One of the gifts that my son Braiden got for Christmas was the board game “Life” (I think you have to be 30 or older to know what a “board game” is). With todays video games and electronic gadgets to keep me busy it had been a long time since I sat down and played a board game and “Life” was one of my favorites. Milton Bradley has given the game a modern look, with updated game board, salaries, changed the cars to min-vans and updated game play. Now you don’t just go down the college path and land on a career, if you chose that route you are immediately $100,000 in debt before you take your first turn. Also you have career cards so every player has a different profession and salary. You also get periodic raises as you move around the game board, and you can even lose your job which either forces you to go back to college or settle on a non-college carrier depending on how late in “Life” you have to make the change. Also you don’t just stop to get married; you also have to stop to buy a starter home and then your next home. One night after Christmas we sat down with Mollie's parents and brother and played a full game.
The final results:
Mollie’s mom: Went to college, got a job as an Entertainer and retired in first place with $1.615 million.
Mollie: Skipped college and drew the Athlete card, the highest paying non-college graduate job, ending the game making 90K per pay day and finished the game with $1.55 million.
Mollie’s brother Luke: Went to college and became an Accountant, lost that job early, hit his lucky number gambling for 500K before going back to college becoming a Lawyer. He finished third with $1.29 million.
Bard: I went to college and became the Lawyer, however lost my job early, spent some time as a Police Officer, went back to college and became a Computer Designer. Lost over $250K gambling on the wheel and finished fourth with $1.27 million.
Braiden: Went to college and became a Doctor finishing the game making $140K a payday, however finished fifth with $1.26 million because whenever anyone hit the “Win lawsuit with another player for $100K” they picked him because he had money.
Mollie’s dad: Went to college and became a Vet making $80K a payday, but for his first home had to purchase the trailer because it was the only home left, then lost his job late in “Life” and became a Auto Mechanic making $30K a payday and living in the double wide trailer as his permanent home because it was all he could afford. He kept losing money on the wheel trying to get back into the game and finished last with $585K.
Wow, sounds like real life to me. The Entertainer and Athlete make the most money and the Doctor keeps getting sued. I know there is some profound thoughts or “Life” application to be made..however I am still on vacation and my mind is not functioning along those lines. I think it is all the sugar and the fact that I am now facing the daunting task of taking down Christmas. Time to quit writing about Life and get back to it.