[M.M.X.I.V. 164] Duck Smoothly

I’ll start the post with an apology to The Crystals…

♫ I met him at bridge club and his name was Chuck,

Da do run run run, da do run run,

He came in his pickup truck,

Da do run run run, da do run run.

Ohhhh–yeah, he has all the luck,

Ohhhh–yeah, he knows when to duck,

Ohhhh–yeah, he will draw all the trump,

Da do run run run, da do run run. ♫

You’re probably wondering what the butchering of “Da Do Run Run” has to do with ducking smoothly, other than one of the lines.  Well, it actually has two things to do with today, somewhat related.

The song aforementioned is part of an improv game that I played today, of the same name.  The name need not be “Bill,” but the improv game requires quick thinking for rhyming words to a given name, and unlike in the song (where the last line does NOT rhyme with the remainder of the words, unless “home” now rhymes with “Bill.”)

Oh, wait!  It does!  In improv, “Bill” rhymes with “Bill,” with “still,” and with “hippopotamus.”

The last is true because when you are doing quick thinking in improv, it is important to be spontaneous and not worry about screwing up.  This is something that I do not do well, and in some sense, people do not play spontaneous very well, because they tend to have strong filters and censors that prevent the first thing coming to mind coming out.  Due to my unfamiliarity, I did not do well with this, but it was still fun.

With respect to that, and to rhyme (boo!) with my title, if you end up mucking something up, be sure to muck smoothly.  The more you call attention to a mistake, the more people will notice it.  If you don’t act like you erred, others may think that it was part of the act!

Another thing that I was thinking, of course, was using this in bridge (as I had improvised in the song… or more like stockpiled.)  In bridge, f you are the second hand to play to a trick, the right move is almost always to duck (play a small card) smoothly (in tempo).  Partner may have a card to beat what the third hand plays.


Today is the one-hundred and sixty-fourth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes twenty-three weeks and three days.

Note: Any names in this post are fictitious.  Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


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