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.