Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time to Fly....

We've been teaching a private class for the past 6 weeks and its time to send our nine new players out into the world of Mah Jongg on their own.

We've had such fun teaching them the game that we love!

~Barbara and Susan

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Mah Jongg Reunion

Years ago a group of casual Mah Jongg friends thought it would be fun to have a monthly Mah Jongg party and pot luck dinner.  We met for several years and as often happens the group slowly fell apart and we have been out of touch with each other for quite awhile.

We had occasion to run into a couple of people from the group and decided it would be fun to organize a reunion.
We were fortunate to find a date when everyone could come and set about to organize a day that could offer the opportunity to socialize and play Mah Jongg.
Here was the schedule we came up with:

10 AM  Arrive for coffee and cake
11AM  2 rounds of Mah Jongg
1 PM Sit down lunch (more about that later)
2 PM  2 more rounds of Mah Jongg
4 PM  Dessert and coffee

There were 8 of us; two tables of Mah Jongg.  We spent a good deal of time assigning the players to tables so that each person got to play with every other person for at least one round.  We had prizes for special hands as many tournaments do.

We planned the lunch menu with an Asian theme.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Sesame Noodles
Honey Dew Melon Balls with Coconut Milk

And for a special Mah Jongg dessert:

Sugar Cookie Bars decorated as Mah Jongg Tiles

It was a perfect day and so wonderful that such an eclectic group of women came together and enjoyed each other ......and we owe it all to Mah Jongg.

Here we are at the end of a lovely day.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


I do.  But many times in a tournament, I hear people say:  I HATE this game.

They can't mean that....maybe it's the dilemmas that frustrate them.

The Dilemma.  Here's one.

 I am in good shape for either of two hands:  55 77 555 777 9999  OR  77 88 777 888 9999

I just need to pair either the 5 or 7 crack.....or the 7 or 8 crak.   I don't want to call the pung of 5 bams or 8 bams until I have one of my pairs.   Just hoping the next tile I pick will show me the way to go...

But no!  My next pick is a joker.  Still no direction.  I have a dilemma.  Which way to go.
I just have to make a choice.  Which would you do?  And how would you decide!

I think the dilemmas that occur in the game make it more interesting and constantly new.