Briscola played in the bars while waiting for dinner to be served is a populat pastime here in Castelnuovo. Yesterday evening while playing, it dawned on me that I am, by age, the younger of the group by about 20 years, which urged me to jump up, run outside and start working. I soon realised that spending most of my adult life in Australia and New Zealand I am physically and menally perhaps not up to their level any more, which made me the elder in the group. Hence, I dropped back in my seat and dealt another round of cards while sipping my grappa, contemplating.