Boys’ Day Out

We had another one of our “Boys’ Day Out” in one of my high school friend’s house, which we normally do if we have a holiday. Most of the time, we would be complete, but today, one was not able to go since he had to go to the cemetery, along with his family.

Our normal “Day Out” would be basketball, the real one and on PlayStation, but the weather was too hot, so we decided to skip playing real basketball and just stay indoors.

We did not really do “catching up” since we make it a point to have a “Day Out” every holiday. We make it a point to play basketball once a year, at least. I know it does not sound much, but with our hectic schedules, it is the only possible option. We call it our Annual Basketball Series. 

Most of the time, when people hear the term “Boys’ Night Out”, it would mean that there would be booze and girls involved. Our group has been a bit different since we were kids. We don’t drink, nor do we smoke. Our idea of fun usually involves a ball and a hoop suspended 10 feet. Add some fried chicken and lots of rice and we’ll have a good time. Plus, we do it during the daytime, thus the name (Like I really need to explain that).

During this time, we also played a bit of Dutch Blitz. It was the first time I heard, and played the game and I was thinking more of the Game of the Generals type, but it turned out it was a card game.

The game was simple, and it involves a lot of strategies, quickness, hand-eye coordination, and requires  keen observation. The game involves two card “genders”, a Dutch and a Duchess. It is like a game of solitaire, a faster version. The winner would be the first one who would be able to “Blitz” the opponents (players usually are 4). I am not that adept at explaining, so here is a copy of the rules, from http://www.dutchblitz.com:

  The game consists of four decks of 40 cards each, and can be played by two, three or four persons. Each of the four decks has a different design: pump, carriage, pail and plow.

Each player chooses one of these deck designs and keeps it for the duration of the game, regardless of the number of hands played. The faces of these decorative cards are printed in red, blue, yellow and green. The red and blue cards carry a Pennsylvania Dutch Boy illustration. The yellow and green cards carry a Pennsylvania Dutch girl illustration.

Each player builds three basic groups of cards in front of him from which he will play the game. The groups of cards placed in position are referred to as the Post, Blitz and Wood piles. The objective of the game is to accumulate points by building as many cards in sequence, 1 through 10, in the same respective colors in the center Dutch Piles using as many cards as possible from Blitz Pile. The first player to exhaust his Blitz Pile has “Blitzed” his opponents and ended the hand.

Cards for placement in the Dutch Piles can also be drawn from a player’s Post and Wood piles. Several hands must be played until a total of 75 points is accumulated by any one player, who then wins the game.

Speed is essential in winning since everyone plays at the same time! Dutch Blitz is a fast-moving, exciting game for everyone.

   The play area looks like this: 

I can say it was a good card game, maybe because I won most of the time, with my twin brother winning the other games. Someone mentioned a “Monopoly” card game, though we never got the chance to play it. Maybe next holiday? December is just days away and I am sure there would be a lot of holidays then.

We also talked about maybe going out of town for a vacation, though this was still not final, since most of us are too lazy to travel. We are leaning with an overnight stay in the same house, Jedd’s, where we almost always hold our “Day Out”.

I got pictures of the “Day Out” but I was having problem with my USB connection with my Sony Ericsson phone. I’ll try to update with another post or just edit this with some pictures.

I know, our group seems like the Big Bang Theory guys.

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