How could this happen? It was a conspiracy. Not even kidding. Just check out these rules...posted mere handful of days before the tournament. I was disappointed in these rules.
Yes, that is right...I was singled-out and specifically had rules created against me. I must admit, this is the first time that I have ever been considered a threat in any sport. I guess that makes me feel better about it...to be perceived as a great enough danger to warrant severe handicaps. This for the person who was nearly always the last picked in gym class. Actually, these rules make me sad...I understand that it is supposed to be a mixed partner tournament and that by having two male teammates that we might have an advantage...but if anything, that advantage was very slight. It makes me sad that the females are considered to be so much less as competitors. I contend that many of the females in the tournament were taller, more athletic, and more competitive than me (I am a poor specimen of manliness). I don't see gender as being that big of a difference. It seems extreme making both members of a same-sex team play non-dominant hand. To me that shows that the view on women is that not only are they incompetent themselves, but also a hindrance to their partner. I just don't believe that a woman on the team is that much of a handicap.
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The handicaps this year - since they affected both members of our team were just too much to overcome. If one of us had to play left-handed, we might have had some kind of chance. Even if we had to flip a coin to determine which of us would play left-handed. Both of us lefties, gave us no chance at all. We were a little bitter at first. Play was very strange...left hand was weaker, constantly felt awkward, and threw off every part of our game from balance to hand-eye coordination. I must apologize to CT for my play. CT actually played decent left-handed. He said that it actually makes sense because batting in baseball and a golf swing both use the left hand for power with the right being more for guidance. Oh, that explains it...I don't have those athletic skills to fall back on. I played awful...especially my serve. You wouldn't think it would be that difficult but for me it was. I probably cost our team every match because of my serving.
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One consolation (if I am thinking of the right people) was that the winners were a couple that just moved into a new home a short time ago and now are facing being flooded if one of the levees in Western Iowa doesn't hold up. They probably needed some happiness...and an Eagle trophy is great for that. So congrats on that...hope you don't lose everything.
CT and I did, however, look fabulous. We decided to be classy this year and went with Wimbledon White. I was looking sexy in a white dress. Yes, it is a little weird asking your girlfriend if she will go dress shopping with you...for you. Luckily, Angie is cool like that. It wasn't the dress that I would have liked, but it was the one that fit best - and offered the best movement for badminton. I got lots of compliments, and a lot of "hey, I have that dress." CT opted to go for Douchebag adding a backwards and upside down visor and douchey sunglasses to his outfit. We are awesome.
Other than the actual badminton part of it...we had a great time. Good food, great people, arguments with neighbors, lots of 'cock jokes, and shotskis. Thanks again