Sometimes It’s Good To Play Positive Modifiers… On Yourself!

Today, I was “delighted by ducklings.”


If you’ve ever played the card game Gloom, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! But I’ll assume you don’t know what I’m talking about, so allow me to explain! In this card game, the object is to play positive modifiers on your opponents via the stacking of cards, and keep their family members all alive – and kill off your own families by playing negative modifiers on them. A positive modifier would be, for example, coming into an inheritance, having a tryst on a train, or being delighted by ducklings. Negative modifiers would, of course – be diseases, losing money, falling into wells, getting mauled by tigers, etc. In the Lovecraftian expansion, you can be “tickled by tentacles.” Tentacle porn, anyone? Trust me – you do NOT want this card to be played on you!  This game can be a lot of fun, especially if you get into storytelling mode when you make things happen to your opponents – or pretend your “family” is actually the cast of Friends. Or that the “disturbing handyman” character is actually Schneider, from One Day at a Time.


A “disturbing handyman” on One Day at a Time (Schneider, played by Pat Harrington).

Today, the “positive modifiers” were at Ypsilanti’s North Bay Park, here are some pics… (be warned, some of these may cause your awww-ometers to become overloaded). If you die of cuteness, I’m…really, really sorry! My husband Mike took all of the rest of these pics:


Please note that I’m not an ornithologist, but I believe these geese are called “Greylags.”  Note that a whole group of adults is protecting the babies! It was actually kind of…cool!



See how I saved the cutest pic for last?

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