Why learn Mah Jongg or any hobby?

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One message I clearly heard from my mom, was to develop hobbies. She reminded me that “children eventually grow up and don’t need you and that your current career will eventually end.”

Quite frankly I found it hard to believe that I wouldn’t be driving my boys to sports practice and games in the afternoons forever. Or that all my wonderful contacts for marketing projects would eventually retire or become consultants themselves.

But my mom persisted that I think about my future ...

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Defensive Play

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It is football season and so talk is all about the defense and the offense. Well in Mah Jongg play sometimes you are faced with that choice as well. So what do you do and when?

There are no clear cut, stead fast rules. Are you playing in a friendly game at home or are you playing in your regular game where you are playing for $$ and the other ladies will be upset they have to pay because you did ...

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Yes, play with experienced players

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MahJongg beginners always ask me whether they should play with more experienced players. And I respond with the Nike slogan “Just do it “.

If you play with more experienced players, it will teach you interesting game strategies, increase enjoyment, expand your social relationships and most importantly build your self confidence.

I was invited to play with 3 seasoned players, who have been playing for over 25 years. Quite frankly, I was nervous about playing and was tempted to say no and ...

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Which Hand to Play?

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Wait I have to Find a Hand!

How often are you at the table with your group and as you are starting the Charleston someone says ” wait I have not found a hand yet!”  This phrase or some combination is also used almost too frequently and you are sitting there waiting to make a pass and someone is holding things up trying to find that one hand that matches everything on your rack right from the start. It is very rare to begin ...

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My love for games

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I have fond memories of playing games with family and friends throughout my life. During elementary school, I played a lot of card and board games with my dad. Mostly poker, blackjack and scrabble at night. At overnight camp, I would look forward to rain once in awhile, so we could have “Bunko” and stay inside our cabin to play games. My favorite game was Monopoly and I would play for hours.

In college and early working years, I played mainly ...

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What Were You Playing?

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I am frequently asked what hand I was playing once a game is over. Maybe I was showing an exposure or maybe I appeared to have been playing a closed hand. It doesn’t matter sometimes people are curious or could there be more to the question? Or is there more to my answer of not revealing my choice of hands?

I try to be a very defensive player.  I am one of those people who will break up my hand early if I ...

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Thoughts After a Monday Night Mah Jongg Game

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So it has been awhile since I last played with these ladies. You know how it is in the summer — vacations and travel and family seem to upset your routine. Nonetheless I have been playing with another group and doing quite poorly really. It has been frustrating to have great hands and then lose because someone else is luckier at the table. So I had no expectations Monday night. I was happy to see my friends.

I guess I was also not ...

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Mah Jongg Helps You Make Friends

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As we begin to launch this website, I think about how I actually got here. I grew up with my mom playing every Tuesday night as long as I remember. She would feed us dinner early and then make sure everything was neat and tidy. The china tea cups and saucers would be out for later use along with some special cake for dessert. She would set up the table in the living room with the TV tables at the corners and ...

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MahJongg Madness Tournament – my last day

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The Last Day _ Mah Jongg Madness Tampa Tournament

After taking Saturday night off from Mah Jongg and enjoying a nice meal out with my friend, I was ready to finish the tournament in the same positive manner.  All in all this experience was a very good one and it even got me to think about playing in future ones as well.

More than a quarter of the ladies played in an optional mini tournament Saturday night. This was after playing ...

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MahJongg Madness Tournament-my 2nd day

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Day Two – Mah Jongg Madness Tampa Tournament

The day started with a good breakfast and I was ready to continue the positive play of the first night.  Most people playing have been friendly and cheerful although you always get that one or two people that look at the glass half empty instead of half full. It doesn’t matter where you are but this is typical.  My overall impression of the play today is that I was involved in very ...

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