Paul Cézanne - Les joueurs de carte (1892-95)
As a soon-to-be graduate, nostalgia made me think about what forms of tools I have used for enjoyment. Alcohol naturally played a key role in socializing, and what’s better than making it a fun and collaborative effort through games? I can assure you, that most college students probably have at least one deck of cards at home. The variations are endless.
Before I came to college, I wasn’t aware of many card games. My favorite has always been UNO.
Freshmen year, I learned that UNO was not as great of a drinking game as King’s is. The latter is a fun and interactive game filled with motions. A great advantage of the game was the vast amount of players that were able to play at a time.
Sophomore year was marked by “F*ck the Dealer”. It’s not as vulgar as it sounds, guys. This one was the ultimate drinking game for me. The unlucky loser would have to drink large amounts of liquor at once. Hence, that loser would usually be upset and blame it on the dealer.
Junior year my friends and I played “Up and Down the River”. It’s easy, fast and unpredictable. If the players were focused enough, the game would be amusing enough to play for an hour or two.
Senior year is the year where “Rummy 500” might have taken over my free time. This one’s different; I don’t drink to it. Along with another enthusiast, we struggle in finding a blank piece of paper that has not been used for scorekeeping yet.
These card games signify different times, friends and locations in college for me. Now, I have basically given up drinking and only sip on beers during the big festivities. Concentrating on "Rummy 500" in my last year has been a fun way to challenge my brain, and you know what? It’s a sign of growing up.
I don’t play card games anymore only in anticipation of going out, I play card games because they’re exciting. I found that shuffling cards acted as some sort of relaxation tool. Recently I learned how to play solitaire in reality, not the virtual one, just to pass time. When I retire, I can see myself playing cards all day long with friends. Except we would be drinking Prune juice instead of taking shots of vodka and “chasing” it with orange juice.