Recently my husband and I have been playing several rounds of Mexican Train dominos every day. A few rounds with breakfast, after the comics and NYT crossword. Another few rounds after dinner, when TV enters the vast wasteland of prime time drek.
We are enjoying the face-to-face social aspects of the game and the friendly competition. We exchange gentle insults and do our best to block each other’s plans for game domination. All in the spirit of fun. Even if he is winning most of the game.
Unexpected side effects
What we didn’t expect was the effect all this tile handling would have on Armand’s hands. He suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome with a great deal of numbness in his fingers. The arthritis in his wrists and hands is also painful and limits his dexterity. After just a few weeks of regular tile flipping he is noticing a marked improvement in his dexterity and a significant increase in sensation in those numb fingers. Such a happy side effect of a very pleasant activity. It pays to play, every day.