Here is a cool thing: we are in the middle of a Words with Friends tournament at work. It’s a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity. I have to say I was a bit nervous about the idea. I like words but I am not an online game player. I found it a bit intimidating frankly.
But I sucked it up and plunked down my entry fee and waited. Sure enough, there was an invitation from a guy I don’t know to play the first round. After some technical glitches, (like the firewall in my office) things got going.
I got skunked. It turns out there are a lot of words I am not familiar with. Did you know that ism is a word? It’s a lot of points if you get it on a triple word score.
At the end of the round, we exchanged emails. It turns out he is a pretty nice guy and a gracious winner.
This evening, I finished the third game, again with someone in my company that I don’t know. I lost again but I’d like to think I played a little more respectably.
I don’t really expect to advance to the finals, given my scores but here’s what really happened: three more people know who I am and what I do. In my business, that’s a really good thing.
At this year’s holiday party, there will be a whole new crowd of people for me to meet face to face with a whole bunch of weird words in common.
All this for a good cause. Excellent!