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Pbishd BiW Nx Iss: Mh 20Ddin: Mh 13“BOXING”
What could be one o the worst nightmares that a guy could everexperience?? You get into a boxing match with the missus andshe cleans your clock. Yes … you heard right!! Now mind youit was only on a V screen using our new video game system,but still it was pretty painul!! No not my body, just my ego.Now these games are not perect (obviously) but their ability totranslate your body movements and put it all on the V is truly remarkable.So ... hiding the embarrassment o my boxing deeat, wemoved on to table tennis. Once upon a time I was a airly experienced table tennis player, but that experience ailed meas I went down to urther deeat and humiliation. But, withmy “never say die” personality, I went about practicing my table tennis with renewed vigour. I moved up rom beginner toamateur to proessional and rom there demanded a rematchwith the missus. Victory!!!!! Not even close, I won each game!!!Just as in lie, success usually takes a lot o practice. But successisn’t just doing the same things over and over again. o truly develop new skills you have to experiment and try new ideas.What happens when I do this and i I change this what happens??Eective practice isn’t so much about simply doing or playing, itis also about learning and adapting.For instance, one o the things that I have learned is to neverchallenge the missus to a game until I have achieved some reallevel o skill at it or even better, nd a sneaky way to win withoutskill. I am thinking that i I can convince Xbox to get a betterhandle on reality, the missus should be way too short to evergive me a head shot. Another thing I haven’t tried, is to see whatwould happen i I kick her real good. Against the rules, whoknows but could be worth a try.Alternatively, I could adopt a moremature attitude towards losing. Youknow, “It’s not whether you win or losebut how you play the game”. I coulddo that you know, but somehow it justdoesn’t seem as appealing as trying tokick her butt.