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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Perfect Risk Game

When I made Aliyah, I came with a trunk (the same one I took to camp 10 years earlier) and a knapsack.

(It's kind of mindboggling to think about what I've accumulated since then....)

Anyway, I brought only a few essential books (The Tao of Pooh, Free to Be You and Me, The New Our Bodies Ourselves [which a friend gave to me at my Aliyah party], Kodokan Judo, A siddur [prayer book] and a Chumash [Bible]).

I also brought my favorite game: Risk.

Sometime during my first or second year in Israel, I played my last Risk game.

It was while I was living in the Katamonim, back when we were the ONLY Angos living in the Katamonim. (If you walked down Antigonus Street and asked where the "Americaim" lived, you would be directed to our place).

We were four players. Three women (two Barnard graduates) and one man.

During the first half of the game, we women united and pushed our male friend off the map.

Then, we each conquered two continents and declared world peace.

Interestingly, we are ALL still friends today.

Obvious Conclusion: If women ruled, there would be world peace.

We played the ultimate Risk game.

It just doesn't get better than that.


Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,
RivkA

5 comments:

Aliza said...

I agree about the part of women ruling and peace. Do you know about the money called Bonobons

Aliza Zutra
Barnard '63

RivkA with a capital A said...

Aliza -- what are Bonobons???

Aliza said...

Sorry I meant monkey. Not sure how you spell it

RivkA with a capital A said...

Aliza -- I still don't know what that is.... (monkey or money, I've never heard of Bonobons)

adatshalom said...

From Wikipedia

The Bonobo (IPA: /bəˈnoʊboʊ/, Pan paniscus), until recently usually called the Pygmy Chimpanzee (and less often the Dwarf or Gracile Chimpanzee),[3] is one of the two species making up the chimpanzee genus, Pan. The other species in genus Pan is Pan troglodytes, or the Common Chimpanzee. Although the name "chimpanzee" is sometimes used to refer to both species together, it is usually understood as referring to the Common Chimpanzee. Bonobos are endangered, and are found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Along with common chimpanzees, Bonobos are Humans' closest living relatives.

The species is distinguished by relatively long legs, a matriarchal culture, and the prominent role of sexual activity in its society.