Bunco!

I learned a new way to have fun and meet people. One of my son’s best friends for 10 years is the third of eight children ranging in age from 20-4. As an only child, my son relishes the times he has spent being the “ninth” as much as his friend enjoys coming to our home for the relative peace and quiet. We have known and admired the parents over the years but infrequently interact socially other than at our sons’ baseball games or school events.

Tonight our family along with many others were invited to play BUNCO ( http://www.buncorules.com/rules.html ) their house. This is a dice game played in goups of four divided into teams of two. For each game a number from 1-6 becomes the scoring number. Each person rolls 3 dice and gets points each time the scoring number is rolled. If all 3 dice come up with that number you have “BUNCOED” and receive 21 points. The team with the most points wins that game.

What made this game fun is that the teams constantly change. There were seven tables with two teams each. The winning team moves to the next table but needs to become partners with one of the two “losers” who stayed at that table. By the end of the 30 games almost every different combination of the 28 players occured. I got the chance to meet new people and get to better know people I barely knew. It was fast, furious and fun. This game can be played by people of almost any age. We had kids as young as 6 and as old as 60. Because this is a game of chance, the experienced players have no advantage over rookies like me.

What made this a special evening were the hosts. They brought together people from different part of their lives to the same place, made it a big event, provided food, prizes and most importantly genuine warmth. I was suprised at how much I enjoyed myself.

I have been to formal dinner parties where the food is equisite but the conversation is polite and the atmosphere a bit stuffy. I like to eat well, I do. But I hate small talk (preferring conversation with depth) and love being casual.

I can not wait until next year’s BUNCO night!

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