Well… THAT was fun!
We started out the weekend with a bang, but ran into time and, well, privacy constraints… but still made a go of it. The overall rules (linked above) said I had to get to at least 12 tiles.
But you have to know, going in, that in my heart, I’m an engineer. So you know too that I would be working out that magical nexus of risk/reward in terms of reducing or extending my wait time. Of course it’s based on letters actually picked, but it certainly becomes an issue as you work through the challenge.
I mean, why go for 25 letters when you know that it’s extremely likely, based on the letters already in-hand, that you’re merely extending your wait 2 more days for every letter you pick? [SSC: Or, giving yourself more options for words. But I have a Scrabble brain.]
That was the quandary I was constantly milling over in my head. Internally, my goal was 15-20 tiles. This seemed like the highest probability of getting tiles that made words, and using all of the tiles between short and longer words. It also had manageable consequences if I couldn’t do the word thing. But all the time, in the back of my head, I’m hearing Charmer giggle because she knows that 15-20 tiles (or, let’s face it, even the minimum 12 tiles) will likely short-circuit my brain trying to figure out the words. Yes, I’m just that bad at this game. I’m sure she’ll vouch for me. [SSC: Nodding. So much nodding.]
So, off we go.
First thing Friday at kickoff, the ball weights went on. These had to go for 24 hours, so I wanted to get that started immediately. [SSC: To the point that he raced to do that before he made me a drink. Lol.]
That evening, I went for 25 edges from her (damn, that’s a lot more than it sounds, btw). I made it through this, but may have been a smouldering heap of junk.
About 5 minutes into that, I asked for the clamps. Idiot. 30 minutes of clamps will get anyone’s attention. [SSC: Of course, the fact that I wouldn’t stop playing with the chain didn’t help matters.] Taking them off is another story. Violence suddenly became an option. But I made it – 30 minutes.
So I was feeling totally wired about all of this so thought I’d go for the gold – 4 ruined.
I survived 2 and begged (yes, literally begged) her to stop. Over and over. So she did. I thought perhaps I’d had a heart attack and that’s why she’d stopped, but alas, not so lucky.
So, at the end of the first night, I had two tiles and one in-process.
For those playing along, the tiles were:
OK, workable. I wasn’t too panicked yet.
Saturday rolls around – immediately hit the ground running with 15 edges in the morning. I also put in the WMCBP and was still with the weights. Was feeling ok with all of that and off we went for the day. Charmer was a bit (!) of a tease all day [SSC: No idea what you are talking about. And for those who didn’t see it, my outfit for that day is on my Twitter timeline.] and when it finally rolled around to where we had both time and privacy, we were ON.
I did a killer strip-tease (never done that before, that was kinda fun, and I may have rocked it) [SSC: Totally rocked it]
A foot massage (in place of pedicure #2, since you really only need one)
10 Bite Marks (still quite evident today, thank you very much!)
All of this, (completed the weights, completed the WMCBP) resulted in 7 tiles Saturday night.
R N Y X F R W
Crap. I was getting nervous. Can you sense why yet?
Sunday, time-wise, collapsed on us. So I was left with 9 tiles, but I left the weights on until Sunday evening so that’s 1.
Now are you seeing the issue?
Monday, the last day. I’m doing the calculations I mentioned above. What’s my minimum, what’s my risk/reward and do I have a chance in hell of pulling this off? I’m beginning to sense that I’ve lost this one in a big way.
So Monday brought another day of WMCBP and a pedicure, bringing me to exactly 12 tiles. [SSC: At 9 p.m., with one hour to spare to make words]
Minimum met, so very few vowels. I’m in trouble, and have a W and X and 3 Rs to deal with.
So, my total letter haul is:
R I R N Y X F R W R (blank) E
So, yeah. I lost. Not a chance, really. So I’ve added 24 days to the eligibility. [SSC: So, July 12th to be exact]
Next time, Charmer, next time. [SSC: *rolling on the floor laughing*]