Of Parchesi and Blindness

Do you remember playing "Parchesi"?

You’d roll the dice and move your wooden nubbin up a row of squares until you jumped a row and arrived at another identical and deterministic block of squares.

Parchesi, like most board games was originally invented as a soft way to kill time.

Basically it was a pastime for palace courtesans who had to wait around until the King came home.

It’s what you played while you wondered if your head would be cut off at sundown.

Lately the news has been filled with stories about the decision by a Federal Appeals court in favor of a lawsuit calling for the U.S. Treasury to issue "blind friendly" money.

I think any reasonable person would agree that having currency that the blind can identify is a good idea. Heck, those Europeans (you know, those people who make better hair care products and automobiles) have been issuing "blind friendly" money for years.

The Parchesi game starts when one group of blindness advocates disagrees with another group.

The lawsuit calling for accessible money was filed by the American Council of the Blind, a national blindness advocacy organization located in Washington, DC.

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