The OMs (all except for our friend X) got together for our weekly luncheon and Mah Jongg Wednesday game. This was a day for me to remember because I declared Mah Jongg five times during the day – wow!
But first I had to suffer a little heartbreak! This was our very first game and here is my hand after the Charleston. Our table rules allow us to play “Atomic Hands” and I couldn’t believe my good luck. All I needed was one tile to declare Mah Jongg. And then what do you think happened…I picked up a Joker and that was the end of thinking I could go Atomic!
There were still a fair number of tiles left unpicked when I got very lucky and picked up some Jokers allowing me to declare Mah Jongg.
For some crazy reason, most of my hands today were telling me to play 1 3 5 7 9 hands. Again, I was lucky on this hand as there were already two One Bams out on the table and I was only sitting with one in my hand – luckily, on my turn I then picked up the last One Bam.
I love the good old dependable consecutive numbers hand. And below those tiles on the striped napkin you can see the remains of a delicious chocolate espresso cookie that was soon to be finished off!!
Another Mah Jongg with another – but different – consecutive hand. And I really was lucky on this hand. I had only one Six Crak, two Nine Craks, and one Joker. But when my turn came around I picked up a 6 Crak and was able to exchange a tile for a Joker from K’s exposures and all of a sudden the hand that looked like a loser turned into Mah Jongg!
Now here is an interesting example of what can happen when you are playing with the new card and not used to all the hands. S2 declared Mah Jongg with this hand but S1 noticed that the exposure with the three Jokers needed to have a One Bam, not a One Dot. For those of you following on the new card, this is the fourth hand on the 2014 hands. It calls for any three suits and so using the One Dot in two different exposures is an incorrect play. S2 was then declared dead and play went on.
S1 then followed up with a beautiful Mah Jongg.
I had just about nothing after the Charleston but somehow this hand miraculously came together to allow me to declare Mah Jongg for the fifth time today.
And lastly, S2 had Mah Jongg with this really interesting – and difficult – hand. What a great day!
But let’s not forget the best part when we play at K’s apartment: