I hope that last post did not sound like bragging. I didn’t defeat the idiot stick through sheer genius, it’s just that my father always had me doing puzzles and you start to learn how many types of puzzles work. You learn the tricks of the puzzle world. People come up with new tricks, but the old ones are still there for you to draw from when you see new forms of the same old puzzles. So it was experience.
In any case, here’s a story about a deficit of mine. The game of Set.
Apparently, Set is not my strong suit. If you want to win at Set, play against me.
After Maggie retired for the evening on Saturday, Julie and I decided to play Set against each other. She soundly defeated me. By a lot. I “won one round” of set, but winning a round doesn’t count because the true rules simply add all the scores from each round together to determine the final score. And in the final score, Julie kicked my ass because she won every other round by a wide margin.
It’s true, I haven’t played much Set. The kids have played against Maggie in the past. When we first got the game I played against Maggie a little bit, but I was so bad at it that I don’t think I enjoyed it. But Julie hasn’t been playing long either.
So, to get some practice, I started playing against my daughters. M mainly likes to watch from the couch and call out “Set!” if she sees a set, sort of half-involved. But K is right there playing with me.
K beats me easily, at almost the same margin Julie did. I need practice, or my brain is just plain deficient at it, similar to why I have problems with those stupid CAPTCHAs that stop spam on certain websites.
However, I still enjoy the game, even though I suck. My ego can take the beating. I still have my Pictionary crown!Posted by James at April 24, 2006 2:46 PM