Game on!

Carrom Game board

Throwback Thursday: I love collecting vintage game boards!
Back in the day, we didn’t have Nintendo®, Playstation®, the Internet, smart phones and myriad of other electronic distractions to suck up our time and energy.
Remember when families and friends got together and entertained themselves playing games for hours on end? It created many lasting friendships, brought families closer together and the games didn’t break the bank buying one.
Friendships today often are disposable like plastic bags from the supermarket.
People seldom communicate face-to-face anymore. Instead of meeting, we call. Instead of calling, we text. When was the last time someone actually took the time to write a handwritten letter?
When a friendship is no longer beneficial to us, many just toss ’em and look for new people to interact with electronically to fulfill our instinctual desire to connect with other humans.
Wouldn’t it be great if these old games started making comeback and people unplugged one night a month or so to socialize and have fun the old-fashioned way?
Remember Carrom® game boards? You could play 100 different games on it including checkers, chess, pool and others. They had four pockets and sticks (or just used your index finger to ‘flick’ the cue and knock one of the game pieces into the green-mesh pocket.
Our family couldn’t afford a pool table, but I loved the game (and got fairly good at it).
I’ve collected dozens of games over the years and most are made with wooden game pieces. Game pieces are now made of plastic or some other synthetically, mass produced material, which is OK by me. I love trees, too. But switching to modern materials makes more sense (and is less expensive for the evil Capitalist manufacturers.)   😉
Remember learning different colors playing Candyland®? How about playing Twister® in your jammies with your cousins or summoning the spirits on the Other Side with your Ouija® Board?
Simpler times equaled more genuine fun, cherished memories and allowed us to learn about winning or losing gracefully and helped us hone our social skills.
Sure, I realize I’m now an old fart and few people have even seen a Carrom board, let along useed one. But every once in a while I enjoy connecting to those memories. It give me warm fuzzies every time I dig out some of my relics and connect to my past.
And even simply looking at those games helps me deal with today’s fast-paced, technologically oriented world.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m just as much a techno geek as the next guy. Love the Internet, computers, social media, digital cameras and all the other modern conveniences.
But it very therapeutic walking down Memory Lane every now and again and unplugging from the matrix once in a while.
What things from your past help make you happy and revitalize your  passion for life?


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  1. When I was little I love playing marbles and Pixie Styx. I kinda liked Lincoln Logs too. I didn’t play a lot of board games but there was one called the Dating Game that made all us little girls giggle! I always liked Candy Land and Life too. Memories….

  2. I loved playing marbles, too. But sucked at it. I had cat eyes, steelies, mibs, milkies, aggies, clayeys and commies. But one day after practicing what seemed for years, I went down to the local playground with my leather marble pouch clutched in my hands and looked to play with someone. Long story short, my bag was empty when I returned home. Lost all of them to an older kid with more skills. Yup, you guessed it. Lost my marbles and haven’t been the same since. lol I’ve got hundreds of them now and I horde them like gold doubloons. 🙂

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