If you don't know what Bunco is, it's a game of high skill and concentration. At least that's what I tell all the new people who are nervous about figuring out the game. But it's really just a parlor game rolling dice and is all luck and much forgiveness. We really just do it so we have a reason to get together and talk, eat and drink.
So why don't we just get together to talk, eat and drink? That is a good question, but for some reason without the game, we probably wouldn't do it. There is some subconscious frame of mind that we must get together to do "something" or we can't get together at all; as if talking, eating and drinking isn't "something." In all honesty, I don't see any of these women at any other time, except sometimes I run into a couple of them at church.
This group has probably been going for 10 years now. The original 12 women knew each other from our mom and tot's group at church. Although I was not an original member, I did step in within a year of the group starting and I knew all the women for the same reason they knew each other. As the years have progressed, people have left the group, and we've had new people step in. I have left the group and come back a couple times. I like to keep them missing me.
So in all those 10 years, we have not socialized much outside the Bunco group. Sure, some of us are close with one or two members and see them frequently, but for the most part, we save our socializing for Bunco.
Or it could be I save my socializing for Bunco and they are seeing each other behind my back, in which case, I'm glad I walked away with most of the money last night!