I was invited back today to play Mah Jongg with the ladies who live in my apartment building. It is interesting to me to note how very different it is to play with a contrasting and divergent group of people from the OMs – nothing will ever be as wonderful as playing with my beloved OMs – and yet there is still the comfort of the NMJL card and the click clack of the tiles and the familiar cry of “Mah Jongg!” That is part of the allure and beauty of the game – no matter where you are and with whom you are playing, ultimately it is all comfortably familiar.
I had a very successful Mah Jongg day, which happens to be personally rewarding to me since this particular group of women has all been playing for so many years. Adele, and it is in her lovely apartment where we play, has been at this game for over 50 years. Her quiet game play offers much to be learned; Jan – who also has been playing for many, many years – offers a great lesson in how to play defensively and cleverly. I love the experience of still being able to learn new things each time I play.
My first Mah Jongg hand was this 13579 hand: 55 77 555 777 9999.
I earned $1.00 on this hand because East had rolled doubles and I picked the winning tile myself. That’s a nice way to start the day!
Another hand that was successful for me today was this 13579 hand: FFFF 1111 33 5555. I kept getting confused when a Three Crak was discarded, thinking that I need another but finally realizing that I only needed two of that tile and needed to focus on the Five Craks – but fortunately I picked up 2 Jokers as the game was close to the end!
I was having a lucky Joker day today as you can see in the following 111 2222 333 4444 Consecutive Run hand:
My last hand of the day – for me, that is, as the ladies continued to play long after I needed to leave – was one more lucky Joker hand for me. I was so happy to declare Mah Jongg with this hand as I had never played it before and was delighted to complete the Addition Hand of FFFF 4444 + 7777 = 11.