Eep. I have a dental appointment next Tuesday to have a crown put on, and I'm already dreading it. I have a wonderful dentist and hygienist, but still. Not my fave thing to do. And I don't even get to pick out a prize anymore when I'm done, like when I was a kid! Did all dentists do this, or just mine?
Oh, how I wish I would've kept those little toys! They were almost always "Made in Japan" and they usually consisted of those little games where you try to get the ball bearings in the right spot, or tiny little pinball games, or these:
Yes, you know you hit the jackpot when you came away with one of these decks! I've always loved mini decks of cards (as I proclaim here) but these were even cooler than a normal deck. It seems to me that most of these decks invoved a "matching" game, like "Old Maid", "Go Fish" or "Crazy Eights", games I loved to play as a kid. There were some characters that were more "valuable" than others - I remember being envious when my sister would pull the "starlet" card in Old Maid. Each deck was just a little bit different, too, which made them all the better!
In the effort to buy back my childhood I've amassed a lovely collection of these little decks over the years. The more vintage the deck, the better the quality, of course. Every time I see one I try and pick it up if it's not too expensive. There's just something about them.
And yes, I do use them in my work! I haven't used many, but I'll certainly use more in the future! :D