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10,000 blows averted

Well, the evening with the P.U. (parental unit) went surprisingly well. The pizza was well received by all, and Worthy Opponent and I genuinely admired the newly-refinished furniture brought up from the farmhouse. My father's initial words to me were NOT, "Boy, you've gotten fat" (as he's said before upon greeting me at age 16 or so, and I quote, "My little whale!"), but rather, "Doesn't my daughter look lovely" or something like that, to my surprise. We enjoyed Chris and his stories about their drive across country (it was the biker rally in Sturgis, causing them all sorts of headaches). We enjoyed playing Princes of Florence, and dad was a mostly good sport although he was a little snappish because he felt stupid since he didn't know the rules. There were no blow-ups at all while we were there, just some mild grumbly snarking about wimmen folk making life rough for their men. At the end of the night, to my pleasure, Maurie and I tied for points (even with the counting of the money tiebreaker). Afterwards, my husband said he found P.U.'s comments about my "lovely complexion" creepy and inappropriate, but given the spectrum I found them just fine (I said it's always appropriate to compliment a woman on her hair and her skin). I even invited him to come to Fremont for lunch with us today. We'll see how that goes and if I regret it later.

Tonight is the memorial boat floating in remembrance of Hiroshima at Greenlake tonight. My brother will be bringing the P.U. along, and Stef Brewer is supposed to be meeting us, too. We'll be running late because our first kayaking class is tonight, 6:30-8:30.

So ... do you think I'm competetive? (Dad said I'm highly competetive but I don't think I am.) What does it mean to be competetive?

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shadowdaddy
Aug. 6th, 2003 10:01 am (UTC)
It's not a bad thing
com·pet·i·tive     
adj.
  1. Of, involving, or determined by competition: competitive games.

  2. Liking competition or inclined to compete: a highly competitive teammate.

  3. Biochemistry. Relating to the inhibition of enzyme activity that results from the reversible combination of an enzyme with an alternate compound and prevents normal substrate binding.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=competitive

webcowgirl
Aug. 6th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: It's not a bad thing
OK, now you and I already had this discussion, so there's no real point having it online with you again. BUT -

http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=compete

Date: 1620
: to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (as position, profit, or a prize) : be in a state of rivalry.

I think the "strive" part is the problem.
shadowdaddy
Aug. 6th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: It's not a bad thing
Doesn't the term "worthy opponent" imply competition on some level?

Don't read too much into it. You like to play well and are a good sport about it. That's all.

strive
v
  1. attempt by employing effort; "we endeavor to make our customers happy" [syn: endeavor, endeavour]

  2. to exert much effort or energy: "straining our ears to hear." [syn: reach, strain]

sallysimpleton
Aug. 6th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC)
Yep, and I agree it's not a bad thing
I think you're competitive--I know I am and I certainly don't think it's bad to be competitive at all, unless one lacks graciousness while being competitive. You strive to do well and you've got ambition in you. I see you derive joy out of playing and winning games, but I haven't seen you act poorly when you haven't won. I think that's the important distinction--if you made others feel like crap when you win, then that would be bad, but you don't, so in this instance, it goes in your 'plus' column.
miss_villanelle
Aug. 6th, 2003 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: Yep, and I agree it's not a bad thing
yeah, what she said!
dagmar_b
Aug. 6th, 2003 04:04 pm (UTC)
glad to hear that the visit went well and there wasn't any stormy scenes. good luck with tonight.
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