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Domino effect

Posted: February 15, 2011 - 11:46am
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Elsie Dotzler was overjoyed earlier this month during a game of dominoes at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd.  Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
Elsie Dotzler was overjoyed earlier this month during a game of dominoes at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center in Brainerd.

Do the phrases Mexican Train or double dominoes mean something to you?
If they do, then you are probably a dominoes player. They speak a language of their own, inter-mixed with laughter and hollering.
Jackie found the domino group at 1 p.m. on a Tuesday at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. She felt right at home as she was not the only one who had not played before, but had an interest in learning.
The afternoon began with deciding which dominoes game the group wanted to play. Once that was chosen, playing the game began. Jackie selected her dominoes and was able to play on her first turn. Others had to draw to get the domino that they needed to begin playing. Comments were made as to how you can help each other get going; or if you are competitive, you may choose not to help another person. A lively discussion followed on the value of morals in playing dominoes!
After playing two games of dominoes, it was time to go home. The group let Jackie know that some would be at the center to play again the next day. Not everyone in the Tuesday’s group could make it back again the next day, but a couple said that they would be.
Jackie decided that a second day would be good practice for her, so she attended dominoes on Wednesday at 1 p.m. also. This time around, they decided to play Mexican Dominoes, where you use small train engines to signify whether you can play or not. It was a fun group again with the enthusiasm catchy from one person to another. Laughter rang down the hall; everyone enjoyed each other’s company and playing dominoes!
Jackie encourages others to become part of the domino effect. Stop in on a Tuesday or Wednesday at 1 p.m. and join the domino group. The fun is catchy, you will find yourself meeting new people and learning a game that you can play with friends or family.
The senior center is located at the corners of Eighth and Kingwood streets, on the north side of Brainerd. Stop in for a tour, the coffee is always on and you’ll find great people who enjoy the activities that they are there to participate in. Once you come in you too, will be caught up in the domino effect and you’ll be coming back for more.

DEANN BARRY is the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center director.