October 8th American Touch Tag Day

Remember when you were a child and you couldn’t fins anything better to play so you decided you would chase your friends around and try to touch them, or they touch you? Guess today that may be outta place. Still, kids do it. The fastest always win, the slowest and heaviest generally lose but you sort of know that going into it. Even if you are a good dodger you are eventually gonna get tagged if you aren’t fast enough. There use to be something about being called “it” that was upsetting. Of course today we are supposed to call each other “it”. So I guess even as we get older we still are playing tag, just with new rules.

How to celebrate – Get a neighborhood game of tag going. Be proud to be “it”. Watch where you put those hands!!!

July 23rd Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

Well, after a years delay it is time for the Olympic Games to begin in Tokyo. It’s was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 but will finally get started again and hopefully get back on schedule. The games close on August 8th. These will be the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Seems like there should be more than that) Let the games begin!

How to celebrate – Tune your television in on the games. Go to Tokyo! Get in training and be ready for XXXIII Games in Paris.

July 8th Video Game Day

Today is National Video Game Day, not to be confused with September 12th National Video Games Day. There are enough video games out there that more than one day to celebrate is probably good. I remember when video games first came out, they were simple and not very exciting, except that it was something new. Over the years, games have gotten more and more complex and even addicting. I must admit, I am a video game freak. I love the challenge until it gets way too hard and then frustration sets in. I absolutely love Red Dead by Rock Star games and then there is the classic Pac-Man that I still adore today. It is amazing. Whether you like video games or not you have to admire the work done by some very smart people.

How to celebrate – Try a video game out. Look through all the choices, there has to be something there to interest you especially now that we have game apps on our phones. Don’t get hooked, it’s easy to do.

April 13th Scrabble Day

So when was the last time you played Scrabble? It’s been a while for me because everyone in my family is too smart and scores lots of points making me feel dumb and worthless. Of course, that’s not why Alfred Mosher Butts intended the game when he created it back in 1938. It was just a fun way to pass the time, back when not every game was on the computer or telephone. I sort of miss those days. We actually talked to each other, enjoyed each others company (When not being a sore loser) and made eye contact. That doesn’t happen much anymore. So why April 13th? Well, that was Alfred’s birthday.

How to celebrate – Play a game of Scrabble. See all the board games Hasbro, Inc. has available. Study the dictionary before playing.

December 28th Card Playing Day

Oh, the weather outside is frightful but playing cards inside is delightful… so if it’s snowing, break out the cards. Most of us know at least one card game we can play, a lot of us know a bunch of card games we can play and a few of us know too many card games we can play. Cards do help us pass time and they help us learn to concentrate and focus. It’s also a great time to talk 9over things that have happened and learn about family members and friends. The act of playing cards generally involves other people, though it doesn’t have to so it can equally be a time to think through things and on your mind.

How to celebrate – Get some friends together and play cards. List as many card games as you can without looking them up. If you are really bored, try stacking cards.

September 21st Miniature Golf Day

Are you a real golfer if your game is miniature golf? Well, it does take an entirely different skill set but with all the attention miniature golf has gotten lately, maybe… after-all, miniature golf has a prime time game show on television and regular golf doesn’t! Both games can be challenging and while regular golf requires the understand and use of a number of clubs, miniature golf just requires one, a putter. But today is not about golf, it’s about miniature golf where instead of sand traps and water hazards you need to worry about windmills and giant frogs.

How to celebrate – Visit miniature golf course. Watch Holey Moley on prime time television. Build your own backyard mini-golf course.

September 12th National Video Games Day

So how many hours out of your day do you play a video game? The older you are, probably the less you play but with all the choices today it may not matter. If you allow yourself to get started, it can easily be hours before you stop, hours that seem like minutes. . Atari, Nintendo, Xbox… well in reality, these are just systems, there are hundreds of companies that create the games separately. I have to give a shout out to Rockstar who created Red Dead, what is now an older game but really made well. Over the years, the games have gotten better and better, they have come a long way since the original pong game Atari put out.

How to celebrate – Play your favorite video game. Look at all the choices you have of games. Plan your playing time and stick to it!

September 1st American Chess Day

September 1st American Chess Day

Still searching for Bobby Fischer? Well let’s hope not. It’s a lot more fun to play the game of chess than search for someone. Although there is still some question about the excitement in watching a game being played. It is a game that requires strategy, and experience definitely helps. King, Queen, Bishops, Knights, Rooks and those pawns you don’t really mind losing (poor Pawns!) It’s 64 squares of challenge that can be ranked if you choose to play against the world.

How to celebrate – Play a game of chess! Get into a chess tournament. Learn how to take cat naps between moves.

July 8th Video Game Day

Today National Video Game Day, not to be confused with September 12th National Video Games Day. There are enough video games out there that more than one day to celebrate is probably good. I remember when video games first came out, they were simple and not very exciting, except that it was something new. Over the years, games have gotten more and more complex and even addicting. I must admit, I am a video game freak. I love the challenge until it gets way too hard and then frustration sets in. I absolutely love Red Dead by Rock Star games and then there is the classic Pac-Man that I still adore today. It is amazing. Whether you like video games or not you have to admire the work done by some very smart people.

How to celebrate – Try a video game out. Look through all the choices, there has to be something there to interest you especially now that we have game apps on our phones. Don’t get hooked, it’s easy to do.

April 13th Scrabble Day

Whether you can spell or not, Scrabble is a game nearly everyone can enjoy. Naturally if you want to win, spelling helps. The game was created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938 and today is his birthday. It is distributed by Hasbro and is one of the best selling games since it first came out. It’s like an ever changing crossword puzzle. You might be surprised by some of the words you know (Even if you didn’t know them before playing the game.) It can last for hours, or you can shorten it by removing tiles. Actually you can invent a new version of the game nearly every time you play.

How to celebrate – Buy a Scrabble game. Make up your own rules, make sure to tell other players what they are. Create a Scrabble tournament.