I do not know about your neighborhood, but around here the ladies get together every once in a while for certain gatherings. Purse parties, jewelry parties and sometimes Bunco game night. Although I have never played, from what I can gather, Bunco is a game that these ladies fully intend to play, but most times do not and end up drinking the night away instead. That is why many have nicknamed the game “Drunko”.
I found it interesting that among my aquaintances, not one had an “ethnic” player in their Bunco group. Not one person whose name was not easily pronouncable by English speaking Americans was in attendance at any of these gatherings.
I made my point by interviewing about 20 women who play Bunco, and maybe it was coincidental, but only ONE knew of a woman who she thinks is of partly-Asian descent that sometimes plays with her group. Hmmm.
I can see why some people of certain faiths and backgrounds who do not drink would not be included, but then again, do you not invite a vegetarian to a barbeque where meat is served?
Another Orland Park mom thought this was pretty funny and recently gave me my very own Bunco game. I intend to use my new gift for the common good.
So I am taking a stand, making a move that will rock my suburban town, I am forming an Ethnic Bunco group. Think of it as the UN of Bunco gaming. Women from all over the globe, drinkers or not, are all welcome. Scarved women, women with bindis on their foreheads, women with accents and women of any color, religion and origin…All welcome.
Ethnic Bunco, GAME ON!
**UPDATE** I have been informed that this post has caused some distress and has been taken much too seriously and some have even felt insulted by its tones of racism. I want to clarify that it was written in jest and with satirical tones and sarcasm. I did not mean to insult or cause distress. With that I also wish to add that I have been invited to many events that are attended solely by people of one ethnicity or another.
That being said, I still want to have a global initiative bunco gathering. Fine, no bindis or scarves required, just open minded and fun folks of all colors, races and religions. Hopefully this will suffice and put to rest any unintended distress.