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Friday, June 01, 2007

Last night, amidst the protestations of the #1 Dodger Fan and my brother, I watched the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Carrie's apartment. My brother really wanted to watch this inane show about whether adults are smarter than a 5th Grader. My point was that that show is EASY and I'm certain that I'm smarter than a 5th grader. I am not, however, smarter than 6-8th graders, at least when it comes to spelling. I'm a decent speller. My spelling kryptonite is double letters. I can never get those straight. I always want to spell traveling with two Ls, occasional with two Cs and two Ss (or one C and two Ss) - stuff like that.

I first fell in love with the National Spelling Bee when I saw the documentary Spellbound a few years ago. The documentary is so fascinating, to see these brilliant kids prepare for the bee is eye-opening, especially when you look at it to see parenting styles and the values some of these parents have. Then I saw Akeela and the Bee, which made me cry. Unlike Tracey, I have a heart and will cry in movies if it's inspirational or something.

Anyway, so when I heard that the National Spelling Bee was on tonight, I decided that I must watch it, since I've never actually seen it. Well, maybe I've seen a portion of it from last year. My favorite word that I saw was schuhplattler, simply because the definition was the silliest and longest definition ever. It also reminded me I need to send my friend Benjamin in Germany a letter. When I first saw Evan O'Dorney, I knew he'd be the winner. That kid is a genius in the making. He, however, wasn't my favorite, even though he insisted that he hates spelling and the spelling bee, which was funny to see him saying in his interview. My favorite contender was Joseph Henares simply because he was so cute.

But the thing that confused me the most was that Canadians were participating in the National Spelling Bee. In fact, the second-place winner, Nate Gartke, is from Alberta. (LOL - in his bio he says that while waiting between words, he "metaphorically pick the wings off the butterflies in my stomach.”) Does anyone know why Canadians can participate?

- Jenny, 6/01/2007 10:49:00 AM

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