I was asked to participate in a book shower for the latest version of The Daring Book Series--The Double Daring Book for Girls. The idea was fresh--instead of a review you are to challenge a friend or friends to one of the activities in the book. Did someone suggest a friendly competition? I am so there.
I invited some friends over for a happy hour with a twist this past Saturday. I just needed to decide what the competition would be. This is what first caught my eye.
Practicality reared its ugly head though as I contemplated my lack of wood and my lack of a river. I continued to peruse the offerings.
This looked interesting, but then I remembered that Lori is a math teacher. That might make for an uneven playing field.
As much as I like to argue I don't think I'm prepared to strut my stuff against a lawyer.
Maggie actually wears a sarong with regularity during the summer months, so this one's out.
Heidi the lawyer has organized softball tournaments for upwards of 80 teams. I'm not touching this one with a 10 foot raft pole.
What have we here? Spoons! Now there's a game at which I can compete. Except the last time I played I remember someone complaining about pulling back a bloody stump. It might be a little too much competition.
Back to the book.
Aha! I actually have a pool table in my very own living room.
The competitors (the term competitor used loosely): Maggie, Lori, Heidi & Jenn
Wait a minute . . . Lori's brother got a pool table for his Bar Mitzvah? The long winters of her childhood in Rochester, New York were made more palatable by the playing of endless of billiards? She won pool tournaments in college?! This does not bode well for the rest of us.
She tried to help, she really did.
If you're unfamiliar with the game of pool, let me just say that it is not good when the other player has shot all the striped balls in and you haven't sunk a single solid colored ball. If you are familiar with pool, you're laughing your head off.
The winner and undisputed champion. What can we learn from this? Teach your girls how to play pool early (page 194 in The Double Daring Book for Girls), so they can hone their skills and put the other suburban moms to shame someday.
Check out the Daring Book for Girls web site for more info on these truly fun and uncommonly intellectually stimulating books. I'm going to get back to boning up on my two-letter Scrabble words (page 34) before my daughter and I review what to do if we're caught in quicksand (page 83) and she figures out the steps to take to become President of the United States of America (page 153).