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Front Porch: Oh, the humanity!

Elton John sings, “Sorry seems to be the hardest word,” but in my family, Sorry is the board game we played during every visit to my grandparent’s house.

That’s right; I come from a long line of gamers, and I’m not talking about video games. I’m referring to good old-fashioned, non-electronic board and card games.

At my grandparent’s house, Sorry or a rousing round of Aggravation followed every holiday meal. The coffee would be poured. The kids banished to their own games. And the adults would roll up their sleeves and wage war across the table. Both games lean heavily on the strategy of sending other players back to home or base. My grandpa and my dad were feisty competitors who took fiendish glee in sending their opponents back.

Fueled by caffeine and laughter, the adults bantered, and good-naturedly bickered for hours.

The gaming tradition continued in my parent’s home. I learned everything I need to know about commodities trading by playing Pit with my family.Read more. Cindy Hval, SR

Our family may never be the same after our oldest son bought us Cards Against Humanity for Christmas. Do you enjoy board/card games?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.