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BLUSTERY NIGHT
Oh the wind is lashing lusterly
And the trees are thrashing thrusterly
And the leaves are rustling gusterly

I'm having flashbacks to December 1999 when hurricane-force winds ripped through Sweden, tore the roof off our porch, downed trees for miles around and left people without electricity for days. 3 people have already died tonight and 280,000 homes are without electricity. We have so far only lost it for about 5 minutes earlier this evening, but the wolfwinds are still howling around the house.

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I come from a game-playing family. While we were growing up and moving around, we played games. A lot of board games and a lot of card games. Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Gin Rummy, War, Solitaire, later we added Hearts and Bullshit, 99, and then Euchre. I miss card games.

Sorry! was one of my favorite board games as a child. My sister had Aggravation, and we also loved Payday, Mousetrap and Monopoly. At one point my brother and I could spend hours playing Stratego, and my sister and I conquered the world and each other regularly with Risk.

When we lived in Europe, we owned 4 Monopoly sets, and once in awhile we'd have a marathon Monopoly session with all 4 boards together at the same time. You put the GO squares together in the center, and proceed around in a clover-leaf pattern. Because our games were in other languages and currencies, you had to exchange money when passing from one board to another sometimes, using whatever the daily exchange rate was. Games could literally take weeks to finish.

Anders doesn't come from a game-playing family, so even though he plays games more or less willingly, he doesn't have the tradition of cut-throat cheerfulness that my family does when it comes to games. He calls spending an evening with my family around the TP board "Trivial Abuse," even though he has fun, too.

When we started the AWC several years ago, one of the events we regularly scheduled was Game Night. We had quite a group of friends who were also players and we had a lot of fun each time we met. Then it tapered off and it's been hard to get it going again, as people come and go and interests and schedules shift.

Last night, Emily hosted the first game night of 2005 and even though we were only 7 people it was a big success and so much fun. I managed to drag Anders along and the kids as well. And I got to play 3 NEW games! Well, 1 of them was a variation on an old favorite, but it was so much fun I may have to buy the new version. If you've never played Wit's End, Outburst or Lie Detector, I can highly recommend them all.

Special to Sarah, Mom & John: While playing Outburst one of the categories my team got was "Things You Say to Your Siblings" and while we were shouting out answers, Anders chimed in with "You're ADOPTED!" and IT WAS ON THE CARD! hahahahha!

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Shout-Outs: Thank you to therealshedork for the awesome care package. You do care package better than anyone in the world except my mom! Thank you to the fabulous Sheryl of Paper Napkin who floored flabbergasted flattered me IMMENSELY this evening with a Bloggy nomination. I'm nowhere near being in your league, my dear, but you certainly made my night!

Colorful, Rainbow Flowered Birthday Wishes to blueberrymoon!
 calm
mood: calm
music: REO Speedwagon—Ridin' the Storm Out


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Game night sounds fun! I love Monopoly and love the concept of a 4 board international game! I love that "you're adopted!"

Some of my friends have game night regularly. We often play ..*Has senior moment and can't think of game's name, and will find out tonight from J*
Last time though, they brought out some other game possibilities. For the first time for any of us, we played Outburst. This was a couple of weeks ago.. or maybe a month. Anyhow, I LOVED it! I've got it on my yardsale list.

Terri, the one I messed up with on NYE, likes Scategories. I've never played it, but we're going to plan a game night soon to play it.

I love game nights.

A colorful friend that I've lost track of used to make up games. One of my best memories of this is a game he created out of strange place names. Look on any map and you'll find some really strange names. He created a game with these that was simple and usually became riotously funny. One night I had ten or twelve people sitting around my living room playing this game. It was a summer night with the doors open. We got so loud and funny that the neighbors actually came to ask us to hold it down. It was mostly laughing, and that was hard to curtail.
We had so much fun.
Long live game nights

>Scattergories

An excellent game! Especially when you play with your SO as your partner- my DH and I tried to outguess each other and we became so 'annoyed' with each other the other couple had tears running down their faces!

I am watching for Outburst for the yard sale season as well.

Isn't it great to be able to find some of these games fully intact at yardsales!
Sounds like you had a grand time with your SO, friends and the game. I love moments like that.

Scattergories is great fun! As is Balderdash, which we actually used to play a million years ago with a dictionary before someone turned it into an actual board game and retired rich :)

Your place name game sounds great...can you give me the rules??

Oh yes, I love Balderdash, but somehow the board has gone missing from the box. No matter, the word cards and doing the definitions are the important bulk of the game anyhow.

I will put Fredericka, my mental file clerk, on the game rules for the place game. Who knows, maybe I'll contact Kim, the game creator and ask him. It's been years.

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