Playing Games

When it comes to games, there are so many that can be fun that it’s really impossible to choose just one. I chose ping ping because I do enjoy it, but mostly because I only had a few precious minutes to paint today and it seemed simpler than the board game that first came to mind. I’m truly horrible at ping pong, by the way, but this disability does absolutely nothing to dispel my joy of attempting to play it. As for the board game that first popped into my head, that was a game called Clue (also known as Cluedo in other parts of the world). A fun little family game where you try to sort out who killed someone. Yeah, doesn’t sound family-friendly at all really, and its original title was even less so as the first patent just called it “Murder!” Nothing like cutting to the chase. Also, the original included more fearsome weapons like a bomb, syringe, and an axe. Though this game is sounding less family friendly all the time, it was really just a clever game using the process of elimination. And I totally loved it!

I actually bought a version of this game a few years ago that came in a lovely wooden box. It has since sat under an end table and now simply serves as a piece of unusual décor. I’ve never once played this version. Perhaps one day, I’ll convince someone to get it out and play with me, but until then, I enjoy seeing it simply for the memories it evokes. I also remember playing a game called Othello on the school playground. This will tell you a lot about me and just how geeky I was back then. As other kids were swinging on swings, sliding down slides, or sailing across monkey bars, I would seek out a fellow geek who wanted to do something that actually required thought. My mind back then, and even now, had a bit of trouble shutting off to enjoy things that don’t require skill. I love doing things that require me to sort out problems and solve little things along the way. Never primarily physical skill, but only mental prowess, most likely because I’ve never been good at sports.

Perhaps that’s why I love art and painting. Sure, you use your hands to wield a brush so it’s a bit physical, but every choice is a mental one. And with watercolor, the other choices are simply made for you by the paint itself. If I’m in the process of overanalyzing something, watercolor always takes charge and tells me what needs to happen next. And, unlike any other medium, I just have to accept the outcome. For me, this has been the perfect marriage. No dabbing more acrylic or oil on top to change something that didn’t quite turn out as expected. Just the raw and real outcome of whatever happened that day when you and watercolor decided to paint together. For some, this is a bit crazy. But for those of us who have been bitten by the bug of watercolor, we know it’s exactly what brings us back each time. It’s a lot of strategy, combined with a bit of lovely chance. It’s really just one of the best things anyone could hope for, when it comes to playing games.

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24 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 11 months ago

    I love your Ping Pong paddles. They are much cooler than the ones I have on the garage wall. Where they stay because I have no ping pong table. They’re just something that I somehow inherited when I moved away from home. Clue was always one of my favorites!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe! That’s awesome that you’re totally prepared for ping pong should a table ever materialize! LOL

  2. Susan Cuss 11 months ago

    We had a ping pong table in the basement and spent many happy hours challenging each other. I’ve always loved scrabble, too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Aww that’s awesome, Susan! 😃💕 Yeah, my mother and aunts always ended up at family gatherings playing a game of Scrabble! hehe I tried to play with them, but I lacked the patience. The game took too long! 😊

  3. Sandra Gilbert 11 months ago

    Lol, so that’s what happened…. I got bit by a watercolor bug, side effects include irrational desire to buy all the colors and all the brands of watercolor… and brushes…. and paper 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      LOL… yeah… a watercolor obsession definitely comes with those side effects!! 😃💕

    • Elizabeth Metz 11 months ago

      The struggle is real.

      (I’d suggest a telethon, but you KNOW we’d just end up using the proceeds to buy more paint….) 😀

  4. Mary McDonough 11 months ago

    Clue was one of my favorite games, too. Was never good at ping pong. I like the way you describe the watercolor painting process. I am so happy that watercolor came into my life. It is like playing and seeing the paint working along with you or maybe against you is always amazing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Yeah, I feel like when it comes to watercolor, it’s a game where you may not expect the outcome, but even the worst day still feels like a win! 😃💕

  5. SnehLata Maheshwari 11 months ago

    The art is awesome lie. And through art you have send me in my university days that i won the chempionship in singles and secend in dubbls . What a beautiful days . thanks Charlie .

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 Oh wow… I had no idea you were a PRO ping pong player. That’s awesome!!

  6. Prashant Maru 11 months ago

    Beautiful it is Charlie..
    So nice to paint the things that we love a lot in our daily life and that makes a difference 👌

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Prashant! 😃💕 What a beautiful way to describe it!

  7. smzang 11 months ago

    If you promise not to tell…
    It was Professor Plum in the Study with the candlestick…
    BTW, I have a magnetic Othello, for car trips so the pieces don’t go flying here there and yon.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      hehe!! It was Professor Plum a LOT when I played! lol Wonder why? What a jerk! lol And yay! Magnetic Othello is just better in general really!

  8. Yvonne Reeder 11 months ago

    Man-o-mister Charlie you surely have my DNA in you! I love Clue … still love it and would be tickled to death (pun pun) to open up that lovely wooden box with you! I fell in love with Dame Agatha Christie as a fairly young child. Since then, mysteries and the psychology of crime are my fave genre of … everything, including my intended college courses before marriage and family took me into a different path.

    Board and card games were always a riot but daddy enjoyed games that got us outside for physical fun so while we had a ping pong table, the badminton net was always up and if it was down, the backyard was still filled with the neighbourhood kids for a rousing softball game with daddy. ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      We do sound like we’re related Von! Yay! 😃💕 Yeah, Clue was the best and I’m also a fan of Agatha Christie as well!

  9. Yvonne Carpenter 11 months ago

    Well said, Charlie, well said – it appears people are not all that different afterall 🙂

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    Ping pong! Love your painting, cannot get those little balls to stay anywhere near that green table, and those masters who swat the balls at about a thousand miles an hour. Not me. I can barely watch the balls fly. Clue, however, was my all time favorite board game as a kid, and I nearly always won. I still enjoy playing, now with my grand kids and I let them win. Strategy can go both ways. As for you playing – you need at least 4 players for the game to be fun. The grown up and really fun way to play a similar game is to play one of the murder mysteries at a party. Now that’s a good time and you can enjoy your wine at the same time.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Awww cool! I knew we had a lot in common!! 😃💕 Yeah, you need at least 4 to make Clue work properly. But I love murder mysteries!! I use to perform in live murder mystery dinner theatre which was a total blast. Wrote two of them as well… super challenging. You always had to have an ending for each character chosen that somehow made sense! LOL

  11. Sharon Nolfi 10 months ago

    Yes! It’s the element of chance that makes watercolor wonderful.

  12. GameMod 9 months ago

    Aww the ping pong paddle image is so cool. I was attracted to the post just because of the image. I have never played ping pong by the way. I like cricket and football but sadly don’t play these games now 🙁 hopefully in future I will be able to spare some time for these games. I just simply love these 2 games.

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      Charlie O'Shields 9 months ago

      Thanks!! Glad you liked this! I’ve never played cricket and football… only ping pong! hehe

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