Before we get to the Cs for Go Ask Daddy and the #AtoZChallenge, let’s start with … Can They Do It?
As in, can the high school team I coach rebound from a 1-9 start to the season to … make the state playoffs? It’s possible. And after our second win in 11 games, while the rest of the state might not notice … it feels entirely possible.
This is part of the game I love most – the sheer hope.
The way you can get your dander up just by winning a game. I’ve never wanted a team to score as much as I did for Queen’s Grant today. Down 2-0 in the second half … you could just feel it coming. It started with a score that bounced ugly around the goal.
Two more followed, and we killed it at Chick-fil-A like we’d just won the World Cup.
Not really, though. We’re still second to last in the conference, but we’ll be going for two in a row on Monday. Amid the Polynesian sauce and waffle fries, there’s not a swagger lurking, but confidence … which is another great C word. You know?
Note: In Go Ask Daddy posts, I attempt to answer my kids’ questions. Here we go.
1. Why aren’t numbers cursive?
If you make a curly-q on your two and your three, that qualifies as cursive numbers. I took a stab at it because anything online for cursive numbers seemed a little … disappointing. So here’s what I came up with:
And that feels a little … extra, as you girls would say. (Or you said in 2018.) You can make anything cursive by making it fancy and extra. Just add more curly-qs and lines. I mean, even our school logo is kind of cursive:
2. Are cats color blind?
They’re not color blind. They just can see colors as well as humans. Kind of like how refs can’t see things as well as coaches. They can’t see far off objects as well as humans. (Like refs and fouls.) But they can see better than us in the dark (this doesn’t help in soccer.)
Researchers say cats see the world in blues and grays. Way better than blue and white (like the dodgers.) Dogs can distinguish far fewer colors, which explains why they’ll eat a turd and think it’s a … well, there’s really no explanation of why dogs will eat turds.
But they still see better than refs.
3. Why do all Chinese restaurants have China in their name?
Probably to identify them easily for refs for post-game meals. I love those little holes in the wall with similar menus and menu boards, tucked between a Food Lion and a nail salon in strip malls everywhere. I can order a #6 and usually get my sesame chicken.
There are 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. They adhere to a tradition of familiarity. Often, owners will choose words that harken success. These include fortune, garden, golden, and luck. One word in Cantonese that means good fortune is spelled f-u-k.
A Washington Post poll revealed a third of 40,000 Chinese restaurants counted had “China” or “Chinese” in the name. It’s good to know where you are. Not get too fancy about it, either. Kind of like setting sights on state playoffs.
Or just making sure your referee’s sight is better than your cat’s.
A to Z Challenge: