Are you any good at backgammon?
Yes. I remember watching my mom and dad play backgammon whenever we went camping. While me and my sisters played something, I remember my parents sitting on lawn chairs or at a picnic table and just playing the game. When I was old enough to learn, my dad taught me how to play. I don’t remember him teaching me … but I knew that my dad was (and still is) an expert at the game. To beat him was an honor.

Today, I considered myself at expert even though I have experienced an occasional loss. I love the game, and I am excited when I meet people who know how to play. I downloaded the game on one of my past cell phones, and whenever my sisters (Krissy and Becky) and I were together, the game was played often … whether it was a two-person game or against the computer. I remember Krissy and I playing the game on my phone in the balcony of a church, waiting for Becky’s wedding to start. Speaking of Krissy, I’m hesitant to play against her because when we were younger, she threw the dice holder at my forehead after losing a game to me. I’m not going to lie … I’m still a little traumatized by the event.

What other games do you like to play?
I love Scrabble. My dad and I like to set up the game whenever I come home. Once again, if I beat him … it’s an honor. Now, it’s just plain sad.  🙂  At first, I thought my love for the English language would help me, but after Becky (who doesn’t have a vast vocabulary) surprisingly won a few games that theory was moot.

I love Balderdash because I love making up stuff … once again, I think I’d have an advantage, but I don’t. I like playing any board game, such as Monopoly, Life, or other games I can’t think of at the moment. Sudoku is another favorite … I have a couple of books in my apartment and one in my car (in case I get bored). Whenever I complete a difficulty puzzle, I feel uber-smart. Thank you, Krissy, for introducing me to Sudoku.

Are you good at Guitar Hero?
No. But then again, I don’t have a game console for practice. And to be honest, the first time I played the game was last night (Nov. 20, 2007). Growing up, my parents didn’t believe in video games (Nintendo, Atari, etc.) for three girls. I don’t blame them. But Becky bought a Nintendo 64 years ago, and the only game she has is Mario Kart. The game console is at my parents’ place now, and whenever we get together, we have to play it. It’s mandatory. At first, I wasn’t any good at Mario Kart … somehow, I always got turned around and never could complete a lap on some of the courses (sad, I know). But now, I feel I can hold my own against my sisters … although, some courses still get the best of me.

Back to Guitar Hero, I never really understood the game until I played it. The game rocks … I do not. I need to practice, which means I need to buy a game console. For some reason, I’ve been thinking about getting a Wii … I’m OK with dropping $300 for it. But I have some other things I need to spend my money on first.

Are you competitive?
Yes. As much I play for fun, I also want to win. Sad, I know … but that’s me. I find that winning is fun. The only time I don’t find that winning is fun is when I’m playing against my nephews, Ethan (7) and Gavin (4). I’m a gracious loser when it comes to children younger than 10.

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