Voices of the Bar 3/5/15: What was your favorite game to play as a kid?

We couldn’t be more excited about the BBF’s Casino Night for Summer Jobs coming up on March 12. There will be appetizers, a silent auction, and a magician — but, of course, the main attraction is the array of games, from Texas Hold ‘Em to roulette, that transform 16 Beacon Street into a virtual two-level casino.

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:

“What was your favorite game to play as a kid?”

If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Gabrielle Guarracino at gguarracino@bostonbar.org.

Amanda K. Notarangelo – Holland & Knight LLP
“When my brother and I were kids, in addition to playing the usual board games at home, our parents invented games to keep us entertained (and well behaved) in the car. My favorite of these was “I see the bridge!”. Whenever we were driving to or from the Cape, the first person to see the Sagamore Bridge and yell “I see the bridge!” won. The fact that there was no actual prize didn’t stop us from taking the game very seriously.”

Cole M. Young – Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP
“Monopoly was always my go-to (and still is).  I am pretty sure no one ever knew the exact rules so, as you played, you were able to make them up as you went along.  Plus, there were always a few people who “had enough” after a few hours.  So, if you could hang in there, you were bound to win at some point.  I once declared a “merger,” which meant I was teaming up with the other person who was losing pretty badly and we simply combined our money and property.”

Michael B. Abasciano – Floyd Advisory
“My favorite game to play as kid was “Sharks and Minnows”.  My friends and I were all on the swim team and very competitive so we had a lot of fun playing.  We would play all the time, whether it be before or after swim practice or at my friend’s pool in the summer.  We’d even find ways to play in the ocean.  Thankfully none of us drowned, but our competitive nature certainly yielded several skirmishes and bumps and bruises along the way.”

Joshua D. Nadreau – Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen P.C.
“By far my favorite and the most memorable game I played as a kid was the almost daily Scrabble matches with my grandmother. Not only was it fun, but it taught me from an early age the importance of spelling and a strong vocabulary. As an endorsement to Casino Night (which everyone should attend), I’ve played my fair share of Texas hold’em over the years as well.”

Deborah Silva – Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
“One of my favorite games to play when I was a kid was a card game – Rummy 500 – which I used to play with my mother.  She was a very competitive card player and I almost always lost, which was very frustrating at times, but I couldn’t resist the challenge.  On the few occasions when I did win, the victory was all that much sweeter because of the tough battle.  Now I play cards with my daughter and she is a fierce competitor, too – just like her grandmother!”

Christopher D. Strang – Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young LLP
“I didn’t play games as a child…I was busy getting ready to be a lawyer.”


Jennifer L. Mikels – Duane Morris LLP
“Monopoly Junior – I liked owning the purple board spaces!”