The Brighton pinball league, our second, had its final competitive session of the season Friday. We had previously projected what our standings might be, depending on how well we did, going into finals. We also noted along the way that CST, the number-one ranked player in Lansing and Brighton leagues, had an enviable position: if he skipped Friday's session altogether he would still be top-ranked in Brighton league (they give partial points for missed nights). Indeed, the only way he could be displaced is if he had a catastrophically bad night, losing every single game, while the number-two player won every single game, and the third- and fourth-ranked split second and third positions in all five games between them. That's not likely, but it is possible. But we figured he was too interested in fair, honest competition to ditch a night so as to avoid the tiny chance of losing his spot.
And then he missed Friday!
Our fear that he had, against our expectations, gamed the system and skipped the night once he secured the number-one spot was apparently unfounded, though. CST reported to the league, and to bunny_hugger by way of Facebook, that he had intended to come and play, but his babysitter had to cancel and he has got some sense of his life's priorities. Well, we'd be rotters to fault him for that decision.
That said, he did, after he was able to leave his kids safely somewhere (we're vague on the details of his home life, but it is honestly not our business) go up to our hipster bar in Lansing where he filled out the high score table on The Simpsons Pinball Party. The game had been picked for that league's next night, to general groans since nobody but CST likes it. CST had answered that it was a great game --- and maybe it is, if you play on a table that's not on the hardest possible settings --- and I had noted that if it was such a great game, why were there still generic factory-setting names on the high score table? So he used his evening to fix that as best he could.
Trivia: The last known court case resulting from the initial tulipomania craze was heard in Haarlem on the 24th of January, 1639: grower Bruyn den Duhbleden demanding 2100 guilders for a pound of Gheele Croonen from customer Jan Korver. No verdict is recorded. Source: Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions it Aroused, Mike Dash.
Currently Reading: Looking For A Ship, John McPhee.