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The 96th Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid’s dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.

Let’s begin.

While I was rearranging things in the living room, I found our old mancala board.  Josh refuses to play with me anymore because he never wins.  And I’m not just saying this to make him feel better–he truly isn’t that bad a player.  It’s just that I am fucking awesome.

I am to mancala what Bobby Fischer was to chess.  I literally could make you sick with my mad mancala skillz.  People start weeping when I play.  Weeping with the enormity of watching the brilliance unfold.

I taught the twins how to play, just so I could have someone to play against.  The ChickieNob tires quickly of the game and needs to get up and dance in between each move.  But the Wolvog (pardon, Jancefer Birdie) has got the ‘cala (which is what we call that frenzy that overtakes the body when it gets too close to those beautiful flat marbles).

On his second day of playing mancala, he beat me.  Yes, I was paying attention.  Yes, I was trying hard.  No, I didn’t throw the game.  He really beat my ass across the mancala board and back.  I photographed him dancing around the hallway by the mancala board and emailed it to Josh.  It only took 36 hours for the student to become the master.

If you want to play mancala online, I’ve found a decent site.  Though I kick the computer’s ass almost every time, even on the advance level.  Because I’m just that good.  The proof is in the picture.

What are you showing today?

Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (Important: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog’s name, not your name. Links not going to a Show and Tell post will be deleted). The list is open from now until late Friday night and a new one is posted every week.

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:

Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
  • If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Wednesday night (or any time between Wednesday morning and Friday night), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything–a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn’t need to contain a picture if you can’t get a picture–you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Wednesday night and closes on Friday night.
  • You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
  • Label your post “Show and Tell” each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog’s main url–use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
  • Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good “ooooh” and “aaaah” and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
  • Did you post a link and now it’s missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.


1 susy { 03.17.10 at 8:29 pm }

Omg, you’re so funny! Love this post! And I’ll confess I was totally intimidated by my 4 y/o niece when we’d play together b/c she was so good!! I was always amazed that she’d move to quick! Yay for having a partner in crime w/ Jancefer Birdie!

2 Kristin { 03.17.10 at 8:39 pm }

Tell Jancefer Birdie I said congratulations! I need to learn Mancala.

3 Terry Elisabeth { 03.17.10 at 8:54 pm }

Mel, I put in the wrong link to my blog ! Can you delete it please ? I am submitting my link again. 🙂 Thank you.

4 Flying Monkeys { 03.17.10 at 9:23 pm }

I’m going to see if I can learn the game so I can have a new addiction to add to the list.

5 a { 03.17.10 at 9:48 pm }

I’ve never heard of this game – I’ll have to check it out!

6 HereWeGoAJen { 03.17.10 at 10:14 pm }

One of the main reasons that mancala is fun is that you get to move the pretty marbles through the wooden board, making the nice satisfying clicks. I will never be able to play it online, it won’t be the same.

7 Myndi { 03.17.10 at 11:16 pm }

You know, I’ve never played mancala before, but am definitely interested (if you saw the inside of our media room closet, you’d see quickly that we LOVE a good game). That said, I love those little flat marble pieces, so pretty!

8 Erika { 03.18.10 at 12:13 am }

I love mancala! I’m pretty terrible at it, but I love it none the less!

9 Mrs. Gamgee { 03.18.10 at 12:34 am }

I have seen those boards before, but I had no idea what they game was called. Way to go Jancefer!!!

10 TasIVFer { 03.18.10 at 12:41 am }

I love mancala, but suspect I too would refuse to play with you – for my own sanity! I can get a little competitive, and your mad skillz would just kill me. 🙂

11 Another Dreamer { 03.18.10 at 7:40 am }

I looooovvvveee mancala 🙂 I pretty much always beat my husband, he does win on occasion though… if he makes the first move. lol Go Jancefer 😉

12 Heather { 03.18.10 at 8:21 am }

That is hilarious! I laughed, I cried, I snorted! Go ‘Cala Girl!

13 Kir { 03.18.10 at 9:38 am }

awesome 🙂
you are fantastic at everything…I mean we’re friends and all, but is there ANYTHING you can’t do???? (LOL)

14 Bean { 03.18.10 at 10:27 am }

Oh my, that’s an addictive game! Thanks for sharing!

15 Bean { 03.18.10 at 12:33 pm }

Darn you Mel — that game is too addictive. Must. Stop. Playing. Now!

16 Amel { 03.18.10 at 2:02 pm }

Oh, in Indonesia we also played that game when I was a kid. I didn’t know that it’s called mancala in English. Interesting! 😀

17 Bea { 03.19.10 at 7:25 am }

Go, the Wolvog! It’s obviously a gift.


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