The OMs (Original Mahjettes) didn’t meet this Wednesday as several of us went to a holiday luncheon (which was fabulous and such fun!). However, after the festivities, and practically in a sugar coma from the amazing dessert table, seven of us retreated up to a private meeting room  where there were two card tables and two Mah Jongg sets waiting for us. We got down to business right away…but first my dear friend Martha popped in with three copies of Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game for me to sign for her mother’s friends – that was an honor for me!

S1 at “table one” was the first of the day to declare Mah Jongg with this beautiful 2468 hand made up of 22 44 666 888 DDDD.


I was over at “table two” and quickly followed Sanna with a Mah Jongg with my own 2468 hand of 222 444 6666 8888.


Then J over at the other table announced a nice win with a CONSECUTIVE RUN hand that we all know and love – 11 22 333 444 5555.


My turn again with a winning Mah Jongg hand from the 13579 section of the card:                             555 7777 777 9999.


Back to the other table and G declared Mah Jongg with this beautiful CONSECUTIVE RUN hand of FFFF 1111 2222 DD.


And now back to my table and K pulled off the win of the day (IMHO). She really is a pro at playing QUINTS hands and here is her winning hand: FFFF NNNNN 11111. Brava, K!!! And look at all those Jokers!


S1 took the next win with one of my favorite hands, LIKE NUMBERS: FFFF 1111 11 1111.

IMG_2588Meanwhile, back at my table, G2 had a really nice win with a great WINDS AND DRAGONS hand made up of EE 22 WWW 222 2222.


S1 took her third win with a fancy 2014 hand of FF 2014 1111 4444.


And, to my surprise, I had my third win of the day with the good old CONSECUTIVE RUN hand made up of 666 7777 888 9999.


At that point I had to leave (although the rest of the group played on) as I had a 4 PM meeting with the amazing Charlotte Tarr from Naples, Florida. Charlotte is the incredible woman who has arranged multiple speaking/book signing engagements for me in Naples at the end of January. Perhaps some of you will be in Florida at that time? Let me know. I will also be speaking in Boca Raton during the first week in February and am working on something else in Miami during that week. When everything is all finalized, I will post it all.


  1. Bonnie Wise

    My friends and I love the game and your posts. We put on our own tournaments for fun and attend several others. We are at the younger end of the mah jongg age and most of us work full-time (50’s) and just love the ladies we meet. Anyway, if you are interested in coming to the Tampa area, we could arrange to have a group available for you to meet. We have some wonderful independent book stores here such as Inkwood. Let me know if your schedule would permit.

    Bonnie Wise

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  2. mahjonggandme Post author

    Hi Bonnie – what a nice message! I would love to come speak in Tampa – you and I should discuss this. I will give you a call over the next few days and, if you are available, we can talk.
    Thanks so much for your nice message.
    Ann xxo



    I am a fairly new player (July 2013) and really enjoy the game and reading your posts. I don’t mean to criticize but would like to point out a mistake in the description of one of the winning hands.

    It is described as consecutive run 555 7777 8888 9999 which doesn’t exist. There are 15 tiles there. But the picture showing 666 7777 (craks) 888 9Joker99 (bams) is a good hand.

    Again do not mean to criticize but I have a knack for catching mistakes and just wanted to bring this to your attention.


    Sheila Mandl 813-922-6816 – Home 631-748-1072 – Cell


    1. mahjonggandme Post author

      It’s a typo!!! If you look at the tiles then you will see that the hand is correct. Thanks for letting me know. I will correct it later when I get home.


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