I've never played Pinochle *without* cards, but we had a great time nonetheless! Yes, we truly meant to play Pinochle - that was the purpose for which we gathered, and a long time coming, to be sure. The Weedons and Asburrys have a running Pinochle grudge match - the men always beat the ladies(?). The Wilkens and Asburrys used to play Pinochle years ago - and it's high time to resurrect that.
But when we gathered this evening, the cards stayed in their box, and the visiting just kept going on (along with enjoying the antics of Porthos and Gimli). What a great time - just chatting ... and snacking ... and enjoying some adult beverages! Thanks, gang! I needed that - just enjoying and renewing the friendships ... and enjoying lots of laughs.