Reminiscing

I remember growing up in the Victory Heights in Piqua, Ohio. Just about every weekend, my Mother (Eileen Peeples Miller) would take us with her while the adults played cards on the first floor. The kids would go upstairs, unattended and play all sorts of games and etc. Lets just leave that information in the lock box. The year was around 1954, I was about nine years old and my sister was 14.

Believe it or not, we enjoyed the freedom and lots of fun.

I’m telling you this, because Sunday night, Ginger and I was one of the guests of Irene Ganger who now lives in Mill ridge Village in Union, Ohio. Irene invited four couples for a cookout and the chance to catch up on all the worlds’ problems. We talked about everything from Donald Trump to enemas.

After dessert of cherry pie, rhubarb dump cake, or fresh fruit salad, Irene suggested we clear the dinning room table and pay cards.

David and Bev Nixon were asked to bring their “trolley” so we could play the game of “Four” with comfort with nine people.

This card game can be played with any number of participants. You simply add more cards when you see there isn’t enough to go around or to draw from. This is when you need a homemade trolley to push the cards around the table. Basically, the trolley is a piece of wood with the cardholders screwed down, and four caster wheels to make it roll with ease. The Nixon’s taught Ginger and I, along with Irene when we visited them in Florida last winter. Everyone in their park plays four, and the trolleys are made many different ways and styles.

I told them the next time we play “four” I was going to bring my own trolley. Sometimes I just don’t know when to be quiet. As soon as I spouted off, I was asked to make one for Larry and Diana Beck. The other contestants were Larry and Janice Sarver, all from Bradford, Ohio.

The card game is very simple, and I suggest you Google it online. You only get four cards and the fun starts immediately. The rule that gets everyone up tight is this: You must always follow suit, unless you have an eight, then you can change the suit to anything you desire. If you play a four, the next person must draw four cards. If the next person has a four, he or she can play the four and make the next person draw eight cards, and so forth. The highest draw I’ve ever seen is 16. I shouldn’t have to tell you, this makes opponents very upset. You can’t believe what comes out of their mouths.

The evening was a huge success. We all got our bellies full, plenty of drinks, snacks and laughter. I thought to myself while we were playing. Just think, we didn’t have to go to some big concert, King Island, or the Smoky Mountains, we all pitched in with something to eat and drink, Irene supplied her home and the hamburgers and brats.

You might say we laughed until dawn. But actually we were home by 9:30 p.m.

This week’s bottom line: I have a golfing friend that recently told me that when his grandchildren come to visit, they must check their cell phone on arrival. I didn’t tell him, but I think this is a wonderful idea that we should all enforce. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, just stop and look around in a restaurant at all the children and adults with their heads down. No talking. No eye-to-eye contact. No laughing.
Very sad, what the new generation has turned in to become.

With the advent of cell phones, especially with the very small microphone that attach to the cell phone itself, it’s getting harder and harder I find, to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone.
Bob Newhart

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