Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Playing Scrabble

A few months ago, Tom and I realized that we were living parallel lives in the same house, in the same living room, in the same bed, grunting to each other when necessary but not really connecting in any serious way. We'd taken the marriage for granted and plugged into our individual computers, watching our individual movies. Just two old people waiting for death to scrape us off the sidewalk and dump us in a can.

The good thing about The Tom and Louise Show is that we dislike boredom of any kind and we especially don't like boring marriages, especially if it's ours.

So we've taken up playing Scrabble again. It's not quite the same as deciding to move to Buenos Aires or Cuente, Ecuador, but believe me, there are downsides to picking up and taking off. We've done it more than once.

We are competitive Scrabble players and well-matched. Often the difference between winner and loser is a couple of points. This week, though, has been a week of extremes. He beat me big time, crushed me by almost a hundred points yesterday.

Today, I pushed back and won by the same amount. Victory. I like winning more than losing and so does he. We expect to do an even amount of each. We are lazy about looking up questionable words. We do it after the game is over. Jinn is a an islamic ghost or devil. (I learned this from reading Turkish novels). Jen has something to do with Confuscious. I put down jen thinking it was an islamic ghost, and was happy to find that I'd spelled it wrong but it was a viable word anyway.

Word games don't work for everyone, but Scrabble makes our day.


11 comments:

Rabbit said...

Louise, dear, you misspelled Confucius. Sorry. You lose the point. With love from your most loving, most bitter opponent.

Louise Plummer said...

Misspelled or not, I couldn't use Confucius anyway; it's a proper noun, but thank you for that heads-up.

Valerie Ipson said...

Thanks for the LOL!

doddles said...

Scrabble, it may actually be the downfall of both of our marriages.

Katy said...

Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit are the only board games we own. I can NEVER beat Bryce at Scrabble, but I can beat him in a fifty-yard dash, so we're even.

Lara said...

have you considered trying sex?

Laura said...

If you have a Wii, you might want to consider Boggle; part of the Family Game Night Wii game. Clearly, I need to find some better hobbies but it is a bit addictive like Scrabble, at least for me. And there is two-player. Imagine all the fun!

Louise Plummer said...

I vaguely remember sex.

I have a Wii, but I'm addicted to Ms. Pacman.

Katy, you can outrun Bryce? That is awesome.

ann cannon said...

i played scrabble with my parents when they were on a mission in new york. there was much shouting and harm threatening and really i did NOT feel the Lord's spirit that day.

CSIowa said...

My grandfather used to play Scrabble against himself. I would come into his house, look over the board for the misspelled words and ask him why he was cheating. He's the one who taught me the helpful Scrabble word "jo."

I like to play Boggle the old-fashioned way.

flowildwer said...

I love playing scrabble. It's one thing I wish I had more time to do. And I wish my kids loved it as much as myself!