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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Mexican Train Dominoes or How to Pick a Mate

Hello everyone:

As I was playing Mexican Train Dominoes last night, I thought how it would be a great way to pick a potential mate. Stay with me on this for a minute- I know it sounds weird.

How does the person playing against you handle victory? Defeat? Are the other players Type A or Type B personalities? It makes a huge difference in how they play a competitive game, you know.

How does the other person handle losing hand after hand? Does he or she become sullen? Moody? Keep in mind that this is only a game but does he or she take it so seriously that it is impossible to have fun?

How is this person when he or she wins? Does the individual brag or is the person gracious? When talking about the game, does the person congratulate others on a game well-played?

Think about this for a minute or two. How would you like this person as a potential spouse? You will, obviously, have to observe more than one game, but how does the individual treat you? Like your head is full of rocks or as if you are a complete incompetent? Or is the other person’s approach one of condescension, as if someone with your IQ couldn’t win if you were spotted a boatload of points?

On the other hand, is the other one’s attitude that you are a fully capable person who just got a lousy hand?

It makes a HUGE difference, you know. While playing Mexican Train Dominoes might not seem like a good way to pick one’s future spouse, I think this idea has merit. What do you think?


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.


  1. Deborah Kopyc Says: August 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Now………for SOME of us, your loving, faithful followers……we need to know what Mexican Train Dominoes are….and if another game might work just as well, like, say, Chinese Checkers? I learned a lot about my ex-husband, playing Chinese Checkers with him. 😉

    • Oh, my Mexican Train Dominoes are an awesome way to spend a few hours. They are played with dominoes (obviously) and you can learn a lot about someone by how well they take victory and defeat….strategy and luck also play into the game, so someone can be very, very smart and still lose! Thanks so much for the comment. I am thinking about starting a weekly game at college for my students.

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