A Chihuahua Blessing
It’s one of those things that is destined to happen. Our Bruno the Chihuahua passed away on May 1, 2019, leaving behind an ocean of tears but many really great memories. I’ve heard that a Chihuahua is a one person dog. Not true. What Bruno managed to do was make you believe you were the most important being in his life. When he pranced around the room he made each of us feel that way. In this photo he is snuggling with Dot at a family Christmas celebration. Bruno often sat on someones lap as we played American Hand n Foot. Some of us often suspected him of being a spy and would somehow pass information on to others playing the game what was being held by the person who’s lap he was sitting in!
The following question was asked of us recently:
It’s not clear, when at the start of the game, if we are supposed to turn up 1 card, 3 cards, or no cards onto the discard pile?
If you have had the same question or similar, this is the answer:
Your question is a good one, I confess that it is one that we didn’t discuss after going over the game’s directions many times and making revisions when we thought something needed to be better defined!
The answer to your question is that you turn over “none” to begin. The first card that is shown face up is the first player’s discard.
Our Flag Card IS unique, folks, but wait a minute. As our directions state (partial copy above) it can be changed back and forth “within the same table group” at any time PRIOR to closing the book. At the time of closing the player declares the book to be either “red” or “black”. This means the card stays in the place as originally played. It is not to be picked up from where it was played and moved to another set of cards. Like is often said, “a card laid is a card played” and that applies in this case as well!
Greetings on this glorious day! Joan and I are signing in to wish all of you a very Happy Easter. It’s going to be a good one, no matter where you are residing. Here in the upper midwest we have been blessed with some long awaited bright sun. We have green plants poking themselves through the soil and reaching for the warmth and light of the sun. Each spring it’s such a joy to watch these plants and trees come alive once again!
Game Break for Photo at Palm Gardens
We’ve enjoyed playing American Hand-N-Foot for several years and were happy to bring it the the Rio Grande Valley this winter. Our friends at Palm Gardens love the game and will be playing it long after we leave.
Wendell E and Sharon E. Story
My wife and I are avid card players. We enjoy playing two-handed games, just between us or playing as partners against other teams. We have played variations of Rummy, to include Canasta, Gin Rummy and Wild Rummy. Canasta proved to be quite a challenge and we soon gave up on it. In October 2018, we, along with about 20 of our fellow alumni from the East Saint Louis Sr High School Class of 1976, went on a cruise to commemorate us all turning 60 years old. During this 8-day cruise, we were introduced to the American Hand-n-Foot game. Because of our previous exposure to the various types of Rummy games, and of course, your special cards, we caught on right away and LOVE IT! One of our fellow travelers gave us one of your business cards. We ordered our own set immediately after returning from the cruise. We, now are owners of a travel business and, as we travel, this game will go where we go. Earlier I stated that we LOVE THE GAME… to be honest, its more like an addiction that we don’t want to be cured of. Thank you for your hard work and persistence in developing this game to perfection. God bless you with much success.
Wendell and Sharon Ellis
Fairview Heights, Illinois
Vacationing? Take a game with you when you go.
The following is a snipit from an article which was written in our local suburban newspapers:
One of Aunt Norma’s granddaughters had a friend in the military and she sent one of the games to him. He grew to love the game as did others and it gained widespread popularity at the base where he was stationed.