Zombie Chess

First, since I’m sure people are wondering, I did not adopt those dogs. As much as part of me would really love to, they’ve got a nice adoptive home waiting for them in Brampton and I think they are probably better off in a place where they have a yard than in my apartment (to say nothing of the issue of what happens if we move onto a boat). Very sad to think about, no matter what the conclusion, as it’s one of those all too common situations with no perfect solution.

In more pleasant news, and one with perfect solutions, Nefarious and I have moved up from checkers to full-on chess. It took her only about half a coached game to pick it up well enough to be challenging… Her fast-moving little five-year-old brain makes me feel old and clumsy-minded, that’s for sure. It is quite embarrassing how badly I play. If you’re wondering, they did zombie makeup at her school today — she’s looking forward to the next Toronto zombie march already!


  1. mel wrote:

    wow, good for her!
    I still haven’t quite learned the game…hehe.
    excellent makeup ;)

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm | Permalink
  2. Melanie wrote:

    Man…I feel very inadequate compared to Ari. I suck at chess :P Good for her

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 11:31 pm | Permalink
  3. Absinthe wrote:

    I love that there are still people who play chess! I have a wonderful carved set but no one I know plays and my girlfriend won’t learn :(

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:25 am | Permalink
  4. Matt Volatile wrote:

    If she’s into interesting, challenging boardgames, may I suggest some of the German and German-style games listed in the top 20 at BoardGameGeek.com – she’d certainly get a kick out of Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan, for starters. Easy to learn, tough to master; tonnes of strategy, lateral thinking, logic, sneakiness etc. required.

    Mail me if you want any more suggestions, but if Nefarious can play a bit of chess she’ll have no problems at all with the two games I mentioned.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:28 am | Permalink
  5. p7tms wrote:

    I like playing chess — however nobody local plays it – and using a computer as an opponent removes the “human touch” that makes the game soo interesting.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 3:57 am | Permalink
  6. estrojenn wrote:

    how is it possible for a little girl in zombie makeup to look SO completely adorable!!! and a zombie girl playing chess? cutest thing EVER!!!!

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 6:49 am | Permalink
  7. Allahkat wrote:

    Thanks to this entry I have discovrered that my husband has never played, or know how to play, chess. We are fixing that.

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 5:20 am | Permalink
  8. Elizabeth wrote:

    What a fortunate, brilliant and beautiful little trooper. KUDOS.

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  9. Danielle wrote:

    I think you made the right decision regarding Timmy and Butters. As much as I’m sure they would have loved to be with you and Ari again, they are likely better off with a larger home with a yard.

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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