Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 08, 2005

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

During the first part of our travels Molly and I played an obscene amount of Scrabble. We would even have to seek out cafes when it got dark at night just so we could finish a game. But when it became too hard to play while driving in the van we brought out hand held Yachtzee and since then become addicted.

On the plane ride over I achieved the high score of 429. That's three yachatzees plus the top half bonus. I sat high and mighty for a good month with that score. But just the other day Molly took over the position of Yachtzee High Score Champion with the amazing score of 441. Amazing.

We can't sit in our house without one of us playing. It's a horrible addiction. And I am at a severe disadvantage since I work every night giving her a solid 5 or 6 hours of straight play. See, when she works in the mornings I am still sleeping or showering or running errands which keep me from attempting to beat the high score.

We're so addicted that we yell "Yachtzee" like the old women yell "bingo." And while we both know that it's the same probability to get a yachtzee with any of the numbers we feel so accomplished when it's all sixes. You know it's going to be a good day when you hear, "Yes! Yachtzee with all sixes!" come from cabin 40.

The other day we calculated the maximum score that could be acheived and there is still hope for me to strip Molly of the title. That, however, would require that I get the maximum number of yachatzees, get four of each number for each individual number category and get all sixes for the 3 and 4 of a kind. It's something to reach for.

But that little AAA battery in there can't hold out forever. I mean it's probably been in there for a couple years. It's got to die one of these days...and with that...the high score will be erased and it will be a level playing field again. But until that day comes, Molly walks with an extra skip in her step and with a certain glow surrounding her.

While I don't see this addiction ending anytime soon I'm sure the day will come when we will have nothing left in us to continue playing. So next time you're in Target (oh how I miss that store) and you walk past the toy/game section and you see a hand held electronic solitare game (any one will do) buy one and send it our way.

Megan Kearney
Queenstown Motorpark
Cabin 40
PO Box 59
New Zealand.

The only thing left to say is: Thank you Bobby! Without your generous donation of your Yachtzee game Molly and I would actually be forced to spend our afternoons watching Knight Rider. Instead you have provided us with a countless number of hours of fun. We think about you everytime we play (and not just because your name is label makered on the back).
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