Hmn. I think I'll dig out the cards and challenge H to a game.
If you'd like to give it a shot--and I highly recommend it as a good way to learn all the combinations that make up 15 (hehe)-- you can find the rules here: http://www.hoylegaming.com/rules.php?id=11 . The Hoyle's rules, because in Grandma's world, those were the only rules to games that one could truly count on. When she said, "it all went according to Hoyle," it was the most sincere compliment to organization and clarity.
Here are a couple of phrases Grandma used, and which rubbed off on my play:
"15-2 and the rest don't do."
"15-4 and the rest don't score"
"15-6 and the rest don't mix."
and of course, "HAHAHAHA! SKUNKED you!!"
There's probably more, but I can't think of them at the moment.
The year before I moved from Vancouver to PA, I worked in the British Columbia office of Bankruptcy. Oddly enough, it was a really interesting job (and the building incidentally, was in a fabulous location, right in beautiful downtown Vanouver by the library). Someone had brought in a homemade cribbage board, where it had sat for ages in the lunch room. Only one person played (other than myself), and once he knew that I could play, we would spend our lunchtimes cards in hand. He was an older fellow, having played cribbage for years, and although I wasn't a bad player, he left me in the dust every. single. time. It was humbling. I'm still not quite sure why I couldn't beat him, but I spent about six months trying, and would probably still be doing so if I hadn't moved.
Any games that have left a big impression on you? What are they? Do you have any cribbage stories? Or other game-related memories?