Have you ever had a student who seems lost, truly lost, and you wonder what is going on inside hir head?
I knew the game was supposed to be fun, even addicting, if E.F. Benson is to be believed. I couldn’t wait to see what the fuss was about.
I don’t know if it’s because I have little experience with card games, or a brain that isn’t wired the right way, or some combination, but I wasn’t getting it. My tablemates tried to explain unfamiliar terms to me, using other, equally unfamiliar terms and concepts.
One individual (whose personal value system apparently ranks honesty above kindness) opined that I needed to be placed into the remedial class.
But I’m not sure tossing students into the deep end is the best approach. Being that far behind everyone else can be pretty demotivating. I still had a delightful evening, but most college classrooms don’t offer the option of giving up and heading for the bar.
 Many thanks to Leslie and Robin for their hospitality and patience!