Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Three Thoughts for November First

First thought: Was thinking about journal.  I have about twenty-five readers a day. If I compare my journal with a newpaper 'column', that is not much.  If I compare my journal with a multiple-copy newsletter, that is so-so. If I compare my journal with a letter to pen-pals, that is a lot. If I consider the journal as a personal note pad on which I store my thoughts, that is enormous. Just what is my journal?    

Second thought: I have always been puzzled about party games for children. What kind of game could you play where there is no loser or no "you're out". What kind of a game could I devise where everyone wins? Can you, in fact, have "winners" without "losers". What game relies on cooperation instead of competion? What would vollyball be like if the goal were not to spike the ball onto he other's playing field, but instead to see how long the ball could be kept in the air? I will continue to ponder.

   Third thought: Today is all saints day. Can we add to the pantheon of saints, Saint Wizard, who kept a ball in play in pinball so long it was considered a miracle. He went off the top of the pinball scale with sixty gazillion points, while getting only 100 points per bounce on the bumpers. Or what about St. Wapnicl, the mnemonic genius who remembered all the Presidents in order, with their birtdays, wives names, vice-presidents, and their dogs and cats. If that wasn't a miracle, is was next thing to it. And remember the triplet saints Leandro, Jose, and Francisco who, wth their big golden bear, Babe, dug a miles-long hole in the earth near the Pacific Ocean and filled it with sea water using only a huge sponge named Al Catraz.

7 comments:

sieblonde said...

Good morning.  Don't forget to add a few "journal lurkers" to your reader count.  ~Sie

bamawmn46 said...

Aaaawwww.... the games... what is a game without consequences? Yes, learn to play together as a team.  Yes, learn that playing with others is fun.  But, here's the thing.  At some point in life, you lose something.  You can't win at everything and that is what having winners and losers in competition is all about.  To learn to lose gracefully and THEN come back and try harder, be better the next time!!!  Just my thoughts this morning.....   Jackie

fisherkristina said...

Okay, I was going to say it was cool, what you said about the party games, but now I like the comment directly below mine, lol.

Krissy
http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink

hewasolddog299 said...

Chuck, I'm thinking that the commenter::lurker ratio on AOL/AIM Journals is in the neighborhood of 3::1. That makes your audience a bit bigger than you figured originally. By way of example, there are four (4) folks who use Bloglines, an aggregator/RSS reader, who are subscribed to the feed from Dribble. Paul Little and I are the two out-in-the-open, public subscribers. Assuming you are one of the "private" subscribers, there is another out there besides you...

I want to know what you're smoking over there at TOFH -- triplet saints with a golden bear? Far out, man!  ;)

jckfrstross said...

Don't forget about the people who don't comment. And you can;t always win someone has to lose. Very thought provoking

Deb

kateh2ocolorart said...

HA!  Cooperative games...yes...well Dad always DID beat me at Scrabble, until I was 21 years old...THEN he wanted to play "open book no time limit cooperative scrabble"...THAT never happened!  I think losing occassionally brings me back with VIGOR to not let that HAPPEN again!

LOL  Loved it, Kate

ryanagi said...

"I have always been puzzled about party games for children. What kind of game could you play where there is no loser or no "you're out". What kind of a game could I devise where everyone wins? Can you, in fact, have "winners" without "losers". What game relies on cooperation instead of competion?"

I have one!  My personal favorite party game...Everyone blindfolded takes turns whacking the pinata until it explodes then everyone gets candy! No losers...everyone helps...everyone gets something fun and tasty.