Once again, the devils designing Safeway Monopoly have demolished my expectations. The board – half the size it was last year. MAKES ME WANNA SHOUT.  No more draping it ooooo sooooo lovingly over the back of the coach, forlornly hoping to ward off vindictive creases and tears. Players are even more precipitately pushed careening over…

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Safeway Monopoly is back one week from today. This year, I’m ready. My calendar is marked, my strategy honed. But there’s been something missing, and I finally know what it is. My lucky tradition. Athletes wear their lucky shorts and socks. Actors tell each other to “Break a leg” before treading the boards. I believe…

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I write this on Wednesday 2/20/2019. Safeway Monopoly started Wednesday 2/6/2019. So, two weeks in, I feel emboldened to discuss the whack-your-head-with-the-iron differences in the game this year.   You’ve still gotta buy stuff and win paper sets. One side is still all the little slips that will litter your house for months. The slips still yield…

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Safeway Monopoly started Wednesday 2/6/2019. Which I discovered 2/5/2019. NOOOOOOOOO. I thought it started next month. I haven’t had Spring Training: no run through all the aisles to remind myself what’s where; no eating down the staples. No making room for the frozen pizza. I wasted a purchase when I bought the chocolate on 2/5…

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I play the Market Street, Tom Thumb, Albertsons, Safeway, Shaws, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Amigos, United Supermarkets, Carrs, Star Market, Pavilions, Acme (MEEP MEEP), Randalls Monopoly Sweepstakes to WIN. It’s the only competitive sport I play. So, my rules:   (1) Never, ever switch stores. Me, I play Safeway. I know what I’ll be able to find,…

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