Rock Fists

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Rock, Paper, Scissors


It's been a staple of conflict resolution for centuries, Rock, Paper, Scissors.. Ok, well maybe not centuries, but you get the point..  For a very long time people have been settling disputes with Rock, Paper, Scissors.  Some people use the old "how many fingers do I have behind my back" or "I'm thinking of a number from 1-10".  We all know none of these work because you have to put complete faith in the person either holding or thinking of the numbers, and that ain't happenin...

Fast forward to a recent bath for the Twins of Anarchy.. It's always a fight to get them washed and neither one obviously wants to go first.  Usually, when I say it's time to get washed, the first words out of Daniel's mouth is "Douglas goes first".  But I figured we could turn it into a game.

They like playing this game although they just don't seem to get it 100%.. Ok boys, we're going see who gets washed first by playing Rock, Paper, Scissors!  Yay!!!  They were very excited.  I told them whoever wins 2 out of 3 will not have to go first.  I explained how to play, even though I know they "know" how..  You take 1 hand behind your back and then I will say "Rock, Paper, Scissors SHOOT"!.  When I say shoot, you will take that hand from behind your back and hold out a fist for rock, an open hand for paper or scissor-like fingers for scissors.  Got it?  They answer, yes.

Then I hear Douglas say, "Rock, Scissors, Paper, Paper, Shoot".  So I repeat what it's supposed to be and then I hear "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Paper Shoot"! Well, this is going to take forever, they could have been washed by now!

So finally we're all set.  I say when I say "Shoot", hold out your hand with what you want to throw.  Daniel bellows "I want to be rock". "I want to be paper", says Douglas.  Ugh.. "Boys, don't say what you are going to throw because then the other person will know what it is.  Just show your hand when I say shoot, ok?"  "Ok, they respond."

Ok, ready, Rock, Paper, Scissors SHOOT!"  Nothing.  Blank stares.  "Boys, you need to show your hands".  So they both show their hands and they both have rock.  Ok, a tie.  So we try it again.

"Boys, make sure to show your hand when I say shoot ok?"  "I want to be rock". "I want to be paper.".

Ok, we might have re-think this bath strategy..  "Hey boys, I'm thinking of a number 1-10"..