Monday, January 16, 2006

I guess I am a total nerd

Last night the family was flipping through TV channels. I saw that billiards was on ESPN. How often do you get to watch people play pool on TV? I said, "Hey, that's billiards! I'd like to watch that!" and of course, I didn't have the remote control in my hand, the man always holds the remote, right?!? :) and DD2 says, "Mom, you like to watch people play pool - on TV?!? That's SO pathetic, Mom!" to which I replied, "Yeah, I like billiards and sue me!"

When I was younger, I played a lot more physical games. I played Volleyball and Basketball (was on teams) and I learned to do a killer power-serve overhand in Volleyball. We won a lot of our games just because of the psychological terror that serve brought on to the girls in the other teams. I thought that was hilarious, because the ball doesn't fly over the net any faster or harder, it just looked intimidating.

Although as I've gotten older, I do less physical sports stuff - I like ping pong, darts, and the aforementioned billiards and bowling. When I get a chance again, I want to do some archery.

For board type games, I recently learned how to play Bunco. Bunco requires absolutely no skill, it's just lucky rolls of the dice. But it is fun. I also like Scrabble, but I'm not phenomenal in that by any means. Another favorite game that's hard to get anyone to play with me, is Trivial Pursuit.

I've known people who don't like to play games. I think that some folks are afraid they will look stupid and will be embarrassed for not knowing something - I think it's not the game itself that they dislike, but the emotions that can be brought up when they play make them so uncomfortable, they can't enjoy it.

If and when you play, whatever you play - play to win.
Have you ever played a game with someone who is too nice? Even if you end up winning the game, technically it doesn't feel like a win, because they gave you lots of 'gimmees'.... or, they expect you to be nicey-nice and let them takes all the fun and the point out of the game.
I guess for me, the competition is a major part of the fun. I compete, but I don't take it all too seriously.

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you and your family have some time off work, why not spend some of it playing games? It will bring you closer together.


Cindy said...

I LOVE to play games - any type of game. My favorite right now is Scene It.

My husband isn't a game player - unless you are talking about XBox or Computer games.

We never really played games growing up too much, so I don't know where my love of playing games comes from.

And I don't care if I win or lose, I like to play.

Too bad you are in Georgia. I love to play Scrabble too. :)

Darla, Pencil Portrait Artist said...

Hi Cindy!

What is Scene It? Is it a sort of charades game?

We try to have Family Game Night, sometimes successful, sometimes's not a scheduled thing, but it's fun when we can do it.

Cindy said...

Scene It is a game you play on your DVD player. It shows scenes and you have to answer the question after the scene. Or it will give character names and you have to guess the actor.

There are TONS of Scene It versions out there now - TV, Disney, Movie, etc. You can find it at any WalMart, Target, etc.

I love it!!


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