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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Mah Jongg Playlist

Marlon Brando sings "Luck Be a Lady Tonight"

Has mah jongg ever made you feel like singing?  Somewhat to my embarrassment, it has for me.  It seems that at the most inopportune times I burst into song - and practically give my hand away.  I have a veritable playlist in my head during mahjongg games - it would make a great musical!

For example, when I open, a Motown classic comes to mind - It's Gonna Take a Miracle by the Marvelettes.  When you hear me singing that song, it means I have no jokers.  So many tiles - consecutive run?  But which one? 

Okay.  Flowers, one dot, two bam, three crak. But I don't have any flowers and I only have one three crak.  Time to sing that old Dusty Springfield favorite:

The passing ends, the play starts.  Time for Carol King - So Far Away, right?  The two bams start going out,aaaggghhh... So I try to change my hand to the 2013 hand.  I throw a 2 bam, then pick a joker.  

I still need a flower, there are none on the the table.  
Someone else must be playing them.  

I pick another two bam.  
I don't have my soap yet and suddenly the flowers start going after the other.  Someone calls and puts up four flowers.  Two are on the table, then three, then I pick the soap.

I throw out my discard and someone calls for mahj!  I say "very nice" but I'm really thinking......

Do you sing while you play?  Or does your unconscious mind give you away in a different way?  Tell us about it!