28.2.09

Win or lose?


Sunday Scribblings wants us to get lost this week! In the nicest possible way of course.
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I’ve never been very good at games. I don’t really like them very much. Games like Draughts leave me cold and I’m no good at Snakes and Ladders because I don’t like heights. Noughts and Crosses make me tetchy and last time I tiddled a wink my little counter flew out of the window. I even lost when I played Solitaire last night!

But there is one exception. I never lose at Scrabble. As you know I LOVE words. Short words, long words, silly words and words I can’t even pronounce. Take me on at Scrabble at your peril.

A couple of years ago my friends heard about an Inter-pub Scrabble contest and we decided to enter a team. There was me, Jo, Rob and Keith. I decided we needed loads of training so went spent hours doing spelling exercises by playing lucky dip with the little tiles. I have to say, they were pretty useless.

But we persevered and by the time the competition came to our pub I was feeling quietly confident. Unfortunately we were drawn to play against a team of teachers from a local school of English. I was mortified.

My game went well, but the others struggled. They weren’t really taking it seriously enough and kept trying to use swear words and things so as captain I banned all alcoholic drinks during play.

Suddenly things improved. Some very high scoring words came from both sides, and the whole thing became very tense (minimum 5 points!). Three of us had played and it was two nil to them. It was all down to Jo!

We were in the middle of her game and she was beginning to fall behind. You could have cut the atmosphere with a knife. It was so quiet you could hear the pub parrot breath. Then suddenly Rob sneezed!

To say he was unpopular would be an understatement because both players jumped out of their skins, bashed into the table and sent the tiles flying everywhere! The teachers said it was a deliberate act so that we could start again, and tried to accuse us of cheating.

Anyway we did start again and this time the teacher facing Jo really went for it. And so did Jo. There was nothing between them. And then it was over.

I suppose you are expecting me to say we lost. After all, that’s the theme of this week’s Sunday Scribbles. But we didn’t - we won!







14 comments:

Whitesnake said...

Oh so ya cook Scrabbled eggs too huh?

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Blogger Giggles said...

I should have known you loved scrabble as much as I do. Goodness knows you love to talk or write as much as I do!! I love words so much! Fun story as always!!

Every tried Wordbiz8? It's a fun online site!! Give it a try one day....you'll become addicted for sure!!

Hugs Giggles

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linda may said...

Hey you should try playing with my Mum and sister...talk about drive you mad! We have to play for each other then Mum's tiles as well.He he.
I like scrabble too though I never win, but that does not matter.

Lilibeth said...

A great story. I'm sure you'd beat me at scrabble too, but I'm getting better at boggle...all those facebook games. I love the image of the sneeze and the tiles flying high and the anxious, accusing teachers. ha ha.

Fledgling Poet said...

lol...your post made me smile. I especially laughed at your comment that you even lose at solitaire!

Penny said...

Hehe it is great to have that one thing you never lose at! There is no doubt I would lose at Scrabble.

Alisa said...

What fun! My favorite game of all time! I wonder what it is about word that we all love so much?

Tumblewords: said...

Ha. The others lost. I've never lost a counter while tiddling a wink but I've upset the cup. Good post, as usual!

Granny Smith said...

And one good reason (among many) to use Facebook is to play on-line scramble - which is really boggle by another name. I love all word games, and I'm pretty good at them.

floreta said...

i love your take on the prompt! Scrabble is probably my favorite game but I bet you'd probably win after a story like that!

Marguerite said...

Enjoyed your story, as always. Guess I need to get back on Facebook to play some scramble. Good post.

"Sunshine" said...

Believe it or not, I'm not a big Scrabble fan. I'm actually quite terrible at it!

I got such a kick out of your post (always do). I love how you took control of the group and got them to take the competition seriously--and then won! How awesome :)

Tammie Lee said...

Yea, congratulations. This was a fun read.