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Monopoly!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Patti Shene

 

When my kids were growing up, I couldn’t wait for them to reach the age where they would begin to understand Monopoly and be able to play as formidable opponents. Last night, my husband, son, twelve-year-old granddaughter, and I played the game on the twenty plus year-old board that we played on when our kids were growing up.

 

 

 

“Pappy never played board games with us when I was little,” my daughter has lamented to hers. That truth sparks an ember of jealousy in her, I think. Also proves the power a grandchild holds over a grandparent.

As we went through the motions of playing the game, I realized the parallels between the action on the board and the ‘game’ of life.

The first few turns, everyone has money to buy the properties they land on. The problem comes when a player tries to develop a strategy, because something always gets in the way. Buy a piece of property in one color group, and you set your sights on getting all three, but you never come close to landing on that property again.

Don’t we set our goals high, only to encounter stumbling blocks that make their attainment tougher?

Now, you’re stuck with a paltry income from rent, like the eighteen dollars I collected for my two red properties a few times, while my opponent husband scarfs up eighty to one-hundred dollar profits on a regular basis because he managed to procure Electric Company and Water Works.

Isn’t that like the person who has some education, but not enough to advance, versus the person with a degree?

As the game progresses, more complicated decisions need to be made, or the game will go on forever. So, I hand over something of value to my opponent son in order to obtain my coveted third red property.

However, in the meantime, opponent granddaughter is developing her property. So, between negotiating past the Luxury Tax, Income Tax, improved properties and three of four railroads owned by one player, I’m fighting a losing battle. Yet, hope springs eternal, so I jump off the financial ledge and fork over four hundred and fifty bucks for three houses.

Isn’t that true of our daily lives? We consider the options, weigh the consequences, and take chances. Sometimes we lose, but sitting back and collecting eighteen dollars rent every once in a while doesn’t make for a very interesting player.

Our granddaughter sets her sights on what she wants (the treasured Park Place and Boardwalk combo), takes risks to get them, even to the point of mortgaging her other property, and usually ends up with cash to spare.

I find it strange that my former non-board game player husband still doesn’t really understand all that’s going on in the game and seldom even realizes what property he has. Yet, he comes out the winner three times out of four.

Another lesson learned. Always beware of the quiet ones.

What are your favorite board games?


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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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1/21/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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1/21/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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1/21/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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1/21/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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1/21/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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1/21/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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1/21/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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1/21/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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1/21/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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1/21/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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1/21/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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1/21/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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1/21/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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1/21/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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1/21/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/21/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/21/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/21/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/21/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/21/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/21/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/21/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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1/21/2014

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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1/21/2014

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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1/21/2014

Shared Experience
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1/21/2014

Facing the Monster
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1/21/2014

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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1/21/2014

I'll Be Happy When...
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1/21/2014

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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1/21/2014

I Can't Do This!
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1/21/2014

BREAKING THE RULES
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1/21/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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1/21/2014

Vulnerability to Fear
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1/21/2014

Faith and Fear
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1/21/2014

Those Temporary Interruptions
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1/21/2014

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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1/21/2014

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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1/21/2014

Taking Stock
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1/21/2014

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/21/2014

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/21/2014

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/21/2014

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/21/2014

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/21/2014

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/21/2014

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/21/2014

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/21/2014

The day after Christmas
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1/21/2014

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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1/21/2014

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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1/21/2014

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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1/21/2014

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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1/21/2014

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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1/21/2014

News From Nashville & Beyond
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1/21/2014

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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1/21/2014

Welcome Home!
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1/21/2014

Confessions of a first book editor
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1/21/2014

Going Home
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1/21/2014

GPCWC in Restospect
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1/21/2014

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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1/21/2014

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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1/21/2014

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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1/21/2014

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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1/21/2014

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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