My Weekly Social Event

Today I went to my very first meetup – groups of people with similar interests who find each other on meetup.com.  This was the DC Area Scrabble Group, and we met in Rosslyn, Virginia at this little Mexican restaurant there.

I’d been encouraged to go to social events like this by my friends over the past two months, at least.  After the little party I went to last Saturday, this is my second social event in 4 days and I think I am growing to like them.  I am still a little awkward in groups but playing scrabble took the edge off a little bit tonight.

Other than Scrabulous on Facebook, I haven’t really played scrabble more than 2 or 3 times in the past few years.  I felt a little rusty,  but I couldn’t really tell because the first game I played was against a scrabble master.  He beat me 340 to 287, I think, and had a bingo bonus with TAURINE, which I had never even heard of.   I was very impressed and intimidated.

My second game was also against good players – it was a four player game, me, two fine fellows and a very awesome lady.  They were all regulars to the group, so the whole night I didn’t get to play with any of the other newbies.  That’s probably okay, if I’m going to become a regular I should try to get to know them.

I won the four player game, by the way, by a large factor.  I had a bingo in that game – sORBETS.  I kept having to apologize for making good plays; I didn’t want to dominate!  I just got lucky, really.  Someone took a picture of the board from that game, if I get it I will post it for all to see.

We also played a game called speed scrabble, which I had never done before, and I was pretty terrible at.  You mix up the tiles in the middle, pull seven out, and try to make your own little scrabble board out of them.  Every time someone completes a scrabble board, they say “go!” and everyone has to pull another tile.  It’s a little frantic.

My ulterior motive, I suppose, was to meet girls.  I think that’s pretty standard for meetups.  There were at least 8 or 9 girls but I only played with one and interacted with one or two more.  I did make some good guy friends though, the three of us walked back to the metro together and chatted.  It was a good evening, maybe next time you should come with me.

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