December 11, 2008
We used to play cards on nights up in the northern areas. We would sit next to the fireplace in a circle and play 3 2 5, rummy, bluff, and so on. None of us were graceful losers. It would be fun, and then somehow the room would get claustrophobic with everyone pretending to get along. Someone who won the game would be too nonchalant everyone else insulted. We’d play the first night and it would always end in ill-tempered accusations of ill-temperedness. Then we’d go to sleep and the vacation would be like home. The same dynamics and games.