During my childhood in the 60s, my parents graced us kids with a huge collection of board games; which meant that we spent many memorable weekends in spirited matches of Monopoly, Clue or even marathon sessions of Risk. Being the youngest of the brood, I frequently lost... and when I won, I dare say it was likley due to them "letting me win". Yes I have come to accept that fact now.
Except for one game I remember fondly. It couldn't be fixed and I loved playing it over and over.
For I was Aces at "Chop Suey".
Ideal manufactured this in 1967; a plastic bowl on a wind-up pedestal, with various plastic shapes dropped inside. As the bowl turned, the pieces jumped and hopped about - squares, cones, rings, balls, some nigh impossible to grasp, even when not performing their best imitation of a Mexican Jumping Bean. Each player attempted to retrieve the most shapes with plastic chopsticks before the bell rang and the bowl stopped turning. Simple, but challenging.
I won a lot.
But then again, I often played alone, my youthful OCD pushing me to continually beat my own best time and efforts.
Proof that I Reigned Supreme (it is a shame really, that the game never came equipped with a gold medal, crown, or other regal accoutrement; for I surely had earned it) is the fact that ever since, I am deftly able to eat asian food with chopsticks; even single grains of white rice end up in my mouth and not adorning my lap.
A feat I have tried repeatedly to demonstrate to hubby and daughter; sadly, to little success. After a few futile attempts they grab their tined forks, hunger limiting their patience to a few brief nanoseconds.
I should have kept that game.... not because I recently found one on eBay that sold for $35. No, perhaps if we still played it, my family would be able to keep up with my Superior Bamboo Stick Prowess.
But I highly doubt it.
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