least, in that one, a certain amount of skill was involved, as well as luck, while you tried to locate and sink your opponent’s naval vessels before they found and sank yours. Later we bought Tri-Ominos and played that. Dominos is another fun game of skill and light mathematics, that doesn’t involve stupid questions or daring feats of wonder, or solving a murder in a mansion of cardboard with characters named Plum, Scarlett, Green, Peacock, Mustard, and White and such odd weapons as a rope, a candlestick, a knife, etc.
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