One of my favorite memories of my grandparents has to do with dominoes. Whenever we would visit their house, we would play dominoes; right after dinner. Actually, after dinner you could have a choice of pecan cookies, sherbet, or ice cream (pecan praline was a standard option). We would clear off the table and get out the dominoes. We played double sixes with four players. Maybe there were more than four players on occasion, maybe fewer. We would all turn them pip-side down and someone would say, "You shake 'em, I'll bake 'em." That means one person would shuffle them all around on the table and then the person next to them would choose their dominoes first.
Whoever had the highest double would start-it's called the spinner. Then we'd take turns going around the table playing a domino or drawing from the bone yard. We kept score with X's. Half the X equaled five points. Then when you scored another five points, you crossed over the one line to make the full X.
Getting together at our family reunion reminder me of dominoes (even though we didn't play). Then my younger brother asked me if I had the app for my phone. He introduced me to a free dominoes app with different playing options. You could play the computer, play a friend through Facebook or Twitter, or you could challenge a random opponent. I played the computer a few times and then sent out a challenge.
The computer matches you up with random people that you can play. You take turns and it stores the game play for whenever you come back to it. There is also a chat function that you can use if you feel like talking to the person you are playing with. I don't typically start chats, but I am more than okay with a little back and forth while the game is going on. Usually it's just a simple "good game" or "taking a break, see you later."
A few days later I was playing again. This time it was about 7:15 on a Sunday morning. I was playing Dominoes while the kids were watching TV and I was attempting to wake up. My user name in the game is the same as my Twitter handle (MamaRabia) so I assumed that's why this guy asked, "What's up mama?" It escalated rather quickly after that!