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Monday, October 01, 2007


Walaka turned 50, and made what I thought was an elegant and pithy speech at his surprise party this weekend. To paraphrase, he said "Thank you for being here to celebrate. At this stage in my life, I don't need things, but I can't get enough of events like this."

But we did give him things. He got all kinds of great books from thoughtful people. And then there was my present. I felt the need to fete Walaka with another annual round of "Win W.H.'s Tee Shirts". Up for grabs was a gynormous stack of 25 guaranteed-to-be-hip tee shirts from Value Village. The challenge was to best Walaka in Jeopardy-style trivia... complete with audio/visual aids thanks to O's laptop and Walaka's projector. The goal was to have a bit of fun, sometimes at Walaka's expense, and make sure lots of people got something to take home at the end of the party... and hopefully that's what we accomplished.

So now, after a year of cruising Value Village, slowly building my stack of acceptable tees, I'm back to zero and the fun begins again. I also learned some valuable lessons re: using the projector, lowering the tee shirt count, the difficulty with YouTube video clues, and gauging overall question difficulty. BTW, Eric aced just about every question in the "Name that Vegetable" and "Name that Flower" sections... nailing stoppers like ranunculus and kohlrabi without even breaking a sweat.

This was the only vegetable that stumped the crowd.



At 10/02/2007 07:50:00 AM, Blogger Ned said...

Isn't that some form of foreign broccoli? Or maybe it's not foreign to them's that named it. Or. Something.

At 10/02/2007 02:17:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Not positive on the spelling, or exactitude (some different names are out there,) but I've seen it as broccoli romanesca.

At 10/03/2007 05:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The t-shirts this year were especially wonderful and fabously ironic---damn that I didn't earn one!
You did a great job and the play was fun.


At 10/06/2007 08:51:00 AM, Blogger Origami Nightingale said...

You were a most excellent "Delaying Tactics Man" for the evening. Thank you, oh co-conspirator!



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