This Ain't Your Neighborhood Dominoes

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 02, 2014

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Flag of Guyana  , Demerara-Mahaica,
Friday, February 22, 2013

Last night was the long awaited Embassy domino tournament.  One of my maintenance crew members had approached me with the idea a couple of months ago.  He told me the last time there was a tournament the Facility Management crew won.  He worked with the CLO and the FSNAG to pull the tournament together.

The night was the eve of Mashramani.  That is a Guyanese festival celebrating the country's Independence.  It comes from an Amerindian word that means "job well-done."  We did not get to see the exotic costumes because Leslie was not feeling well.  Maybe next year.

Going into the night there were four teams of nine players each.  However, due to some last minute maneuvering and deal making, there ended up being three teams of six players each.  The teams represented Facility Management, General Services Office, and Management.

Far be it from me to truly understand the intricacies of dominoes.  After all, when I played dominoes as a child it was to imitate the hallway and doors from the opening of the television show, Get Smart.  When I tired of that game I would simply stack the dominoes on end in curving lines only to watch them fall one-by-one after pushing the first one.  So I am definitely not an expert in the game.

Dominoes come in sets of 28.  Here in the Caribbean they play with three players in each game.  Each player draws seven dominoes which leaves seven out of play.

The dominoes are held in the hands, five in one and two in the other to start.  The player holding the double six begins the game.  If no one has it then they use the double five and so on.  Play continues until one player plays their last tile and shouts domino!  If the last tiles cannot be played then the player with the lowest total of spots in their hand is the winner.

To the uninitiated this may sound rather boring.  That simply means the uninitiated has not watched the game in the Caribbean.  Here, nearly every tile that is played is slammed onto the table with such force one fears the dots will come off or the tile will crack in two.  The slamming is not complete without some yelling and boasting.  It is very easy to get caught up in the frenzied excitement.

As the games last night continued to the final round, the Facility Management team and the General Services Office team found themselves tied.  In an exciting climax the finish was 54-52 in favor of the Facility Management team.  As the team captain I was given trophy.  The inscription read "Embassy of the United States of America CLO & FSNAG Ambassador's Inter-Department Dominoes Tournament 2013 Winner".  The Facility Management team was very proud.

Maybe next time I will play.  Then again, maybe I will just set up a "Get Smart" hallway again.
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Elaine and Lou on

Looks like a great time and lots of interesting people. Congradulations on your win.

tlvice on

It really was a lot of fun.

Joleen Juvera on

Never knew there could be so much excitement in dominoes...Looks like a great pass time..Nice trophy!!!!!!!

tlvice on

Yep! It's in my office now!

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