I can’t wait; tonight is the final round of the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee. I’m a big fan of spelling bees and of spelling in general, so tonight is really kind of like the Miss America pageant or the Indy 500 for me. The finals are going to be broadcast live on ABC from 8-10 pm Eastern time, which means I’m going to miss most of it because I’ll be at work. Hopefully there will be a rebroadcast.
I’m not being facetious; this thing is actually really exciting. For instance, there are a ton of kids from our 51st state making a good showing here, and I am pretty sure that Changlin Ke will never misspell “galligaskins” again in his life. If you don’t believe me about the dramatic tension in this contest, just ask Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, who has been liveblogging the whole damn thing.
I think it’s too late to enter her betting pool on the winner, but you can still choose a favorite to root for. I myself am really liking Akshat Shekhar, mainly because I think all the kids probably call him “Asshat” and yet he manages to keep a big smile on his face. Shonda seemed to like a girl named Cheyenne Plaster, so you see it’s not just me with the names.
But. ! .. ? !! . , ? … !!!* WHAT HAPPENED TO CHERRY MATHIS? I was looking out for her, but I don’t see her listed in Round 6. I checked the Round 5 results, and she spelled “ullage” correctly, so where is she? What’s going on? Cherry, are you okay? Oh wait, there she is, spelling “floraison.” She was just last in that round. Phew. Go Cherry! Go Akshat!
photo by foreversouls on flickr
*apologies to Tom Wolfe