Ah yes, where does all the money go?
I would spend hours on the front porch with my friends taking turns rolling the die, moving the token around and landing on random dates and taking a card from the pile. The bills and other miscellaneous events were represented by two stacks of cards situated in the middle of the board and featured creditors with names like Dr. I.M. Blurd.
I’d whiz through month after month on the board living for the moment when pay day came. Since I grew up playing the original version, it did not include a loan option like the current version. At the time, it never occurred to me to wonder about savings or loans. I was happy just to play household CFO.
I would burn through my wages just as quickly as the month seemed to pass because I kept arriving on those damn days when a bill arrived, but would get it all back the following month without fail. The biggest problem was receiving a large bill from a medical doctor every once in awhile, but other than this kind of arbitrary pecuniary drama, there were no other surprises. Life was good.
At the time, I thought it was great fun. I couldn’t wait to grow up and become a full-time debtor. Little did I realize that my life as an adult would actually become the game of Pay Day with some additional twists and turns that the game never prepared me for.
There weren’t any cards representing job lay offs, termination, double digit national and state unemployment, bankruptcy, divorce, catastrophic personal injury and/or illness, foreclosure, repossessed vehicles, or loss of all life savings due to a mismanaged economy by an out of control federal government. Had these sort of realities been included in the game, Parker Brothers would have been doing everyone in my generation a tremendous favor.
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