I think it's going to be OK. I've installed the official Scrabble application, which apparently will activate in a couple of weeks. The fact that the US and Canada are getting a different version to the rest of the world means I might not be able to play my sister in London and brother-in-law in Vietnam, but I'll survive. I can still play them at chess and Risk. And I can play Scrabble against other people, including various other bloggers and blog readers.
So: question one. I've played several of you individually, but I'd love to play some bigger games. How much fun would a quest for global blogger domination be??!! Imagine the trash talk!! But while I know a few pseudonymous bloggers' real names, you don't always know each others'. Any suggestions as to how we can all play without giving too much information away?
And question two. I've seen some Facebook etiquette questions on other blogs, along the lines of "should I accept friend requests from my students?", but I've never seen this particular dilemma before. Before I go on I should say that I'm not one of those compulsive "friend" collectors just for the sake of it - everyone on my contacts list is an actual friend, colleague or relative, or someone I feel I "know" quite well through blogging. So. A girl who bullied me for years at high school wants me to be her friend. I'm talking verbal taunts, turning friends against me, throwing my bag into the boys' bathroom at break time so I had to go in to retrieve it when the place was packed, the usual high school stuff. I've ignored her request for weeks and am getting sick of seeing it always there on my home page. So should I:
a) delete it, potentially denying myself the opportunity to get the hell over this (mostly there already);
b) give her the benefit of the doubt (it was a long time ago after all and I'm sure she doesn't throw peoples' bags into boys' bathrooms any more);
c) accept her request just long enough to send her a really mean comment, then remove her from my list;
d) take the opportunity to have some evil fun and mess with her head.
My friends have suggested option d), as in, leave her a message saying "my therapist thinks it's a good idea to confront you, but as I write this through a flood of tears and painful memories I think it was a bad idea, and by the way here's a bill for my therapy sessions". While that would be fun, it's just not me. I'm tending towards option a myself. Thoughts?