“I feel like I’m eighty years old because we have a routine now…”

I’m grateful for my girlfriend and… She’s also become my go-to Scrabble partner. Around the year 2005 or so when I was a broke college student, I just went into a Toys R Us one day, just for funsies, when Toys R Us still existed, and I saw they were having a deal for board games. It was like, two for $20 or something and $20 was a lot for me back then. It’s still not a drop in the bucket today, but the deal seemed so great that I felt like I had to cash that in.

So, I bought a Trivial Pursuit, like a modern one, and I bought the Deluxe Scrabble that comes with the turntable and the nice wooden pieces and, you know, the actual Scrabble board has kind of like – it’s grooved. So the letters stay exactly where they need to stay. And so that’s been my most prized college-aged purchases in my life, but it’s been sitting in the closet for 10 years. Probably more, maybe 15. But because I’m sitting here on crutches and broadly immobile in many ways, we decided to dive back into Scrabble and it’s been so much fun. I feel like I’m 80 years old because we have a routine now, which is basically dinner and then Scrabble on the back deck which – whatever. I love it.

And in turn, what we’ve done is we’ve kind of dived into Scrabble Theory. You know, before when I bought it, it was just kind of whatever. We’ll play on the fly and we’ll decide what works as we go. But she and I have been diving into eligible plays in Scrabble such as – like a big, a big strategy to help you get over the top in Scrabble is to be very familiar with all of the playable two-letter words. And it turns out, there’s tons of two-letter words in Scrabble that you just wouldn’t imagine actually flying, ones that would probably get called out by your friends. But anyway, yeah that’s been a pretty fun way to pass the time honestly, this week.

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