How to Play Mahjong with Debbie’s Golden Rules of Mah Jongg – Part VI
Learn how to play mahjong with etiquette by following Debbie’s Golden Rules of Mah Jongg – Part VI
We will be discussing Golden Rule #11 in this blog, which can be a sore spot for those at a table with a gum chewer, gum snapper, etc. And, for those of you that missed rules #1-10, please check out these blog series: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and V.
Before we have some fun with Golden Rule #11, I’d like to know, and I’m sure others would too, how you are doing with your habit and behavior changes? Please feel free to comment and share your transformation experiences.
Golden Rule #11: Snap, crackle, and pop are sounds that are better suited to a bowl of Rice Crispies cereal. Leave the gum home, please.
What’s more disrespectful than a player chewing gum around the mah jongg table? Personally, I can’t think of a whole lot more. The art of blowing that big bubble that once pops makes a loud enough noise to get everyone’s attention. Or, the dance that your jaw does when it artfully maneuvers the gum you are chewing into making a continual cracking or snapping sound.
When I think of this bad habit, one of my favorite aunts comes to mind, who, God rest her soul, was an incessant gum cracker-snapper. Although her peers got on her case about it, no sooner than she’d stop, she was right back on it. I guess she needed to read my Golden Rules and the article on habits and behaviors. Since behaviors are unconscious, how do we manifest our thoughts into a good habit? With practice and repetition, of course!
If you are in a situation with a gum aficionado here are my suggestions:
· Mention my Golden Rules during your game.
· Keep several copies of my Golden Rules with you so that you can hand them out during your game.
· Let your playmates know that a longtime teacher and published author of Unlocking the Secrets of American Mah Jongg came up with this humorous and helpful list of Golden Rules to use around the Mahjong table.
· You can further explain that these rules create, etiquette as well as good habits and behaviors.
Looking forward to sharing more with you in the next blog discussing Rule #12 and how to play mahjong with my Golden Rules!
Happy Mah Jongging, everyone!