Card Games and Outhouses

Women use the outhouse as a place to plot about a card game.

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When we were first married, nearly 42 years ago, we had one of those old outhouses. One evening, friends came to play cards. As usual the men played against the women and they were beating us. My friend and I went to the outhouse. While we were there we made up signals so we could beat the men. But no, we couldn't beat them. We later found that they stood outside and listened to what we were going to do. It certainly doesn't pay to cheat. 

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Goodland, Kansas


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