Steve just poked his head around the door and asked if I want to play Carcassone with him and Patrick after he puts the twins to bed.
So I guess the hilarious anecdote I was going to tell you about... that thing will remain forever unwritten like the story of the...
Huh. That's interesting. As I sat here rummaging in my mental filing cabinet for an analogous literary loss I came up with two and - here is the intriguing part - both relate to shrimp.
First, there is the story of Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe and the prawns as related in Gally Threepwood's reminiscences but revealed only to Beach the butler; and second, there is the question of what happened to Mrs Carruthers' two gills of pickled shrimp, answered by Miss Marple but never divulged to the rest of us.
Hmmm. The Miss Marple story is told when she first appears in... no that's not right. She first appeared in Murder at the Vicarage but Christie brought her back in Tuesday Club Murders which must've been published... when? Early 1930s I would guess. And Gally's book is a plot point for Heavy Weather which also came out around then. I could google the dates but I'm pretty sure I am right, which asks the question (I will forever be in Victoria's debt): what was going on in the early 30s that had everyone thinking about shrimp? Something to do with the Depression, perhaps. I wonder if shrimp were especially cheap (so everyone was sick of them) or excessively expensive (so everyone was pining for them.) What do you think? Or maybe Wodehouse was paying subtle homage to Christie? He was a big fan after all. Hmmm, I say again. Remind me to ponder this later.
Whoa. One of my finer digressions. 298 words to tell you that I cannot write anything tonight because I am going to play a game instead.
Speaking of games, Steve and I love Carcassone and like Ticket to Ride, Balloon Cup and Lost Cities (the last two are superfast and we like them because although I have never beaten Steve at Balloon Cup; he is utterly helpless against me at Lost Cities - it's always good to have some sure things in a marriage. Did you have a bad day? Want to beat me at Balloon Cup?)
Do you have any other board game (interpret as broadly as desired) recommendations? Two to three player friendly would be nice but more is ok too.
PPS HA! With my second to last tile I placed a meeple (we call the little wooden guys meeples because that's what my friend Noelle's family called them when they taught us - later inspiring my melodious taunt: If You Want Then You Shoulda Put A Meeple On It. Why just heckle when you can heckle... in song?)
So with my second to last tile I put a meeple out in a field and with the very last tile I connected the field to the rest of the board thus bringing my farmer total to two; nullifying Steve's field domination for the win. HA HA!
I love it when I win.