Oh, I did the same thing in the state spelling bee. Got all the way up to twelfth place, and was so nervous-- and so aware that I couldn't make any sounds such as "um"-- that I spelled "um" in the middle of the word.
I was so sad, because I'd been sick the previous year and hadn't been able to compete, and that year was my last chance to make it to nationals... I knew how to spell "speciesism", I swear. It wasn't even hard! Just "species" with an "ism"! And I knew all the other words that came after my turn, too. Ah, my poor little thirteen-year-old heart was broken...
U, we share similar fates--the damned L. I nearly got myself to the Washington championship spelling bee once. Even got on local TV for the semifinals. And then I got a word that I absolutely knew how to spell--but my mouth went faster than my brain, and I dropped an "L" while spelling it. Such a tragedy.... *wiping tears*
I've only ever been in one spelling bee. I was stupid and overconfident and ended up embarrassing myself on the first word (I still remember, it was please). Spoke too fast, "p-e... I mean, p-l-e-a-s-e..." Too late, I lost. I coulda been a contenda. Never tried a bee again. Oh well, the baseball thing sounds fun. ;-)
No, I really am. What are all these glyphs all over the page? They puzzle me. But I like the blue ones, and the slanty ones. I wonder if anyone else has ever seen them, but I have no way of asking to find out.
Jen, I suspect that was a definition, not a personal statement. Perhaps it needed quotation marks. I thought it was a neat summation of the term. ;-) It sort of alludes to "Like flickr, but without the photos," which makes me laugh every time.