Dear Blog Readers,
We have become the kind of blogger we never wanted to be — the kind who has a "read our blog" button on our website but the newest post is months old. We blame Facebook for this — it's so much easier to write something there and we seem to have more followers there than we did here on the blog. Still, we can't quite bring ourselves to give it up altogether yet — so instead, we're posting this little note to explain our lack of current entries. Please do check out our facebook page, we think it's fun, if not quite as long form.
sincerely, the Joie de Blogger.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tiddlywinks- "Siimplified"

I was sitting at my desk in back yesterday and heard riotous laughter coming from the front. After awhile I had to investigate - didn't want to miss out on any really good jokes. Nancy and Julia were reading something, helpless with laughter. What was it? It was - the densely written (in small print), four page pamphlet titled "The Rules of Tiddlywinks as Approved by the English Tiddlywinks Association." Under that impressive title was "Simplified Rules, " and some of the subsections: The Winks and the Squidger, Squopping, Potting Out, and Foul Shots and Foul Play. And, the British are obviously serious about tiddlywinks - just in case 4 pages of instructions wasn't enough, the fourth page ended with the following: Further information is available from the English Tiddlywinks Association. Contact House of Marbles for their address. Our take: by the time you understand the rules, the players have lost interest. But you can always play the old fashioned American way - the player who gets the most tiddlywinks into the cup wins. Feel free to ask us to see these instructions - they're pretty funny!

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