The club was successful in getting more Fredonia students playing online Scrabble with each other — so successful that no one felt the need to actually meet up and play once the spring semester started. Of course, I will take the blame for not organizing any Scrabble house parties, though no one ever complained that I didn’t.
Thankfully, not all Scrabble groups are as fleeting as the Fredonia Scrabble Guild. Recently, Syracuse resident Mary Carney started the CNY Scrabble Club, which met for the first time two Sundays ago at the DeWitt Community Library in Shoppingtown Mall. The good turnout proved that local residents do feel the need to play Scrabble in person, as well as Carney’s dedication to promoting the club.
I was there to meet Carney and take photos, but was easily convinced into playing a round of Scrabble. I had about an hour free, which was all the time it took to finish a game against Manlius residents Dave and Madeline Bodner (I promised them I wouldn’t use this column as a chance to boast about winning, so I won’t mention the final score).
I had a great time in that hour getting to know Madeline, a retired seamstress, and Dave, an engineer who has been retired from New York Telephone for almost 30 years. “That was about three name changes before Verizon,” he said. I also enjoyed the moderate-paced, respectful play.
Madeline said her husband has taught her to be a pretty good player, admitting, “I’ll never be as good as he.” Dave quipped: “Why, ‘cause I know some really weird words?”
I’m glad I stuck around for a game, and plan to return this Sunday and with at least one friend. I’m officially hooked on “real life” Scrabble thanks to Carney’s club, and can proudly say I recently deleted my Words with Friends app.
Ned Campbell is editor of the Eagle Bulletin. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.