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I've never been a soldier. I was an air cadet once, but that mostly involved sitting in a mouldy hut learning about aeroplane engines with the hint that one day we might go flying.

Yet, anyone who has spent time defending their nation, or at least drinking bromide-laced-tea for their nation, must have stories to tell. Tell them now.

(, Thu 23 Mar 2006, 18:26)
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Chase the Ace
This is not a story of dashing heroic adventure of dogfights and camraderie in the skies, but the simple card game played over a few hands before the real gambling games of poker or blackjack get underway. (Chase the Ace - Google it. A simple "one card poker" game. Lowest card loses.)

I was over at a mate's place catching up for the first time in a year since his joining the army. A handful of his fellow grunts turn up (full-kit no less. They obvioulsy take their killing and wounding SERIOUSLY).

Ends up being a night made of it - an ale or six and a couple of war stories, then we get down to playing a few games of cards. I intoduced them all to Chase the Ace as a warmer-upper before we got down to the real business of me lightening their wallets.

Well, we didn't get past playing Chase the Ace - they loved it so much that they wanted to keep playing and playing and playing. Then playing some more..... all EIGHT straight hours of it. And nothing else. Each one in turn would tell me how great that game is "cos you gotta keep thinking", "how much you have to think about the game" and "going through all the strategies on how to win" ..... WTF..?

Maybe if I showed them Old Maid or Donkey they would have struggled...???

As far as Girth goes, they had me beat hands down - there were none more thicker than those boys..!
(, Mon 27 Mar 2006, 5:00, closed)

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