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Oulipo disguised as the Friday Five

My first thought was 'ye gods, first cars and now sports. tell me again why I thought this would be an interesting meme to get involved with?' But I do fairly firmly believe that interesting art can come out of bizarre and dull-seeming places - not that I've managed to read that novel that never uses the letter "e" - so in that vein I will answer these dull seeming questions with as much goodwill as I can muster.

1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?
In terms of televised sports, I initially want to answer "no" but that wouldn't be strictly true. For example, the last couple of years I've gone over to Ulysses' & Carols to watch the Superbowl - me, who found my father's obsession with Sunday televised football games, and Monday Night Football unbearably tedious. But with a little explanation of the mechanics it has proved interesting enough, at least once a year, for me to look forward to.

Then there's the Olympics - if I'm somewhere where there is coverage, I'll watch the Olympic games, winter and summer. I especially like the equestrian events - a holdover from my horse-crazy phase, I suppose.

I used to go to Mariners games in high school, because everyone with a certain GPA or better got tickets. I also used to go watch slow-pitch softball games with my dad on occasion - the local beer teams, as I thought of them, though really they were usually sponsored by taverns not breweries. As a wee Mormon tot, though, I conflated the two.

I used to go to gymnastics meets in high school as well, with a friend who had a crush on one of the team members. This stood me in interesting stead at the Cirque de Soliel show, like seeing the bones underneath - it actually made their routines all the more stunning, seeing how there was always a spotter, and safety measures were scrupulously followed, yet all was so deftly choreographed that it was seamless and smooth as silk, and only noticeable at all because I knew where and when to look.

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
I tend to favor local folks over not-local, when pressed, but I don't really follow any particular team. I feel like I should be able to come up with some names, but I can't. Well, I can too: Man O' War, Jackie Joiner-Kersey, Edgar Martinez.

3. Are there any sports you hate?
Dodge-ball. A torture masquerading as recreation only a sadist could find any merit in. Thirty years later and my blood can still boil with a mixture of shame, irritation and despair at the memories... gah. Let us cope and move on.

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
Yep. See #1 about - lots. Not lately, though. Though I almost bought season tickets to the Storm a few years back. I saw lots of game in the Kingdome, but have seen nary a thing in either of the new stadia.

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?
Fast-pitch softball one year in grade school, at which I was miserably incompetent. I might have tried out for the swim team if I hadn't had a prior commitment during practice times, I've always loved swimming. I played basketball on our church girls team several years running, didn't totally suck but wasn't very good either. Considered trying out for the school team until I realized the vast gulf of difference between caliber of player between the church and school and saved myself the indignity of being laughed off the court. I also enjoyed soccer when they dragged us through it in HS, but again was no where near fit enough to try out, let alone make a team.

Woohoo - and now it's finally time to go home.

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