The kids and I are playing The Settlers of Catan . The daughter is winning and has 9 points (10 to win), but the son is close behind and will probably get a longer road, thus reducing her to 7 points on the next turn.
She is about to pass the die off to me, when I suggest that she look again at her hand. "Why don't you use your 2:1 port to convert some of your cards," I ask her, "and upgrade one of your houses to a settlement?". She doesn't quite get it. "What does that mean?," she asks.
At which point, the son interjects: "Because she doesn't want to, Appa. Don't control her spirit."
p.s. You may have noticed that my blogging frequency has reduced. This appears to be a side-effect of working in the private sector -- I am reluctant to post anything that is even tangentially related to work, and that obviously cuts down on what I can post. The bridge blog continues apace of course, because there is nothing there to self-censor.