Friday, November 28, 2014

To Shop or Not: Bring on the Games!

Black Friday has arrived!

I am sitting safely in the comfort of my chair, writing, just before 6AM and the women in my life have already headed out to risk life, limb, and wallets at the explosion of after Thanksgiving Day sales. Early reports indicate that it is a jungle out there.

Great Dinners mean Fantastic Left-overs

I have no expectation of gracing a store today, except maybe to get more beer.

Today, as is every Black Friday, is devoted to wargaming and learning more about the history of the world wars. The guys gather to play Axis and Allies, while the women in our lives shop. The kids? They are with us, but are pretty much on their own.

I take another sip of my coffee, stretch, yawn, and reflect upon yesterday in the quietness of my living room. Not even the TV is on to allow reality to disturb me. The grazing and gaming are expected to commence about 9AM. 

We are playing a new version of the game this year: WWI:1914. The map is completely different we are struggling to learn the rules before convening. We got tired of confirming that the Allies win WWII every time we play no matter who plays the Axis or who pays the Allies.

The women shop while the men play! What a role reversal from prehistoric times when the men were the hunter-killers and the women stayed at home.

Who cares? Game time is coming soon! 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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