Yesterday while I was setting up a card table at the university prior to our Mah Jongg game, one of the woman who had laughed at me asked if I was setting it up for my set. I replied that I was no longer bringing my set. She asked why not? I just calmly and reasonably said: "You ladies laughed at me for wanting to play with my own set, so I asked myself, why am I carrying my set in here twice a week? It is heavy" She just nodded and we continued with our games and I acted just as I always do. It did please me though to be able to voice that esp as one of the other women was there also (by the way the second woman is one of the teachers of this game at the university!)
LOS, Glad it ended in a civilized and reasonable way and, maybe just maybe, you gave the women involved the idea that it is usually better to think first before saying something that might be hurtful to someone else. Glad you are continuing to enjoy your pastime!