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The Great Battleship Calamity of ’76
Posted By Patti Shea On April 6, 2011 @ 4:48 pm In Take Care | No Comments
Growing up I was all about games. Love ‘em. Inside or outside, I loved them all. There’s a story my family likes to tell about a game of Battleship  I played with my dad when I was 5 years old. Let’s just call it “The Great Battleship Calamity of ’76.”
Apparently it goes this way: After about 20 or rounds my dad grew more frustrated because never landed a registered “hit” on one of my vessels despite my luck of sinking his cruiser and submarine. So after a hard-won victory, my dad asks to see my board and to his surprise he saw that I had moved my ships.
My dad’s look of frustration turned to laughter after my extremely rational explanation: No boat would ever stay in place. It should move to avoid detection. So I did.
After being told the true rules of the game I just dismissed them as counterintuitive (that’s the word I use now, not then). It wasn’t logical to me. Oh well, what’s logical to a 5 year old?
But board games have a place in my family memories: Trivia Pursuit on Christmas day. (Try explaining the difference between the Yalta  and Potsdam  conferences to my uncle) Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land as a kid. I was just happy someone wanted to spend time with me.
So, now anytime my nieces and nephew ask to play a game with auntie, I always say “yes” … but of course their parents warn them about the notorious-boat-moving-cheat Aunt Patti. I just grin and say to myself, “They’re just upset that they weren’t that smart when they were 5!”
What games do you best remember growing up?
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 AARP The Magazine: http://www.aarp.org/magazine/
 vintage games: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/leisure-activities/info-03-2011/vintage-games.html?cmp=SN-BLOG
 game of Battleship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUnv1aV4caw
 Yalta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yalta_conference
 Potsdam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potsdam_Conference
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