Monday, November 17, 2014

The Doctors are Back!

We have been busy!

We just wrapped up our fall semester Beginning Mah Jongg Class offered through the Lakeland Central School District Continuing Education Program. What wonderful, enthusiastic students they were. We wish them luck as they join the ranks of Mah Jongg lovers!!

And, we have been playing in tournaments.... what fun! 

In October, we were in Atlantic City for Four Season's three day tournament at Resorts Casino. As always, Joanne Bourne's careful planning and attention to details made for a super tournament. 

In November, we stayed closer to home and attended one-day tournaments at the JCC in West Nyack and Women of SSTTE in Scarsdale.  Both tournaments were wonderful and we look forward to their next events. (Susan came in third place in the West Nyack tournament)

All these tournaments vary a bit in the rules they set forth, their scoring techniques, and the prize structure. But what remains consistent are the players...all are good, fast players...all would like to win!! To that end, we know that some players hope to channel good luck through:
  • lucky socks
  • special jewelry
  • lucky shirt or sweater
  • mah jongg themed apparel
  • lucky manicured nails
  • family picture or talisman
  • lucky pen for scoring
And then we observed people engaging in rituals designed to bring good fortune their way. We've seen some players knock on the table before picking up their tiles, and others who slide their tile away from the wall and rub it on the table before they look at it.  But, by far the wildest ritual observed was that of a woman who after throwing in her tiles and mixing them around in preparation for building new walls, would sift through the tiles looking for 2 jokers.  She would take a joker in each hand and gently rub them against her chest!!

Whatever it is that you do, may you always have good luck and good mah jongg!!

~ Barbara and Susan

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A gem of a tournament in East Meadow, Long Island

We traveled to East Meadow early Sunday morning to participate in a "new to us" tournament.

What a find! Gail organizes this tournament as a fund raiser for her synagogue and does a lovely job.
This particular one was the biggest she has run as news of this lovely tournament is spreading.

Everything went smoothly. The day started with a continental breakfast.
Then we played four rounds. We broke for lunch which on this day was a barbecue. Four more rounds after lunch with a short break for coffee and cookies.

By 5 PM the tournament was over and prizes were being awarded. Gail gives many prizes during the tournament, also.  Even one for the first person to make Mah Jongg on the last tile.  NOT the last tile in the wall, but the player's last pick in the game.  Fun!

We had a great time. The mah-jongg world gets smaller and smaller. The more tournaments we attend, the more people we  recognize.  We feel like we're on the 'mah jongg circuit'!

So at this tournament, Susan made two hands she has not yet made on this year's card:

222 888 DDDD DDDD
FF 11 22 11 22 11 22
(Yes, I'm keeping track this year of each time I make a new hand.)

And Barbara made this hand jokerless..and she picked it herself!

1111 22 22 22 3333

Gail  runs a tournament every month. For details you can email her at or read our last post to see the upcoming schedule for the year.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

We Love Tournaments!

We mentioned that we discovered some new tournaments from friends at the Piscataway tournament last weekend.

Gail from East Meadow in Long Island sponsors a one day tournament almost every month to benefit Temple Emanu-el.  You can participate by sending a check payable to Temple Emanu-el in the amount of $45 to: Temple Emanu-el,  123 Merrick Ave, East Meadow, NY 11554.  Attn: Gail

Here is the schedule for the next year:

September 21, 2014
October 26, 2014
November 16, 2014
December 21, 2014
January 11, 2015
March 15, 2015
April 12, 2015
May 17, 2015
June 14, 2015
August 2, 2015

You can reach Gail for details at:  or  (516) 221-4802 if you have any questions.

We'll be at the Sept. 21st event.  Hope to see some of you there, too!

~Susan and Barbara