Carpe Diem!

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Now that the 2015 NMJL card is nearing the end of its life, it’s time to make some resolutions for the new card. In the world of Mah Jongg, we are actually approaching the beginning of a new year. So it’s time to reflect on what we have all accomplished this past year and make some resolutions for the 2016 year.

I’ve talked to many players who have a weekly game, and a few who play several times a week in different games. Most who play Mah Jongg regularly are eagerly awaiting the new card, as we have memorized the hands on the 2015 card, and might have made many of them.  I’ve also spoken with a few who are lamenting that they hardly played this year. Schedules are often so filled with employment, family obligations, and other leisure activities that there isn’t much time for Mah Jongg. Some feel that on the rare occasion they played Mah Jongg, they didn’t play well as they didn’t know the card or their skills were rusty. One said she “won” the first two games she played after a hiatus of several months, but she exposed closed hands. Those players wish for a little more time to play.

Some players track the hands they have made on the current card. Many haven’t quite made all of the hands. They want a few more games to try to complete the 2015 card. Other players say they play the same hands too many times, and want to try more difficult hands, or more closed hands. Some have said they want to learn to play more defensively. The thought of playing in a tournament has scared some who haven’t participated in one before, but they are thinking about signing up for one. Some want to play more aggressively and take more chances. Others want to try Siamese Mah Jongg, or play for money.


So whatever your resolution for the New Year and the new card, there’s no time like the present. Carpe Diem!

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  1. Maddy  August 5, 2016

    Where are there games in Haverford, Wynnewood, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Swarthmore, or general area?

  2. Sue  August 6, 2016

    Hi Maddy,
    We have a Tuesday afternoon game and every other Sunday at Reformation Lutheran Church accross the street from Rose Tree Park at 252 and Rt 1. Go to if you would like to join us.

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