It would be a lot easier if their were rules on how to play Mah Jongg with ettiquette. But since there are none, I hope these blogs will give a little help and insight into some things you might want to change during your game.
Golden Rule #15: Be considerate by keeping food and drink off the Mah Jongg table. If you enjoy some treats, please remember before touching the tiles to wipe your hand’s, dear peeps.
We can all agree that playing at different venues changes the availability of food at one’s game.
Here is a list I’ve complied:
- A senior center that provides a water dispenser but doesn’t allow you to bring in food or drink
- A restaurant such as Panera Bread where you can order a full meal while playing
- A community clubhouse with card room that has no restrictions on food
- A community clubhouse that provides an array of drinks and snacks all tempting enough on which you want to put your paws
- A cruise where food and beverages are available 24 hours
- At a private home
If you are playing at a venue that doesn’t allow food or drinks, this rule can be kept for future use when your situation might change. However, what if you are playing at one that does or provides a plethora of treats at your disposal? Things can get messy or even rude. Here are some of the food complaints I’ve heard:
- I don’t want anyone touching my brand-new tiles while eating.
- I don’t want an open cup on the table; it might tip over and dirty my table cover or tiles.
- Gross…those finger lickers are touching my tiles and putting their germs all over them.
- I’m not too fond of it when he or she is chewing obnoxiously on their food.
- I wouldn’t say I like it when he or she brings a meal and eats it while playing.
If this sounds like something you’ve experienced, there are some simple solutions to implement whether playing in a private or public venue:
- Set the rules ahead of time. We are not children and should be able to discuss these things in a friendly manner.
- A break time to socialize and enjoy my food or your food, before, during, or after the game
- You allow snacks and drinks on snack trays but remind everyone to use napkins
- If playing with a 5th player (a bettor), everyone agrees that when he or she is out of the game, that’s a perfect time for them to eat
- Practice those good habits and behaviors which you should be getting pretty good at by now.
- Use your napkin frequently
- Chew with your mouth closed
- Wash your hands during a break
- Adhere to your group’s rules
What are some of your food stories, and how did you resolve them? Leave a comment here or on Facebook.
Golden Rule #16 coming soon. Don’t forget to read the previous blogs as well! And of course, don’t forget to keep my Golden Rules handy. If you think someone needs a little help with their habits or behaviors, you can pull out your sheet and say, “Hey guys, look what the teacher says!”
Happy Mah Jongging, everyone!