An Old Mah Jongg Set is Reborn
Last week our local newspaper highlighted www.MahJonggmentor.com and the partners who created it. (If you didn’t get to see it, check out our facebook page or in our “testimonial” section of the website to read the article). We’ve had some great feedback from it, and many new members join our site, but there is one person especially that I want to thank.
Bob Stern lives in my home town and contacted me after seeing the article, to ask if I would be interested in his mother’s MahJongg set. Of course, I said yes, and went over to his home to check it out. He told me that he had resurrected it out of the basement, when he saw in the article that we play regularly right here in Media (our hometown). He said his mother, Eleanor Stern, had loved the game so much, and also played every week. She has since passed away, but he wanted to have the set get used again in honor of his mother.
I took the set home, dusted it off, cleaned it up, and checked it out to see if it is a “playable” set. Unfortunately, the jokers are all a different color than the rest of the tiles, and it even has a bird bam (or is it a flower?) of a different set as a “makeshift” 8th joker. So of course, that won’t do.
Then I saw that some of the tiles had some stickers on them, but not labeled as jokers. They actually were little flowers on them, so I at first thought that they were makeshift flowers. But underneath the sticker some were blank, and some were the real flowered tiles, hmmmm. I wonder if they were intended to sub in as additional jokers?.
There were also some in a separate plastic baggie, not in the case. I set them up to check each tile. And found that I had a decision to make. The flowers are beautiful, and all 16 are there. Should I use 8 of those for the missing jokers? If I order stickers and cover 8 of the flowers with joker stickers, will it hurt the flowers ultimately? I went on line and ordered some.
As soon as they arrive I’ll take the set to our MJ club and share the story with our regular MahJongg ladies. I can’t wait to play with the set, in honor of Eleanor Stern.