For those that appreciated the posts this week about the ongoing couple-based struggle for superiority between Megan and I, next week will provide more of the same. The words "It's on bitch," have already been uttered for two different skill based challenges. The contracts have been signed* (see below for the modifiable contract composed at the hand of the apparently legal-minded Megan that appeared in the comment section of this blog on Monday), and the events defined. Here are the battles on the books for the weekend:
1) The first challenge will be a grueling weekend long fight testing memory recall - Name That Tune. Both of us have extremely similar taste in music and both have the ability to quickly recall bands/song titles from a very short sampling of a track. I once tested Megan with only a single guitar chord from a CD in my car without her previous knowledge of even the presence of the album in my vehicle. She passed with ease after only a few seconds of thought and I knew at that moment that I may have found my arch nemesis. I had previously only met people that thought they could challenge me at the Name That Tune game. After crushing them one by one into mere shadows of their former selves, I believed myself to be unrivaled. For the first time, I am not terribly confident heading into this competition.
The venue: My apartment.
The equipment required: Apple's iPod Nano (provided by Megan) that has been pre-loaded with 1150+ songs as of this post, but could contain as many as 2000 songs by the time the competition is to begin, headphones or stereo (if I can find the media cable to plug into my receiver). All songs will be added to the list and the shuffle button will be activated.
The time-line: All weekend long that is spent in the presence of the equipment.
The scoring system: Speed based - name the song title/artist first - get the points. Two points per song with partial scoring. Scores will be added cumulatively throughout the weekend and a winner will be declared.
Early prediction: Megan "MoHotShit" Florance wins with a final score of 536-475 over shattered Lebanese Dream
2) The second challenge will be a test of strategy in the form of the game given to me at Christmas by my brother and sister-in-law, Khet. Neither of us have played this game before, but it sounds intriguing. Any game that utilizes lasers and mirrors would, by definition, have to be a quality game.
The venue: My apartment
The equipment: The game
The scoring system: Most likely a best of seven series. There are three different starting sets for the board, the first three games will be played with the standard configuration. The next two will use the first alternate configuration and the final two games (if necessary) will use the third orientation.
Early prediction: Skaff loses game 1, recovers and takes the series 4-2.
This Agreement is entered into on this the ____ day of ________, 2008, by and between Andrew "The Lebanese Dream" Skaff, an individual, and Megan "MoHotShit" Florance, an individual.
In consideration of the mutual promises set forth hereunder, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Andrew "The Lebanese Dream" Skaff and Megan "MoHotShit" Florance agree to the following:
(Clause 1)Each party is promising to engage in _________________ competition in which the rules and winner are clearly defined. (Clause 2)Each party shall perform to the best of his/her ability. (Clause 3)This competition shall take place heretoforth as agreed by each party no later than 48 hours after the spoken words "It's on, bitch!"
This agreement may be terminated as follows: This agreement shall be terminated only by one or both party's death from ___________________________________.
Time shall be of the essence in the performance of this Agreement.
If any part of this Agreement is held unenforceable for any reason, the remaining portion of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect, and shall be carried out in a manner which is consistent with the intentions of the parties hereto.
If any legal action or proceeding, including any arbitration of disputes, arising out of, or relating to, this General Contract is brought by either party, the prevailing party as determined by the Court or Arbitrator, shall be entitled to receive from the non-prevailing party, in addition to any other relief that may be granted, reasonable attorney's fees, costs and expenses incurred in the action or proceeding by the prevailing party.
This General Contract is entered into on this _____ day of _________, 2008, in the City of ___________, the County of __________, State of ____________.
Megan "MoHotShit" Florance
Andrew "The Lebanese Dream" Skaff