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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

it's all fun & games

We get a fair amount of company since we moved to the Vegas area. We love company. When some people visit, our main source of entertainment is going to buffets. When others come we sit around and talk and talk and talk. When some come we do a bit of entertaining - seeing sites, etc.
There are certain people, when they come, that stir in us our game-playing-instinct. And when I say game playing, don't think it's all fun & games! We're a competitive lot here in the Chapman home. Yeah, we laugh and smile, but don't think for a minute that we believe "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game". PSHAW. We want to win. Some of us want to win so badly that we go beyond playing aggressively.
We cheat.
And we're good at it.
In fact, for some of us, cheating well is the real game. And it's only fun if at least one other person knows you're cheating and watches with admiration as you get away with it. In the end, when we're all finished, it's confession time. And no one remembers who won - but we all remember who had the sneakiest cheating techniques.
DISCLAIMER: There are some games that it's just wrong to cheat in. For example ~ cheating while playing RISK - that's a big no-no. That's a game you have to win because of your brilliant strategizing. Don't even try to cheat at RISK in this house or you won't be invited back. And blatant cheating, like adding up your score wrong - that's baby-play. There's nothing admirable about that.
Stealthy, brilliant, covert cheating - that's what card games are all about.
Don't know what I mean? Come on over and I'd be happy to teach you.


  1. It's so nice to have happy friends over for games and so forth. I love the first picture.
    It embodies fun;-)

  2. Hahaha! My husband's a WICKED cheater! He's the king! Hahaha. Dunno why I'm laughing.

  3. Before he met me, Bryce was dating a Canadian girl. He went to her house one Christmas and they played cards--cheated as a team, you know. Her father was so incensed when he found out that basically gave them the cold shoulder the rest of the trip. But boy, the two of them thought they were pretty funny. I guess Bryce should come over and show off his skills at your house, eh? (As for me, I am *always* honest. wink wink).

  4. Sounds like you know how to really party at your house! We play a candy bar game where you roll dice and hope to get doubles so you can grab a candy bar or other trinket from the middle of the circle. I have 2 sons who ALWAYS cheat and the sad thing is, they get away with it! In the end everyone gets their share of goodies but there have been some tears along the way and I think that's what my sons enjoy the most!

  5. you guys sound like a fun bunch! i wanna play!

  6. Sounds like great fun! Risk can get so nasty! Absolutely no cheating, if you know what's good for you! x

  7. Looks like fun! I haven't played TWISTER in years!

  8. . . . and it's sooooooooooooo fun . . .