Here almost a week went by and I haven't done a post. "What's going on in your world Ron that you aren't posting everyday?"
Well folks, here is the answer:
Yes, Scrabble is my new obsession.
Specifically online Scrabble.
Want to know who is primarily responsible for this new obsession of mine? (Of course you do). Take ONE big guess:
There's the culprit. That retired Canadian police department fingerprint inspector, that part-time Sixties band bass player, that full-time movie extra, that vegan minimalist who lives in that ultra modern house (or "hoose" as he says it) in Toronto: yep, that's him:
Pat, one of the few (probably) only people in the world who can put up with my many idiosyncrasies and still like me for the wonderful fellow that I am (hey, no need for modesty here, this is after all MY blog).
When I visited Pat last year in Toronto, Canada he asked me to play a game (or two) of Scrabble with him. I acceded thinking that I'm going to excel at this word game because I have read so much and like to write. Oh how mistaken I was. First game Pat skunked me.
Second game, skunked again. Third game:
Well, you get the idea. Ole Ron wasn't a smart at he thought he was.
The last time I played Scrabble was perhaps when I was in sixth grade. I never progressed much past simple three and four letter words. I knew nothing about Scrabble strategy. (Strategy? You say "Strategy?" Yes, Virginia, there is a Scrabble strategy.)
Well, long story short, after getting beat so many times by Pat I made it my mission to vastly improve my Scrabble playing skills.
My last game with Pat I did win. "Crudites" was my winning bingo word; last play which left Pat's mouth agape and challenging my word - which he, of course, lost).
The thrill of victory; ah so sweet! Of course there was also the agony of defeat which wasn't so sweet.
Please excuse me for going on into a long blog post so I'll try to tighten this up:
I never like chess (it made my head hurt thinking of all those moves ahead).
I never got involved in computer (mainly Facebook based) games because I just didn't have the time.
Over the years I have turned down many an invitation from my Facebook friends to play their silly (I thought) games (like that "Farm Animals thing). But now folks, in my quest to be the ABSOLUTE BEST at Scrabble, I'm playing multiple games with friends on Facebook. I'm so obsessed I'm even playing with random strangers on Facebook. Yes folks, I am now a Promiscuous Scrabble Player.
So how am I doing? Well, one thing I'm not losing every game like I was at the beginning. And I'm getting better at making word more than three letters without giving my opponents opportunities to make the big score by playing triple word scores.
So every morning I check my Scrabble boards on Facebook (about twenty now and moving up) to see how many are my turn.
I am loving this interaction with friends like Dr. Spo who, of course, is terrific at Scrabble and Sean who is also a master at Scrabble.
Sean recently informed the world he was closing his blog. I have to admit that occasionally I have thought of ending my blog but I just can't do it. I don't want to lose all the friends I've made through my blog. Plus, I just like to write since I had my first pen pal when I was twelve years old.
Maybe it's because I was and am lonely and always in a quest to make new friends. Or maybe it's just because I like to talk about myself, my lifelong quest to find out who I am. Or maybe it's a combination of those two factors.
Whatever, I will continue to write my blog posts, but maybe not as often as I have in the past. Of course this obsession will eventually pass (they all do) and I will be back to my daily posts (or more, you know me when I'm hot on a topic).
So bear with me folks. I'm still here ruffling feathers and enjoying life to the fullest.
And of course looking forward to the day when I can skunk Pat and my friends on a regular basis. Ah yes, life is good.
Oh, the photo at the top of this blog? Drama this past week in getting this contraption installed. In more normal times I would write about it but these aren't normal times.