Wednesday, April 8, 2009

11 yr old boy free to a good home

First, please let me tell you. I am 40. I have a college degree from an excellent school. I am well-traveled and consider myself to be well-versed in many different subjects. I am pretty good at Jeopardy, excellent at Wheel of Fortune and kick butt in Scrabble.

Scene: aforementioned ADULT mother and 11-yr-old son playing Scrabble.
Chase: Mom? Is alined a word?
Mom: Yep. (I looked it up AFTER THE FACT to make sure, and alined is another way to spell aligned, just FYI. I tried to get through that loophole, but alas)
Chase: Ok. (grinning slightly)

Please take a look at the top row in this picture and observe the word alined crossed with the word EQUATOR. Observe the triple word score under the T in said word.

Now look at the score sheet. An obscure rule that we follow here in the STQ household is that if you use all 7 of your letters in one turn, you get a bonus of 35 points. Let me help you with the math. Equator netted the little darling 17 points. Times 3, that is 51. Then you add the 7 points from alined to get 58. Then you add the 35 bonus points, and we are, my friends, at 93. For. one. stinkin. word. What was the final result you ask??

You will see that one side says 201 points. That side is MY score. The other side says 253 points. That, my friends is my ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON'S score.
This is what a cheeky little 11-yr-old looks like when he spanks his mama at Scrabble.
Feel free to come collect him at any time. He is currently sitting on the curb with all of his worldly belongings in a trash bag. We do not tolerate such disrespect in the STQ household. :)

11 comments:

Kristine said...

On the bright side, he's pretty durn smart and you probably won't have him living in your basement working at the local sandwich shop at age 35.

Mandy said...

awesome ... I play scrabble on facebook with people and that has happened to me ... luckily not by an 11 year old .. but STILL .. and any hints on how I can get my 4 y/o to be like your 11 y/o in 7 years???

linked you thru Wood Life . .loved your FEMA comment:)

Vegetable House said...

I think it wouldn't sting so much if you weren't great at Scrabble yourself!

PS--I'll take him! He clearly never eats anything . . .

s.i.l said...

Such a smarty! Love that boy.

Also, you may not want to tell him this, but I think the *official Scrabble rules allow 50 points for using all your tiles in one play. That's the rule we use in our house but it does hurt even more.

STQ said...

SIL - OH NO!!! I've never heard the 50 point rule!! As of this moment, that is a state secret. Never to be spoken of at family gatherings that involve my cheeky little boy. :)

MOM said...

We have a nice house in South Carolina that would take above mentioned 11 year old kid. (Did I mention this applies to one week this summer?) I've already reared 2 kids, and even when they don't beat you in Scrabble, they can be exhausting.

STQ said...

MOTHER! I resemble that remark. And I swear, the brother and I were never exhausting. Always delightful. I remember it like it was yesterday... :)

Beth said...

Go Chase!

Vegetable House said...

Hey STQ! Here are the pictures I wanted to show you. I guess they'll never get online now, since the house already sold. :)
Kale
ftp://ftp.evolutiontours.com/RunyanD/10009swanvalley/

Barb said...

He looks downright repentant and cowed. I can tell.

Scott Roeben said...

Yep, it's 50 points! Your boy got ripped off, bigtime! That was a great play.