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Monday, November 10, 2008

It was a fluke, he says

Ok, first up is some bloggy business. If you, like me, have a less-than-private blog and would like to post something absolutely anonymously, Nilsa at SoMi is organizing an anonymous blog swap. By last count there were 60 bloggers participating, and I know I'm looking forward to it. Publish date is the 18th, I think, so there is still time to join.

Now, on to the real news. I finally beat Steve at Scrabble. I attribute it to the power of positive thinking. He's beaten me twice before, but this Sunday I finally got my first win.

**Warning to all you northerners currently experiencing cold/wet/icy/snowy weather. Graphic descriptions of mild North Carolina autumn to follow.**

I'm not really a competitive person by nature. I played one sport in high school, softball, and even then I either played in the outfield or sat the bench. Board games, however, are my jam. Pictionary is my favorite, but I've been known to play a mean game of Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, or Cranium. When Steve challenged me to a game of Scrabble a couple of months ago, I thought I was going to impress him with my mad vocabulary skills. What actually happened was that he blew me out of the water with 10-point "Q's" and his domination of the "Triple Word Score" spaces.

I tried to dismiss this first loss as a fluke, but during a rematch he spanked me again. I had the lead going into the second half, but he shut me down with an 11th hour word blitz. He is convinced I under-estimated him, but in reality, I over-estimated myself. I sadly resigned myself to a future devoid of Scrabble wins.

Scene: Sunday, around 11:00 am. Rather than watch yet another episode of "Snapped" (my new obsession), I challenge Steve to a Scrabble rematch. It's about 65 degrees and sunny, so we headed outside and squared off across the Scrabble board in dueling wheelchairs, the dogs napping at our feet.

"This must be what it's like in a retirement home," Steve mused.

Stop trying to distract me. Game on.

I came out strong with "EXCUSE" for 20 points. He answered with "ROOKIE." The battle raged on, until Steve challenged my "AB" for a triple word score. Vindicated by the On-line Scrabble Dictionary, I challenged his "OZ" and eeked out a 10 point win. IN YOUR FACE, Steve.

At least until next time.


Dr Zibbs said...

Even though I'm pretty anonymous, I'm totally doing this blog swap thing.

Kate said...

That's how my family and I play cribbage. It's cutthroat and there's ususally some pouting at some point.

Kristen said...

I'm not doing the blog swap. I have no problem telling my readers about everything I do.

I'm excellent blog fodder.

Dolce said...

I suck at scrabble. You can play me anytime.

saratogajean said...

dr zibbs - I'm excited about it, too. I'm not sure what I'm going to write about, though.

kate - Pouting is not allowed at our board game table. My niece tried pouting when she lost Pretty Pretty Princess to my BF, but she was quickly chastized.

kristen - You are a braver woman than I.

dolce - Sweet. I need to rack up the victories.

c.watson said...

I get super competative at scrabble. I can't play all that often because I start to get really into it and then start to get pissy.

Nilsa said...

Can you believe we're already up to 75 bloggers? It's crazy! Thanks for spreading the word!

And I think I'd become addicted to Scrabble if I played it with any regularity. Seriously, that's the kind of game I'd totally do a happy dance if/when I win!

LBluca77 said...

I can't play scrabble, I need spell check

Maxie said...

AWESOME job! I beat my grandmother at quinto for the first time last week and I literally danced around the room.

saratogajean said...

c. watson - The whole time I'm playing Scrabble, I'm really thinking "if this was UpWords, I'd be kicking your ASS!"

nilsa - I'm really looking forward to it. I have no idea what I'm going to write about, but it's going to be fun.

lbluca77 - I start looking at my letters and thinking "is 'REGRIEBE' a word?"

maxie - I've never heard of Quinto, but now I'm going to have to check it out.

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