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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's Tough Being a Junkie Alone!

When I was a kid, we played cards.   All kinds of card games, from cribbage, to crazy eights, to canasta, to gin rummy, to "go fish," to something called "Sixty-three."    I can remeber my Mom and Dad and my uncle Lionel and my Aunt Madeline playing cribbage late into the night.  There would be losts of laughing and squealing (especially if my Mom and Aunt Madeline managed to "skunk" Dad and Uncle Lionel!
When I was in college, we played Hearts, then Whist, and then as juniors and seniors, Bridge was the game of choice.  We weren't into booze and drugs.  We were heavy into popcorn and Bridge.  My two roommates and another friend of hours would play cards into the wee hours of the morning on weekends.  We were junkies;  right from the start when we played Whist as sophomores.  Our dormitory had a "lights out at eleven" rule (Can you believe that?).  Of course this was in 1965, practically the Dark Ages.  (Did you see what I did there?  "lights out;" Dark Ages?  Never mind!) 

 In order to avoid getting busted for having our lights on past the curfew, we hung blankets over our windows and stuffed towels under the door to our dorm room.   We would pop popcorn and drink Coca Cola and have a great time!  (It was a kinder, gentler time, folks!  Drugs had not yet hit our campus, and we took the "no underage drinking" rule seriously most of the time.)

I remember one Saturday night we had a rather elderly subsitute housemother who knocked on our door at 1:00 a.m.  We scrambled to turn the lights out, my roommates jumped in bed, and I, with a big display of yawning and annoyance at having been awakened,  answered the door.  We played cards in our jammies, so I was dressed for the part as I mumbled "Yes, what do you need, Mrs. Sennett?" all the while rubbing the imaginary sleepy seeds out of my eyes. 

"Do you smell popcorn?" she asked.  (We were not allowed to have electrical appliances such as popcorn poppers in our dorm rooms.  Heaven forbid!)

"Popcorn?" I asked, mid-yawn.  "I don't think so, but then, we were asleep...there could be some somewhere, I suppose."

Mrs. Sennett (she must have been 80) stuck her head in the door.   The room was pitch dark, and my roommate was snoring softly--not so softly as not to be heard, but softly enough to be convincing.

"I'm sorry I woke you, dear," Mrs. Sennett said as she closed the door quietly.   We listened for her foot steps on the stairs and waited a few minutes before turning the lights back on and resuming the card game.
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I still enjoy cards.   Unfortunately, hubby is not a fan, so I don't play much any more.   A few years ago, we went to Aruba with my son and his wife, and Eric and I played at the $2.00 minimum Blackjack table in the casino--that's the kind of big spender I am!   When in Las Vegas, I wanted to play, but was lacking the confidence to do it on my own.   I'm practicing, though.  Maybe next time.

Hit me!


EVA

29 comments:

The Vegetable Assassin said...

With that whole blonde bombshell thing going, someone will hit you alright. :) Just not in the way YOU mean. Haha!

I just started playing Cribbage. I'm practically 90 it seems.

She Writes said...

You go, girl!

Kristina P. said...

My Grandma still plays solitaire all the time. You could be a Hooters girl!

Janiece said...

We are a family of card players too.
But, my first thought when I started reading your post was...HOLY COW!!!! I think we went to the same college...and I still have nightmares of trying to "live" with out going crazy there...heeee
yea...lights out...I wonder if they even do that anymore...it may have been just during the dark ages!

Lazarus said...

Eva, I refuse to believe that you cowered to a house mother in college. I'm sure you were the lead rabble rouser, that's why we love you!

The Broad said...

We used to hang out of the windows smoking cigarettes -- rooms with windows looking over the alley were highly valued! Yes, yes -- lights out and dress codes! Absolutely draconian! Co-ed dorms??? Unimaginable in 1963!

Deb said...

My parents were and still are the epitome of class and decorum...except on Sat. nights when I was growing up and we would play penny ante poker. I think I was about 10 years old when we started. We had some cut throat games and it taught me a valuable lesson: a straight flush beats four of a kind.

Homemaker Man said...

I am not a big card player. My mother is. She won 2nd place in a local cribbage tourney back in the day. She used to use me as her daily practice dummy/punching bag. Which is probably why I'm not a big card player.

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R. J. said...

Great walk down memory lane. We could have been expelled for some things we did but they were such innocent rules we broke back in the day. Immersion heaters were a big no no. We just wanted a cup of coffee.

It's easy being a junkie alone! I love cards and I discovered video poker in Vegas. We don't bother with real cards in Vegas. Hubby and I have found video poker to be very rewarding so we head to the local casino on the Delaware River occasionally and Atlantic City is close too. For practice online at home, I head to this site to play for free: http://www.greatdaygames.com/games/video-poker-deuces-wild/video-poker-deuces-wild.aspx

Frugal Video Poker by Jean Scott (retired teacher) is at Amazon and talks about pay tables and discard basics. No, I don't need gambler's anonymous, but it is great entertainment.

Brian Miller said...

it was not cards we were playing behind closed doors in dorms...smiles. but you rock!

Canadian Blend said...

We played Euchre several times a week when I was in college. Also Hearts and Spades.

These days I'm more likely to be involved in a game of Crazy 8s, though some of the older children are showing an interest in Euchre.

Facing50Blog.com said...

I'm an only child so I can only play Solitaire (boo hoo!) I love games though so I'll come over and you can teach me how to wipe out the Casino!
Just did a word verification that came up 'shitacat' - I kid you not. I had to come and tell you!

tsonodablog said...

I used to play cards a lot, especially when in the Air Force. We played Hearts and sometimes Spades, but most of the time it was Pinochle. LOVEd me some cards.

You will not find a $20 blackjack table in Vegas anymore, and would be hard-pressed to even find a $5 one. They are out there, but you have to hunt.

If I Were God... said...

Are you gambling naked in that pic? That's awesome! I'd love to do that too. Where is this naked casino please?

Eva Gallant said...

Veg: You don't have to be 90 to enjoy cribbage! I've loved it since age 12!

Deb: I think I love your parents!

RJ: I'll check that site out!

Canadian: I've never played Euchre.

Facing50: I'll see if I can come up with a definition for shitacat.

Terri: That was a $2.00 table in Aruba! I'd be too chicken to sit at a $20 table!

IfIWereGod: No, I'm not gambling naked....that's my face only, thanks to photoshop! lol

injaynesworld said...

LOL! Love that photo. I remember playing cards a lot -- Go Fish being a favorite -- but not so much lately.

Jen said...

OMG!! I never knew that side of you, sis. Well, I am a LOT older than you....lol

rosaria said...

May you win Big!

Al Penwasser said...

Oh, that picture is too funny! Hubba hubba!
I first learned how to play cribbage from my girlfriend's father. A Mainer from Millinocket, he flat stated that all the "cahd" games I knew were "wicked gahbage" so he wanted to teach me a good "cahd" game. That was 35 years ago and I still love to play it.
Epilogue: My love for cribbage way outlasted my love for his daughter. But, that's a whole nudder story.

Ann On and On... said...

Love the popcorn story.... I'm not a card player, but I'd like to learn a few games.

SherilinR said...

ooo, you are looking foxy in blonde, mama!

Unknown Mami said...

Eva, you would have a blast with my mom; she's always trying to get me to go to the casinos and she loves playing cards at home.

The Frisky Virgin said...

Love it! I love cards. I used to play all the time with my gran.
That pic is priceless!

Munir said...

I like to play solitaire in my spare time on my computer. It can be so adictive.

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: glad you like the photo!

jen: and don't you forget it, sis!

Rosaria: Thanks, but I probably will never have the nerve to play blackjack in a casino again!

Frisky: My grandma died when I was 12, but she's the one who taught me to play canasta!

Alessandra said...

Okay, so it took me forever to find your comment section, now I feel really smart....I grew up playing cards too, though it was mostly poker at home. LOved the dark ages reference, but go easy with it, 1965 was the year I was born...lol.
Btw, we share a astrological sign, not that I believe in that crap, but if I had to choose, I think Leo is the best.
Your posts are too funny, I loved the jokes one.

Eva Gallant said...

Alessandra: You're right! Leos are the best! I'm glad you enjoy my posts! hope you visit often!

Boom Boom Larew said...

When I was in college, the game of choice was pinochle. We'd play into the wee hours while sucking back the sodas. Good times! I must say, though, "you" look quite fetching in that photo Eva!