My sister-in-law and her husband recently paid us a visit. They hadn’t seen the new house yet, and since they lived in New Hampshire near us and knew the infamous House on Haunted Hill (see the three part blog, “I Never Would Have Bought This House . . . “) I was happy to have them stay in this one.
The only version I have is in French, which gave me a distinct advantage since I was the final arbiter as to the meaning of Community Chest and Chance cards.
It took me a while, but I eventually discovered that the group was not playing by the same rules I was. When I land on a piece of property, I look first to see if it’s for sale, then decide if I want to buy it, and if it’s owned my someone else, I fork over the bucks, or in this case, the francs. Not these folks. When a player landed on a property owned by another, the goal was to pass the dice to the next player before the land owner could call for payment. The three of them–my husband and visiting relatives–said that was the way they had always played the game. I was shocked. In truth, I was having some bad luck both with the dice and in drawing cards (my translation of them notwithstanding), but I began to wonder how much rent due me might have gone unpaid. I refused to cross over, however, even making it a point to say, “That’s yours; how much do I owe you?” when landing on somene’s property. P.S. I went bankrupt first.
We decided the next day that perhaps we should play outside. There’s a great tubing hill nearby, called Gorgoza, off of I-80. Since I needed to finish a writing project, I stayed home (I was not sulking, honestly). When they returned, they said it was tremendous fun, and judging from the pictures, I believe them.
One of the many nice parts about Utah in the winter is that you can play outdoors even at night, in the form of tubing, night skiing, ice skating, and other activities. But if your inclination is not to get physical with your surroundings, you can still enjoy by simply viewing them. One night my husband took us all to Heber City to see the ice castles(www.utahicecastles.com), where owner Brent Christensen talked about how the magic is created. (We’re going back again soon, since more sculptures are being fashioned, now that the weather is colder.) The falling snow added just the right pixie dust . . .
Our visitors are back in North Carolina, and we are back to our normal routine, in which playtime does not figure as prominently as when we have guests. But every once in a while I think about that Monopoly madness, and wonder if I am really odd man out here, in my approach. So although usually I leave it to you, esteemed reader, to make a comment or not, today I am asking you to please let me know what rules you play by: pay promptly or rapid roll. I can’t wait to hear from you.