So I hope this post is mostly photos with amazingly witty captions. I’m in a mood, peeps.
Yesterday Thing 2 who is 11 was diagnosed with a sinus infection, poor baby. He’s been handling it well. Better than I do. When I have a sinus infection people hide.
We went to Target to fill his prescription. We had to wait thirty minutes for the people who work behind the desk on the platform elevated about 12″ higher than we are to mix the powder with the liquid. I am not knocking the profession.
But being in Target with an 11-y.o. boy possessed of a vivid imagination means going to the toy aisle which isn’t a toy aisle at all, it’s an entire department. Of course there’s the pink aisle comprising Barbie and supposedly girly toys. Because girls can’t use toys manufactured in primary colors, didn’t you know that? We can’t see anything but lavender, pink, white, buttercream yellow and pale blue. It’s a scientific fact. Plus, anything without opalescent wings or long eyelashes looks like mold and smells like the Kaohsiung Fisherman’s Wharf, in Taiwan… maybe near where the toys are made.
I digress. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I’m about to go over my word limit goal…
So, while we were in the toy ward, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the board games. I love board games. I love family game night, I even have a rack of board games — many classic and many new but all are fun — in our playroom:
I’m gonna feel sorry for myself for a moment: I didn’t have lots of kid board games when I was younger. My mother wanted us to be geniuses so we were only allowed games like Scrabble and chess and checkers. I think relatives gave me other games but I thought they were candy, so they didn’t last. That game near the bottom “Stop Thief” is one I remember getting from my aunt; I loved it. It fell apart I played it so much, so when I saw it on eBay for $16,000 I decided I had to have it. My kids love it too, so that’s good. I would feel awful spending $16,000 and having no one play it.
Have you been in the board game section lately? Here’s what’s going on:
But in the end…
I titled this post “Fjord Games” because I think some of these games are taking a giant leap across a fjord. What’s the lesson learned from this post? Don’t go to Target with me when you don’t have to and if I have to explain the reason for the title… maybe I should rethink the title altogether.
Told ya I was in a mood…
it’s such a bummer. so many good games have been watered down for the ADD ADHD crowd. children need to learn patience, to wait their turn and the rest. these games do none of that. ESPECIALLY the switch to electronic banking. no math skills? no problem!
exactly! we have the electronic monopoly, and i hate it for that very reason. we play life. because we’re old school.
us too. we have a monsters inc. version that ian got when he was 6, but it’s sorta confusing. almost all our games are roll the dice with a human hand.
“toy ward” isn’t that the truth… sheesh!
Annoying and sad… lets raise ’em up dumdum! Just ugh and sigh and NOT MY KIDS. We buy only old school games; I love your gaming collection.
thanks, Amy! i love our collection too. Kids need to learn how to read, not identify the Dairy Queen logo. And electronic banking … it makes my head spin. I predict next year: “YouTube the board game.” Watch it happen…
Great read..made me laugh out loud. I am catching up and reading lots of your blogs at once. Love your writing.
KIM!!! thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, it’s a hobby. You poor thing, you probably feel like you’re sitting next to me when you read what I write. My writing voice is really no different than my personal voice. I don’t know if that’s good or not. I can write to be other people, for sure, but my posts are all outta this brain, so … there it is!
The board games these days are absurd. And the train ride one… german toy of the year. i just … well. Not much more to say there.
See you soon! xoxox
My husband and his friends swear by Ticket to Ride, but I never realized it was a German toy of the year. That’s…unfortunate.
WwF also disallows the word “Jew” but you can play “Jihad.” I understand that “Jew” is a proper noun, but still. Not quite right.
You’ve reminded me I need to check out the holiday Barbie this year. i got a couple when I was a kid, and was told to keep them in the boxes so they’d be worth something. I actually managed to keep my hands to myself for about a year or so before I snapped. Since then, I have always checked out the holiday Barbie to see if she could match the hot pink finery of my youth.
I admire your game shelf and hope to grow my own someday. Currently, we’ve got Scrabble, Zombies, and Apples-to-Apples, but that one’s across the country still. I should really get it shipped out.
Gayle! Yes the train / German thing is an unfortunate coincidence. I am glad to hear it’s a good game. Maybe if I pretend it won the Irish game of the year award I can play it.
I’ve been permitted to play “fatwa” on WwF as well. The rules are odd. Apparently “SH” is a word as is “ZA” and other cultural allowances.
I hope Barbie pleases. I think she’s great, but I don’t get to spend much time in the pink aisle.
Would it be cheaper to ship it or to buy a new copy of Apples-to-Apples (one I’m lacking)?