Steamboat Springs I remember in kindergarten when I got the chicken pox and had to stay home for days.
Rather than turning to the now common resources, the computer and TV, I satisfied myself with an armful of stuffed animals and various games.
Some of my favorite board games were "Candyland," "Chutes n' Ladders" and "Sorry." There were afternoons of chess with my dad, and family game nights filled with Scrabble, Clue and Monopoly.
But as I grew, the classic board games started to change. They started to become available for purchase on a disk. You could just stick it in the computer, select the amount of players and presto, the game is instantly set up.
Instead of spreading out the game board on the floor, spare pieces scattered and the four of us rolling across the carpet with laughter, the character of the game disappeared with the clutter.
Computer games seem to have become more popular than board games. Millions of game Web sites are available, such as Miniclips and www.addictivegames.com. Young people spend hours staring at a screen. Solitaire is played more virtually, on the Web, than with a physical deck of cards.
Board games are a lost pastime, and they have nearly disappeared out of our modern-day culture.
So on behalf of the memories, I'm asking you - to not let these board games go extinct. Challenge your buddies at Risk, Balderdash, Apples to Apples or Worst Case Scenario. You will be sure to get some laughs. Test your skills in Cranium, Pictionary or Catchphrase.
Forget about those glowing machines in the corner for a day and bring back the board games.