Greeting cards. How can this post not be about greeting cards? Except I’ve already written a post about how I’m just a WEE bit enthusiastic about the greeting card section. Shoot, Hallmark could hire me as a cheerleader for their aisles. Well, more Shoebox than Hallmark, but you get the idea.

So if not greeting cards, how about playing cards? Yeah, we’ll do that one.

I have a love/hate relationship with playing cards. I mean, I like to think of myself as an intelligent person, but then you drop some variation of poker into the mix and I realize I’m 100% flummoxed. By a card game. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. Pride goeth before a fall and all that jazz.

Ironically, I also despise card games that are too simple. Go Fish? No thanks, I’ll just sit here and watch the paint dry, thank you very much. Not a huge fan of War either. It’s basically one long example of > or < and I’ve already finished third grade.

You know the card that throws me? The Joker. How many are in the deck, what’s their real job, when to use them and when to weed them out…the devil’s in the details. And the ace. When ace is high, when it’s low, when it does the mambo. Just kidding, our aces don’t dance, though I do know a pretty cool kid by the name who might be willing to give it a try.

I like a lot of card games that don’t use traditional playing cards. Uno’s pretty fun although it can get surprisingly cutthroat when played with family. I also really like Five Crowns – though I just realized that breaks my traditional playing cards rule because they use the same system. But they’re a special deck made just for the game and they have really cool designs so totally different, right? Right.

But if there’s one thing that sits firmly in the stroke inducing category for me it’s building a house of cards. I’ve never tried this – I know myself well enough to realize that’s pure insanity – but watching someone else do it ratchets up my blood pressure like you wouldn’t believe. Just like Jenga.



Linda’s hosts Saturday’s stream of consciousness prompt. This week’s prompt is “card. Use it any way you like.”