Buy all the Property you can get

I came into this marriage with some different rules. I guess I should have expected that, but still, it was surprising this week when I learned how Susie likes to roll her dice.  I mean, if you land on Water Works or Electric Company, then you are supposed to roll the dice to determine how much you owe to the other guy.

A Game of Chance

A Game of Chance

In Monopoly, I thought the rules were pretty straightforward.  This week, though, the details are revealing some beguiling conflicts.

This week we took out our game.  The weather is very cold, so it fits.

By the way, Monopoly is not a great game to expose to your children if you are wondering if they are spending too much time thinking about money.  Monopoly is all about money.  It is hard to imagine a game that could lead to more of an obsession about money that Monopoly.

It turns out that we have both made some of the same decisions about how to improve the game, however.  We both play that a player who lands on “Free Parking” gets all of the dollars in the center of the board.  We both ignore the rule about having to let the other player buy a property if you land on it but choose not to buy it.

There are fewer and fewer moments left for me to expound some great wisdom to my children without worrying about being exposed shortly thereafter.  Certainly, John’s notion that I play data and fix cars for a living is already have dispelled.  John is also learning to play chess, and right now, I don’t have much advice left aside from develop your pawns and advance your knights.

I advised Rosie – “buy all the property you can get, even if you spend down all of your money.” And that was in the ballpark of being good advice.  Rosie got monopolies on Park Place-Boardwalk and the orange neighborhood near free parking.  That, coupled with steady railroad cash flow, let her crush John’s dark green and light blue monopoly combination.

Monopoly, though, is a game with a winner and a loser.  When John rolled a 5 from his spot on North Carolina Avenue, it appeared that he would pass go and live longer, avoiding the string of hotels that Rosie had amassed at corner (dark blue and purple.)  He got Chance. It read “advance token to boardwalk.” John owed Rosie $1450. Kaput.

His smile dropped.  He could lose.  I added up his mortgage values, and it didn’t work.  John was realizing, quickly, that he was going to lose, and to his sister.

“I feel real bad,” he said.

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