Wood Anniversary

It’s that time again! Right after I got back from Birthright in 2011, I signed up for a blog on WordPress, with the goal of sharing my journals, not only from the trip, but also other thoughts. Today is the “Wood Anniversary” (i.e., fifth anniversary) of the blog! (Hooray!)

Thus, just as I reflected on my Israel trip during the last 10 days, I might as well reflect on my blogging journey through the last 5 years.

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[M.A.P.L.E. V-31] The Travellin’ Show

This is the last post of the fifth year of M.A.P.L.E., and it’s hard to believe how fast it has gone by this year (not to mention the last five Mays since I started blogging).

There has been conservation of difficulty for my blog posts. Although I have had a lot of free time due to not having teaching or grading or prep to do (excluding the first week of the month), I have had difficulty with blogging. But not due to writers’ block!

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[M.A.P.L.E. V-29] Sunday Funday

Although I consider myself to usually have fun on Sundays, it never involved alcohol or bars… rather cards or bike rides.

Today, my family and I did the Hoppy Trolley tour, and though I didn’t partake in the alcohol (well, I did have a few sips of disapproval :p), I still enjoyed the social experience.

There were all sorts of conversations, deadbolt failures, looping games of cornhole, and Top 40 music between breweries. I had some good root and ginger beer that did not raise my BAC.

And when with family and friends, their presence will mitigate my reservations about activities. And now I can say I have done a variant on a brewery tour!

Nevertheless, I think I will stick to bikes, bridge, board games, and/or Pokémon TCG for my Sunday Fundays. No need to drink in order to have fun!

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[M.A.P.L.E. V-28] Ding!

Tonight, I went to the Brave New Workshop, a comedy club in Minneapolis, with my family. It was a lot of fun, and after the scripted show “The Working Dead”, they did a few improv scenes.

The second one was “Take That Back,” which is a game that I have seen in many different guises.

In the Orpheum show in 2005, the game involved a clown horn that forced the improviser to change the last action.

At Northwestern, the prompt “New Choice” was the impetus in the eponymous game.

And at BNW, it was “Take That Back,” and a bell was used to force a change. With the suggestions “sushi” and “parent teacher conferences,” it was a funny scene that had the parent repeatedly dinged and eventually caving in to frustration.

What is in a name? No matter what you call it, the New Choice style games are fun.

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