These past (final) three days of Christmas vacation (for me from work, and the boys from school), I’ve walked up and down the mountain near our house with #1 — an enterprise which takes about an hour and a half. The first time, we just chatted about erosion and why the sun is in the south. Yesterday and today, however, I brought my shorter catechism for some competitive Q&A. #1 is only up to Q28, so we went head-to-head on those. The first day, #1 beat me 21-18 — with a criterion of absolute perfection. The second day (today), we decided to adopt a more lenient “three-letter” criterion, which would allow insignificant errors such as “in” vs. “by”, “continues” vs “continueth”, a missing “and”, etc. With that leniency, and lessons learned from yesterday, we both improved, and I beat him 26-25. Combined, #1 edged me out with a 2-day total of 46-45. Sometimes it feels good to lose.
Posted on January 4, 2009 by RubeRad