Friday, June 27, 2008

Miss Information is annoyed by opening day

The end of school, as always, coincided with the start of Manhunt season. Manhunt, for those of you unfamiliar with the sport, is really just an amalgamation of tag and hide and seek. What makes Manhunt so exciting and popular is that the playing field is the library. How very innovative. And annoying.

There’s a new crop of rookies this season with talent to burn but there’s no substitute for experience. Miss Information is a wily veteran who always comes through in the clutch. This could be her year. She overheard a co-worker shouting at some kids to stop running. This is the Manhunt equivalent of dropping the puck or tapping gloves. Some sports play the national anthem but whatever.

Miss Information could have ignored the whole thing if one of the kids hadn’t slammed into her. He called out an apology as he ran at top speed through the stacks. He came to play. Miss Information went after him. It was gut check time. You could feel the electricity.

She cornered those running, yelling brats and explained library protocol. She was in the zone. She gave 110%. In a final dramatic gesture, she turned and stomped away…knocking herself senseless against one of the pillars holding up the building. It ain’t over till it’s over but yeah…it was over. Miss Information lost her focus. She choked. It was a hard fought contest but the other team just wanted it more. You could feel the momentum swing.

Miss Information has to put this loss behind her. She’s gonna to take it one game at a time. She’s got to regroup, make some adjustments, rethink her defensive strategy, step it up and take it to the next level. Unfortunately there's a lot of games left in the season.

5 Comments:

At 3:16 PM, Anonymous flipside said...

The sports page of my local paper doesn't cover Manhunt, so thank goodness I discovered your blog in time for the opening game. You could ask league officials to review the videotape: a penalty against the pillar may have been warranted, but admittedly, the final score wouldn't change. So much for home field advantage.

FWIW, I've been enjoying your writing since I recently stumbled across your site. Is it wrong to hope that new annoyances befall a stranger for the selfish purpose of being able to read sardonic recaps in the aftermath? If so, you have my deepest apologies.

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To make the game more interesting, you should find a copy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tripwires".

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Brent said...

I thought the Manhunt League was pushing the pillars out of the endzone so players wouldn't get hurt.

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger charlesm said...

I say Wack 'Em! and Wack 'Em Good! -- charlesm

 
At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time I have commented after almost three years.

I am so sorry that the "building" won, and that you lost.

Keep up the good work!

 

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