So when was the last time you played Scrabble? It’s been a while for me because everyone in my family is too smart and scores lots of points making me feel dumb and worthless. Of course, that’s not why Alfred Mosher Butts intended the game when he created it back in 1938. It was just a fun way to pass the time, back when not every game was on the computer or telephone. I sort of miss those days. We actually talked to each other, enjoyed each others company (When not being a sore loser) and made eye contact. That doesn’t happen much anymore. So why April 13th? Well, that was Alfred’s birthday.
How to celebrate – Play a game of Scrabble. See all the board games Hasbro, Inc. has available. Study the dictionary before playing.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful but playing cards inside is delightful… so if it’s snowing, break out the cards. Most of us know at least one card game we can play, a lot of us know a bunch of card games we can play and a few of us know too many card games we can play. Cards do help us pass time and they help us learn to concentrate and focus. It’s also a great time to talk 9over things that have happened and learn about family members and friends. The act of playing cards generally involves other people, though it doesn’t have to so it can equally be a time to think through things and on your mind.
How to celebrate – Get some friends together and play cards. List as many card games as you can without looking them up. If you are really bored, try stacking cards.
Are you a real golfer if your game is miniature golf? Well, it does take an entirely different skill set but with all the attention miniature golf has gotten lately, maybe… after-all, miniature golf has a prime time game show on television and regular golf doesn’t! Both games can be challenging and while regular golf requires the understand and use of a number of clubs, miniature golf just requires one, a putter. But today is not about golf, it’s about miniature golf where instead of sand traps and water hazards you need to worry about windmills and giant frogs.
How to celebrate – Visit miniature golf course. Watch Holey Moley on prime time television. Build your own backyard mini-golf course.
So how many hours out of your day do you play a video game? The older you are, probably the less you play but with all the choices today it may not matter. If you allow yourself to get started, it can easily be hours before you stop, hours that seem like minutes. . Atari, Nintendo, Xbox… well in reality, these are just systems, there are hundreds of companies that create the games separately. I have to give a shout out to Rockstar who created Red Dead, what is now an older game but really made well. Over the years, the games have gotten better and better, they have come a long way since the original pong game Atari put out.
How to celebrate – Play your favorite video game. Look at all the choices you have of games. Plan your playing time and stick to it!
September 1st American Chess Day
Still searching for Bobby Fischer? Well let’s hope not. It’s a lot more fun to play the game of chess than search for someone. Although there is still some question about the excitement in watching a game being played. It is a game that requires strategy, and experience definitely helps. King, Queen, Bishops, Knights, Rooks and those pawns you don’t really mind losing (poor Pawns!) It’s 64 squares of challenge that can be ranked if you choose to play against the world.
How to celebrate – Play a game of chess! Get into a chess tournament. Learn how to take cat naps between moves.
Some call today National Video Games Day, some call September 12th National Video Games Day. There are enough video games out there that more than one day to celebrate is probably good. I remember when video games first came out, they were simple and not very exciting, except that it was something new. Over the years, games have gotten more and more complex and even addicting. I must admit, I am a video game freak. I love the challenge until it gets way too hard and then frustration sets in. I absolutely love Red Dead by Rock Star games. It is amazing. Whether you like video games or not you have to admire the work done by some very smart people.
How to celebrate – Try a video game out. Look through all the choices, there has to be something there to interest you. Don’t get hooked, it’s easy to do.
Whether you can spell or not, Scrabble is a game nearly everyone can enjoy. Naturally if you want to win, spelling helps. The game was created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938 and today is his birthday. It is distributed by Hasbro and is one of the best selling games since it first came out. It’s like an ever changing crossword puzzle. You might be surprised by some of the words you know (Even if you didn’t know them before playing the game.) It can last for hours, or you can shorten it by removing tiles. Actually you can invent a new version of the game nearly every time you play.
How to celebrate – Buy a Scrabble game. Make up your own rules, make sure to tell other players what they are. Create a Scrabble tournament.
Now that the major part of the holidays are done it’s time to relax (although New Years is still yet to come). One of the best ways to relax, and still keep your mind busy, is to play cards (maybe not poker though). Playing cards is a fun way to pass the time and carry on conversations while not sitting around doing nothing. It can be challenging, somewhat exciting and always contains a bit of luck. Kids can spend hours playing cards, some games like slap jack and spoons can get a little noisy but if it happens to be snowing outside, or too cold to go out, it’s a good way to contain their energy. Cards also keep your mind sharp.
How to celebrate – Play a card game. Organize a Bridge tournament. Learn a new card game.
Kids have been playing tag since time began. At first it was probably out of fear as playing tag with a dinosaur wouldn’t be much fun. The game requires no tools or devices to play, only the energy to run around seemingly aimlessly. It is a fun game unless you are really slow, that tends to always make you “it” and there is little chance of capturing someone else to end your turn. (I know, I was that kid!) Still, it is better than just standing still and doing nothing and it is great exercise! Maybe adults should play tag to get themselves back into shape! Since there is an American tag day I have to assume every country has it’s own day of tag. Except maybe those places where running from someone is believed to be a pretense to criminal activities.
How to celebrate – Play tag today. Make up your own version of tag by adding a few challenges. Play tag with your pets.
Not to be confused with National Video Games Day, today is just Video Games Day. So what’s the difference? I have no clue! National Video Games Day comes in September, when kids are back in school, so I think here in July is a better choice. Anyway, most of us have played a video game at one time or another, some of us get hooked, for others it’s not their thing. Atari, Nintendo and X-Box hope we all want more, not less. It is a huge industry making billions of dollars as sit in front of our television screens, or computers, and waste the hours away. My favorite is Red Dead, a game about the old west. The graphics are unbelievable! So if you like playing video games today is your excuse to play th4em all day long! Let’s just remember, they are games and not real life.
How to celebrate – Play your favorite video game. Buy a video system. Break out a game you haven’t played forever.