How do you spell dumbbell?
That was the first challenge for the teams among which the Buns of Steel competed this year. In that Mulligan round the Buns alone provided the correct number of Bs, but Mulligan rounds being what they are, we went on to bomb out in the Regular round on moiety. (Moral of the story: never forsake an honest diphthong.)
The Buns this year were made up of Captain Lisa Milchman, Friends Treasurer Kenneth Cracknell, and buck-private Stephanie Smith. Kenneth's ducky-chapeau created the fashion statement of the evening, and he delighted in pressing a button near his temple that resulted in a resounding series of quacks. He was publicizing the upcoming Friends' Rubber Duckie Race May 1. (Be there or be square!)
"K.C.," observed Buck Private Smith, "You seem to have found your voice." He did not disagree.
As usual, victory eluded us, and above you can see Nancy Dean, Priscilla Vincent, and Sandra Dell savoring their win. The Spell Chicks of the Norwich Women's Club were delighted, as were we. That organization does so much for the community.
Here we are, performing the 2010 version of our signature "Shh!" cheer, which was accompanied by a sort of seated choreography.
The Spelling Bee has become one of my favorite events. It has just the right balance of silliness and stimulation to capture my heart.
Maybe we'll study next year. Who knows?