Lots of not-so-easy-to-read journaling on these pages, so I thought I'd help you.

Don is actually the one who’s sudoku-obsessed, not I. He usually takes his book of puzzles wherever he goes. One night, he forgot it, so I downloaded an app for him. Since I can work some of these, I’m sure they’re much too easy for him. The harder, the better as far as he’s concerned. When I get to the point where I’m stumped, I just cheat. He tries to explain all the patterns to me, but since it involves numbers, they’re way beyond me.

No, I don’t play Derby Days on my iPhone. Katie talked me into downloading it for her one night when she forgot her iPod. It involves horses, so she’s in heaven. It’s amazing how technologically savvy she and Sam are. They can work most things better than I can -- that’s certainly true when it comes to TVs, DVRs, and remotes. One night she despaired of me and said, “Come on, Sam, let’s go upstairs. WE know how to work that TV.”

I come from a card-playing family. When we get together, usually a game of Aggravation Rummy ensues. Granddaddy’s the one who started it, and I’m sure Katie and Sam will be playing it one day. Because you have to get a different meld each hand, it can be very interesting and very irritating. Let me just say that the game was aptly named.

The iPhone has opened up a whole new world of gaming to me -- not sure if that’s a good thing! I’ve always liked Scrabble, and of course, there’s an app for it. I don’t play too frequently, however, because most random opponents are too s-l-o-w. And WWF consumes me!

Pokeno after Easter dinner has become our tradition. I don’t think we play by the rules, but we have fun trying for center, four corners, little cross, and pokeno on our cards. And we bet with M&Ms because they were handy one Easter. Now they’re part of the tradition. I remember playing “real” Yahtzee as a kid -- now there’s an app for that, as there is for nearly everything, it seems. I play the single player, double bonus version.

The game I’m most obsessed with right now is Ruzzle. I found it on a foray through the app store, and now I can’t stop playing it. I’ve gotten better with time. Lynn W started out beating the tar out of me, but I’ve evened up the score. And I’ve gotten Karen hooked on it -- gotta keep the opponents coming!

Bobbie got me hooked on WWF and then sicced her sister on me. I like to think I’m good with words, but I get stomped regularly by Claudia, Laura, Carol, Terri, and Janet. Guess I’m learning humility! I’ve always been a trivia buff, and Quiz Board is right up my alley. Finding opponents isn’t easy, however. Then I discovered Linda, my cousin’s wife, is a Quiz Boarder. Bring on the games, baby!

Although I focused in these pages mostly on games I play on my phone, I have to give a shout-out to Pogo, the game website introduced to me by Ann way back in 2003. There I discovered, Poppit, Jungle Gin, and Dice City Roller. I’ll never get those hours back! And I don’t want to forget my beloved Seminoles who have played some of the most exciting football games known to man -- or woman!

game - n., any contrivance, arrangement, or contest intended to furnish sport, recreation, or amusement; frolic; play; any specific amusement or sport involving competition under specific rules; a single contest in such a competition; the art or quality of playing at any sport; any test of skill, courage, or endurance

Computer games don’t affect kids; I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music. -- Marcus Brigstocke

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