When my parents purchased our cabin in 1960, there was a shelf of books under the stairs. It has remained there. Zane Grey novels, old Reader's Digest magazines, Coronet magazines, all from the 1940's and 50's. One of the books - How to Play Canasta - has also been patiently waiting for someone to pick it up. This past week I did. For the first time ever.
I had heard Canasta was really hard to play, so I was never interested, but for some reason I decided now is the time to learn it. So I began to read it and found that it is not that hard to play. There are a lot of rules to remember - which we sometimes forget and have to refer to the book - but it is a great game for two. Except when one of those two is Don Norton, who is very good a cards and ruthless too. I get just enough good cards to make me think I am going to beat him, but he usually wins.
We played every night at the cabin and we now at least understand the game. And we learned it the old-fashioned way - we read a book!
Then we learned another game - Machiavelli - from Annelle King. It is an equally fun and challenging game, very similar to a game we play with the Dunlavys and Martis called Rumicube. Don equates it with chess, as one has to consider many aspects of how the cards go together to win. I found it equally as fun, and it has many fewer rules to remember. Not a bad thing for old people!