Has anyone else played this game?
I played Authors constantly, right up until leaving home, taking a deck with me much in the way others brought their tarot decks to college. But I never encountered anyone who had even heard of the game, much less played it, and have not since. Even before leaving home, Authors seems to have become somewhat of an esoteric game. None of my cousins ever played it, and had no interest in learning to, when I'd suggest it on holidays held at our house. So I never played Authors with anyone except my brother and sister, a few people at school -- and in high school my best friend, who was as much a book-and-reading fool as I was.
Today it's deep freeze here, perfect context for me still being sick -- since November 7, fer pete's sake! Every time I feel better and then go out, the next day I feel as miserable as I ever did. That happened yesterday after getting to see clips of Treme's new season on Wednesday night. Nevertheless we are having Thanksgiving and we both have enormous amounts for which to be thankful, thank goodness! :)
As I leisurely begin preparations for dinner I have been thinking of Thanksgivings past.
Some still particularly stand out in memory, several of them in New Mexico.
One of the very best was with a collection of amigos / amigas at a cabin without plumbing or electricity in the Organ Mountains.* The turkeys were wild turkeys, and cooked in an outdoor adobe oven, while everything else was done on a wood burning stove. We were grateful for that stove, particularly after the sun went down. The sky at night! It looked like those over saturated color Sunday School lesson front page of the sky above Palestine at the Nativity. More stars brilliantly sparkling up there than in a jewelry store's diamond case. Knocking back tequila, reciting poetry, dancing to the portable radio, stumbling to the outhouse.
* Had not yet encountered the mighty and gracious el V -- but I have a splendid New Mexico Thanksgiving memory with him included too! Then it was on to creating NYC Thanksgiving memories, as after we met, I didn't stay much longer in NM -- though I did return for a year at one point, which was a tremendous error in judgment on my part. Or -- maybe not. It turned out to get me what I wanted. But there was no way for me to know that would happen, or even to expect it would.