Since I've been back in Norfolk I've developed a new interest in playing Scrabble, particularly via an application on Facebook which means I can play with my friends no matter where they are in the world. I think I'm currently playing about 6 different games.
When Doc C Skypes in the evening we generally talk for a while and then start a fresh board, which is obviously because it's fun, but also it is really hard to speak to someone you are missing a lot without the entire conversation being "sigh... I miss you", "I miss you too", "Well, I miss you more!", "That's not even possible, because I miss you so much" etc, which is just extremely depressing and repetitive after a few weeks. So instead, we tell each other what we've been doing that day, and then play Scrabble.
The Scrabble thing was just sort of a social thing first of all, a lot of my friends were doing it, but then when I was helping Johnny move he gave me a book called "Word Freak" by Stefan Fatsis, which is about his exploration of the American competitive Scrabble scene. It's a mix of the history of the game, with contemporary stories about the people playing at the highest competitive level. It's really quite interesting.
Then I got ebay involved, and now a vintage 1953 complete set with wooden tiles should be in North Carolina before I am, with any luck.
I still have my Scrabble habit under control, of course, I mean I could stop any time I wanted to. Really it's not a problem. Although if you fancy a game...