There are a few pretty basic life skills I could probably be better at. Like driving for instance. On the one hand, I can properly navigate a vehicle, and have never been in an accident. Also, I can drive a stick, which is pretty good for a chick I think. On the other hand, I’ve only pumped gas myself once in my life, and I don’t know how to parallel park. So I can’t really consider myself a great driver. This is ok though, because I live in a city, and don’t own a car. Other basic skills I fail at? Reading analog clocks, ever remembering to bring my shopping list with me to the store, having any sense of direction, and anything that has to do with calculating probability. (It’s good to recognize shortcomings and know when to outsource.)
Luckily, I have lots of decent skills too, which is why I’m employable. This is my blog however, not my resume, so I won’t list those here. What I’m going to talk about here is one of my more obscure and pretty useless skills. I am awesome at rock-paper-scissors.
I have been since I was a little kid. Usually I think nothing of this talent, since I am an adult, and the majority of my decisions with others are settled in more advanced ways than rock-paper-scissors. However, as of late, my exceptionally good rock-paper-scissors skills have been working in my favor.
After getting to the point where watching any more Dexter could probably be considered a criminal offence, Precisely and I have taken a break from TV for the past couple nights, and have been occupying ourselves instead with Monopoly. Precisely and I love Monopoly. With a passion. Real Estate, money, the opportunity to negotiate, what’s not to love? If our Monopoly playing skills in any way mimic what our actual real-estate business savvy is going to be like, then we’ll do just fine.
Playing Monopoly with only 2 people however isn’t quite as much fun as playing in groups. That is, until you add in your own rules, which we have. I won’t bore you with details, but one of them is that when you land on a piece of property you want to buy, you also have to win rock-paper-scissors before you can buy it.
I love this rule. Precisely is reconsidering the rule because he misses out on a lot of property. I tried explaining to him that rock-paper-scissors is just like poker, and that I can read people and tell what they’ll do next, which is why I win. He told me I was crazy, and there was no way I could do that, because he chooses something different every time, and there;s no way he has a "paper face". But I can. Or at least think I can and therefore self-fulfill that prophecy. Either way, rock-paper-scissors? I win almost every time. Probably should list that at the top of my resume…