“I’ve got to wake up,” said the 67-year-old resident of the Linden neighborhood.
“I’m ready,” said Woods, 81, of the Olde Towne East neighborhood. “I slept in this morning.”
The clock hadn’t yet struck 10?a.m., but the competition - predictably - was already coming and going at the fast-food joint, which stands a stone’s throw from I-71.
“The low man gets up, and someone else sits down,” said Douglas, 80, summing up the “musical chairs” that takes place for hours on end.
The scene, in fact, changes little from day to day.
“One day, we decided to start playing dominoes.”
More than 10 years later, the routine continues.
“We enjoy it,” said Mills, 67.
Although just three people compete at once - a single set of dominoes is used - the revolving nature of the play gives the seven or eight regulars multiple turns.
The group favors All Fives, a version of “bones” that allows scoring only when the open ends of the dominoes layout add up to a multiple of five.
A game - typically consisting of several rounds, or hands - ends when a player reaches 250 points. (And then the player with the lowest score makes room for the next challenger.)