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[...] I worry a little about what couldhappen if somebody put the wrong spin on gambling on campus, so I make sure to tell all the players that while it may look like blackjack, we are actually having arithmetic practice. [...] to help balance Christmas Karma, I always volunteer to cook the turkey dinner for my extended family, including all available in-laws, roommates, significant others, and pets.
oFF TASK course (f) I get to know a bunch of kids to help create a pre-Thanksgiving dinner outside of my usual role. with friends, each also called me and Plus, as my principal pointed out yes- asked how to bake the turkey and make By P am e l a B ee ma n terday, I’ve got an alternative career if I gravy, stuffing, or side dishes. These need it. Deal ‘em! were some of the longest conversations games club kids play and we help them figure out I’ve had with my college kids—and some whether to hit or stay. Then I get creative linger of the very few that weren’t about money. Here are some reasons why I insist we (or bored) and make up variations, like My yearly Christmas present to my I liked it—I got to feel smart and needed, play 21 at my lunchtime, middle-school the Trivia Challenge: We draw for a wild family is … Thanksgiving. For a basi- which pretty much hasn’t happened Games Club (“The Only Club on Cam- card and then whoever is dealt that card cally cheerful person, I have a distinctly since they were preschoolers. pus With No Dues, No Sign-Ups, No Per- has the chance of winning four bonus Scrooge-like response to the modern I have done this routine often enough mission Slips, and Only One Rule!”). The chips if they can answer a question from Christmas season. It’s better now that that most folks at the feast know my two rule is “Make Sure Ms. Beeman Is Hav- my Weird Trivia deck (Did you know that the kids have mostly moved out; when rules. Rule one: Everyone out of the ing a Good Time.” I’ve found that that the Statue of Liberty’s fingernails weigh they were little, trying to balance all kitchen an hour before the meal while covers it, they totally get it, and it works, 100 pounds each?). If they want to ask their various holiday performances, I go crazy with the last-minute details. because I can always take my toys and for help from another player, they can concerts, celebrations, and gift ex- Rule two: After the meal … linger.” Stay go home, and send them all back out to split the bonus chips with him. If I get changes on top of decorating, shopping, at the table. Chat. Bask in the glow of the lunch…. the wild card, they can try to stump me and wrapping was never my best thing. candles. Have coffee and pie. Chat some Anyway, I worry a little about what with a question and if they do I pay ev- I have photographs of the kids
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