Point of Contention

It probably comes as no surprise that from time to time we enjoy a good happy hour here at The Aerie. But other than mixing a good cocktail, what else does that involve?

Well, when it’s either too dark (Standard Time effect) or too chilly for the patio, we’ll often sit in the kitchen, have our drinks, listen to music, and play a few hands of gin rummy and talk about whatever’s happening. We don’t play cards all the time, but every now and then, we’ll play a few games.

Last Night's Mai-tai

Along with that, one of the things that we do with our gin rummy games is to keep a running total of the score. We’ve decided that when we run out of room on the score pad, then that round is over – though with a big pad of paper, it can take a while to finish.

For example, here’s the pad for the game we just finished. If you look at the top of the page, you can see that we started it in March 2010.


And now, if you look at the bottom of the page you’ll notice that I won by a single point. One hundred and twenty games came down to one point. The Beloved was not pleased (she’d made a big comeback after being down a ton of points in the late going) – especially as she’d lost the sheet before this one, too.

I imagine the liquor must dull the pain for her.


12 thoughts on “Point of Contention

  1. Wow. I am impressed on so many levels – not just the fact that you have the running total from March 2010. 2010! I’d like to hear more about the results from three sheets back. :)

  2. At that rate three sheets back would have been sometime in the Eisenhower administration, right?

    But you know … cocktails and cards … I’d be suspicious that you miscounted a 7 as a 9 somewhere in there.

  3. My parents used to have a running total of the money they owed each other from making bets on who’s right. “Perry Como! Bet ya 750,000USD!” “Call the radio station. It’s Frankie.”

    • My folks and my uncle used to have a weekly pinochle game and they would keep a yearly tally. The winner got taken out to dinner. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… :)

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