Sørlanet: The Weeklong Computer Fest

Sørlanet is a weeklong computer festival where people play videogames and congregate in a sleepless weeklong stretch. I got to visit it for a little bit when writing an article for it, and it was pretty awesome. This is the article:

Sørlanet: The Weeklong Computer Fest

Sørlanet is exactly that, a weeklong computer party. It is an entire week of gaming—no stops, no breaks. Well, if you are a hardcore gamer. Sørlanet was held in Grimlehallen during the fall vacation this year, and it can’t be called anything except organized chaos. It is organized because there were some permanent fixtures in the form of large computers, booths, and a stage in the corner, and chaos because of everything else. Because really, how can energy drinks and music wars and kids collapsed on keyboards be anything but chaos?


So, people came to Sørlanet to play games. It’s something they can do at home, in the comfort of their blankets and maybe a small group of friends in their own time. Why come to Sørlanet where they have to spend their money on something they could otherwise do for free? People came to Sørlanet because it has more then just an epic conglomeration of people gaming, and the fact that they can actually see each other’s faces when they aren’t entranced with their computer screens. Sørlanet is host to a slew of competitions—gaming, creative and otherwise—that like Simon Eriksen Valvik, the organizer for Sørlanet said, “are an important part of this event. They make people more engaged, and attract more experienced gamers to the computer-party.”. There were competitions for World of Warcraft and other multiplayer games, and there were actual prizes at the end of the rainbow. Or that’s what the world would look like after they looked away from their computer screens. There were also creative competitions, such as a “best desk” competition. People decorated and showed off their homemade computer stations decorated with energy drinks and Christmas lights. There were also computer competitions dealing with programming and hardware setup, which held the possibility of more than just monetary rewards. Some businesses are searching for future employees through events like this, and a week of fun could end up a possible future for some lucky (and smart) individual.

Concerts, Free Trials, and Speeches

On top of competitions, there were other events going on to keep people amused. The reason for this is because, according to Simon, “The alternative entertainment makes Sørlanet a place for everyone. It creates an arena for learning, and possibilities for development.” It allows the Sørlanet-goers to experience activities and events that they wouldn’t have been able to see from the worn our couches in their livingrooms. World of Warcraft offered a 14 day free trial– which resulted in many of the people playing it for hours on end– and different concerts took place on the stage in the corner. That stage was also host to a lawyer talking about the ills of illegal downloading. This was apt because the people who go to computer parties are most likely the ones who are illegally downloading. Not that the lawyer could do anything if any of the participants was illegally downloading in front of him—now that’s irony. Finally, there was a stand by the entrance for the University of Agder, which was meant to get in touch with people considering pursuing computer or engineering degrees. Not that people were thinking about college when surrounded by games.

Living Arrangements

For the people who weren’t hardcore enough to fall asleep at their keyboards and not change their clothes for a week, there were rooms separated from the main hubub of activity to give their eyes, ears and brain a rest. As Simon Valvik said, “The chill out zone was a great success, and was very popular.” There was a separated sleeping zone with beds and sheets in a jumbled mess made from people who clearly didn’t want to take the time to make their beds, and the changing room was in a similar state. The provided “chill out” room was desolate except for a group of kids playing guitar hero in the corner, their eyes glued to the screen. The majority of people were in the main room gaming, enjoying their week off. That’s what everyone said, after all: “We’re here for the games.”

So, Sørlanet was a hit. People got what they came for: a place for weeklong gaming. But, in the end, it was also “Social, instructive, and exciting”, and due to this, it is sure to grow even larger next year.

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Nowegian Student Stereotypes

For the Unikum, the Norwegian student newspaper, I was asked to write an article over university student stereotypes. This is the result:

Norwegian Stereotypes

Everyone knows the Norwegian stereotypical student. Teachers, cashiers, the mailman. If dogs are as intelligent as it is rumored they are, they probably know as well. The stereotypical Norwegian student is procrastinating, likes to party a bit too much, and lives off pop and grandiosa pizza. But how well do students actually live up to their stereotype?

Norwegian students procrastinate. However, pretty much all students procrastinate. Not just Norwegians. It’s like a virus. Though it is a part of the Norwegian stereotype, it is also found in students from all countries all over the world. Procrastination is a way of staying sane when being assaulted by large amounts of work. It allows you a few moments break before the ever growing amount of paperwork tries to drown you again.

But other then procrastination, most students don’t live up to this stereotype. They may retain aspects of it, but they aren’t the stereotype. They don’t live it. The stereotypical elements of the Norwegian students is only part of a whole. The time in the University is one of the few times the Norwegian student inhabits two conflicting paradigms: they are the “antisocial Norwegians” but the time they spend at the University is “supposed to be the most social time of [their] lives.” The way this works out is students spend more time in group projects and, as per the stereotype, going to bars and drinking. For all Norwegians, not just students, drinking is a social activity, and it makes sense then that Norwegians, in the “most social time of [their] lives” would spend more time drinking. Finally, as per the unhealthy food, most students indulge in that aspect of the stereotype from time to time. When Norwegians have a gathering, unless they are getting together to cook, they are probably going to eat grandiosa. If you go to the movie theaters, you eat popcorn or raid the enticing candy lining the register. The primary reason University students go for these is because it is quick and easy to make. When you have a mound of paperwork staring at you and a social life to attend to, it takes time to make food that the University student can’t allow to make.

Ironically, the students that do live up to the stereotype don’t live up to it consistently throughout the school year. The stereotypical students start off partying everyday skipping class and eating grandiosa pizza. Then, like the birds that migrate south when they start feeling the onslaught of winter(for the first semester, at least), the stereotypical students start seeing the terrifying cold on the horizon: finals. About a month before finals start, the stereotypical students kick it into gear and start reading their books and finishing up any projects they need to do. For about a month out of the school year all students are equal and united under the umbrella of hardwork, or at least the pretense of it. Who would’ve thunk it?

If students don’t spend their every moment partying, what do they do with their time? And where does all their money go? Though everyone has their own hobbies and ways to waste time, there are several past times that were repeatedly mentioned from people as major time wasters. But really, if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. One was the TV. Another was the Internet, and inclusive of the internet, Facebook. Believe me, those Facebook quizzes can be addicting. The next most frequently mentioned was work. To spend money, you have to have it in the first place. As for money, Nowegian students spend a whole lot of money on food and coffee. I’m sure the fact that the coffee cups provided at the school look like they weren’t properly sized after leaving Wonderland and the fact that the cafeteria food is expensive enough to break any budget doesn’t help. Because even the students who don’t fulfill the stereotype have a tendency to party on the weekends, a lot of money goes towards beer, wine, and other alcohol filled products. Oh, and did I forget to mention beer? Imbibing alcohol is like purposefully putting a hole in your wallet. Like Pia said, “People say they are poor but they go out partying every weekend ” And beer costs money. Norwegian students also spend a lot of money on clothes and up to date electronics.

So, Norwegian Students don’t live up to their stereotype. They dance around it, but they never fully embody it. And now you know.

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Quick, Cheap Meals

Now, over the course of the semester I’ve come up with several cheap, quick meals to save my sanity. I can’t cook banquet level meals everyday, after all, and all that chopping and cutting can get annoying if I do it to often. The dorms don’t come with toasters or microwaves, so yes, you need to actually cook if you want food.

No. 1: Spaghetti with Pesto.

Spaghetti at it’s cheapest is 10 kroner, and Pesto just a tad more expensive then that. Because you buy pesto in a jar, you are buying pesto for more then just a meal as well. It’s quick to make, and actually tastes halfway decent if you don’t overcook the spaghetti or go crazy with the pesto sauce. I am going to assume that this dish is self explanatory.

No. 2: Wasa Bread with Cheese.

This is the Norwegian version of cheese and crackers, with the cracker the size of a gram cracker and the crackers come in just as many different types. You might see a professor or fellow students snacking on it during break. As for the cheese, if you want to go the cheap route you can get a block of cheese for 100 kr. (it will last you a while and is worth the money). You can cut off pieces of cheese as you need it, and the time to eat and make it is pretty much zilch. If you don’t mind spending about 30 kr. a tube for different kinds of cheese, then there is even more variation of taste available. The tubes of cheese are essentially squeeze cheese, and come mixed up with either bacon, shrimp, or beef. There are probably more types, but they aren’t nearly as common.

No. 3: Egg Sandwiches/Scrambled Eggs

Eggs are a good deal price wise too, around 20 kr. usually, though you do need to know how to not burn things if you are going to make eggs. (The fire alarms in the student housing are horribly sensitive and are always going of for something or another)

Granted, the only really Norwegian food on here is the wasa bread, but everything else requires actual cooking. There will be another installment with Norwegian foods and recipes.

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Making Food as a College Student in Norway

Food. Everyone loves food. I love food, and I have been utterly spoiled with good food the majority of my life. My dad has a garden out back, so I get fresh food of some sort– such as carrots and tomatoes and dill– for a good majority of the year. My dad loves to cook, and his stirfrys are the stuff dreams are made of, and the things my mom bakes are the things dreams want to be. When I was going to school at UNO, I could always count on my parents to be shoving some sort of amazing food off on me. I never really had to cook. And even when I was on my own, there was this amazing thing called ramen, which is amazingly cheap. You can get a pack of them for a little over a dollar. And if ramen isn’t your thing, you can also go the fast food, pizza, or other instant meals route. So, though I could cook, I never really needed to. I was living pretty good.

And then I came to Norway.

In Norway I don’t have my parents to make me chicken salad and german chocolate cake, and this meant that I got to cook for myself for the first time on a regular basis. So, I had to come up with more creative ways of getting food then just begging for it whenever I felt the urge.

Ok, so I didn’t have my parents shoving food off me. What about my second option, instant foods? In Kristansand, they don’t really have fast food restaurants unless you count McDonald’s. Which I don’t, because I think that it’s absolutely disgusting. As for instant foods, there is only one kind of ‘instant’ food that Norwegians seem to consume with any degree of relative frequency. And this is Grandiosa pizza. For college students, Grandiosa pizza is ‘king’ (That’s a common phrase Norwegians use– when they think something is awesome, they say that it is king.) Every college student eats Grandiosa pizza. Ironically, I don’t care for the original Graniosa pizza that much because it is slathered with peppers, the bane of my existence. Maybe it’s just because I’m not used to it, but it certainly didn’t live up the the hype it was given. The only other restaurants that could possibly be student friendly are Pizza Rio and this Oriental place down on the walking street. At Pizza Rio you can get the buffet—139 kr. – or split a pizza with people to even out the costs. The oriental restaurants run in about the same price range as the buffet. But even then, this isn’t cheap takeout– this is a once in a while treat if you feel like splurging money.

So, I was left with the final option: I got to learn to cook. On a regular basis. To do this I got to go to the supermarket on and purchase vegetables and spices and meats that I would need to do actual cooking. When shopping for food in Norway, because its land isn’t very conducive to the cultivation of most vegetables, most of there food is imported, making it even more expensive then it would otherwise be. The imports also doesn’t taste as good, but I think that’s my ‘I’m spoiled with garden food’ talking. So, what’s good in Norway? Fish and potatoes boys and girls, fish and potatoes. Fish and potatoes are also pretty cheap, which is a bonus. Potatoes are also an extremely versatile vegetable, so they can be boiled, steamed, made into mashed potatoes, put in a stew… the list goes on. If you want to take the time to go down to the fish market, you can get fish there at a half decent price as well. If you aren’t that skilled, you can also go the spaghetti route, which costs about 10 kr. a pack. It’s the ramen of Norway, and not many people are inept enough at cooking to mess up spaghetti.

And this is the where and how’s of getting decently priced food in Norway.

Note on Kitchen Supplies: Students aren’t provided Microwaves. So that route is extinguished as well.

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Queue Lines

Something interesting about Norway is the lines. In Norway, when you need to get something like, oh say a student card, you go up to a metal box, press a red button, and take the little piece of receipt-like paper that comes out. Now, once you have that piece of paper, you keep it. It is your key, your golden ticket, and the only thing keeping you from having to wait who knows how long for the next number you take to come up on the pretty board. Because that’s what happens– the numbers correspond to the machine, and once your number shows up it is your window of opportunity to do whatever you need to do.

Now, when I first came to Norway, I didn’t know about the red button ticket system. When I needed my student card, I figured I would go up to the office, give them my information, and get a student card. (By the way, student cards are very useful. You kind of need them to be able to do most things you will need to do for school, like checking out books and printing from the school computers. They also give you nifty discounts on things like bus tickets, and in Norway the more saved the better.) Surprisingly, it worked. I walked in and they gave me a student card, while the rest of the exchange students were languishing about getting to the place where they make the student cards for the next several days. It was a win situation for me, and I didn’t realize it until later.

The brings up an important point: Norwegians seem to sit on two extreme degrees of the ‘I don’t feel like doing anything right now’ or the ‘I will follow the rules to the letter’ spectrum. At least in regards to the red button ticket thing. Some people will care a bit too much, and some won’t care at all and you can just walk up and get whatever you need to get done done.

In a case and point of when just walking up wouldn’t work, there is the red button ticket line with the police station. When you are studying abroad in Norway you are going to be staying there for more then 60 days, which means that you need to get a residence permit. It entails a bunch of paperwork and choking up a bit of money for random things like pictures and what seems like either the paperwork processing or the right to stay in Norway. I think it essentially amounts to the same thing. So, all the exchange students were trying to get their residence permits at the same time amongst the other refugees and immigrants trying to get their permits, and you need to somehow get over there at the right time when you guess your number is going to come up and hope that you won’t miss your classes. Overall, it was a huge hassle, especially when I got an idiot who wasn’t away of the exchange student situation and had to go back twice.

However, Norway isn’t all red button ticket lines– in places like grocery stores there is a normal queue line system for purchasing groceries. That part is normal, even if some of the foods and the pricing certainly isn’t.

So, the pros of the system is that if you have a long wait, you aren’t stuck in a line for forever waiting. And waiting. And then waiting some more. However, trying to guess what time your number will come up is tricky, and if you miss it you’re out of luck. So both work, it’s just a matter of what you’re used to.

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Norwegian Movie Theaters

The Movie Theater in Kristiansand is called “Kino”. I was surprised because the movies showing in Norway are pretty much the same movies that you would see in Omaha. For example, they showed Inception, Toy Story 3, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow part 1. I was surprised that they don’t have their own movies so much– mostly they watch American and other imported movies and subtitle them in Norwegian and watch them in English. It has been attributed to the fact that Norwegians don’t dub over their movies that their English is so good. And yes, Norwegians in general speak very good English. So, they usually open movies a couple weeks after they come out in America– I watched Inception at home before I left, and it was just coming out in Norway when I came here. Another interesting thing is that, though for most Norwegian shops instead of standing in line you press a button and get a ticket to hold your place in line, the movie theater has its own line and what you do is you pick out where you want to sit instead of just sitting anywhere you want like in the U.S., Germany, and from what it seems like most other countries. You can also at this point purchase candy, drinks, or popcorn for the movie– and instead of having a separate counter for the food and having them put together the popcorn from vats and such for you, they have entire cases of popcorn already filled in red and white stripped boxes and ready to eat. You purchase the food and the ticket at the same counter. And the ticket system works the same as in the U.S., and it looks the same too. Norwegians do make their own movies, they are just few and far between. And also, the commercials are obviously not American– they are instead sometimes in slideshows and they are all in Norwegian. When I saw Harry Potter it was interesting because the mostly slideshow commercials were changed to show actual commercials with actors and the like, and it was probably because they knew that everyone was going to go see Harry Potter, and that’s why everyone and their dog was advertising that day. Also, when you exit the movie theater, you exit though the back, which is interesting because the first time you follow the crowd and leave you get turned around and it’s a bit  awkward, but if you have any sense of direction(which I in no way claim to have) then you’ll be good.

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The “way we do things”

I joined the student newspaper at Unikum as a way to still write and learn more about the culture. This way I would also me able to interact with Norwegian students who would otherwise be unsociable– it’s a way to meet people.

What’s interesting about the newspaper is the fact that it seems to have trouble keeping people. The Norwegians don’t seem to want to be responsible for the paper or in a leadership position, so the jobs are constantly shuffled around. This is the complete opposite from America where leadership rolls are a competitive position which people fight for.

Also, there is a large amount of “Do whatever you want. Just tell us what you want to cover and we’ll figure it out. If you want to review a concert or a movie just ask and we can get you tickets.”  This line has been repeated so many times I’m surprised it hasn’t become a mantra. In many ways this is nice because it allows the newspaper to become something that is more useful and interesting for the students because it reflects their interests. At the same time, subjects such as news tend to be neglected because students don’t want to cover it. This isn’t just the case in the Student Newspaper either– Bianca(a Romanian exchange student) has joined the radio and the students decided to give her her own show. She was met with the same attitude as the Newspaper club– just do whatever. As long as you are doing something, it doesn’t matter what.

Another point is that, as a club, the Newspaper is very well funded by the government. In fact, all clubs are well funded and allow for trips to other countries to be included in club activities. Unikum is heading to Rome for a week, and only 1000 kroner plus eating expenses are required out of pocket. This is apparently very common, precisely because most clubs are so well funded. In the U.S. there are some trips like this, but not for this price and not nearly so common.

So, “just do whatever” is the way Norwegians do things. When I asked about it, the reason one Norwegian gave is that “We don’t really care enough to put to much work into anything really. Norwegians are lazy. I think it’s all the oil money.” At first I thought he was just being cynical, but when I asked more then one person about it I received almost the same but definitely similar answers. Go figure.

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The healthcare system in Norway is… let’s just say it’s not up to par. I never thought I would be yearning for the American healthcare system, but there the doctors are at least competent.

About a week ago I came down with a cold. I can deal with colds– I’ve had them before, and though unpleasant, they are dealt with with inordinate amounts of sleep and chicken soup. Which I have been making spades.

However, I also have chronic sinus and ear infections. So, when I started to feel the distinctive pain in my ear I knew exactly what it was. Later that day my left ear developed a “bubble” of sorts and I had to leave a newspaper club meeting because I couldn’t focus through the pain. I could also no longer hear out of that ear. At this point in time I took two Ibuprophen for the pain: I’m in Jujitsu so I can survive a little pain– I’m not so sensitive that I whine at every opportunity. Ear infections have to be treated with anti-bacteria treatments of some sort otherwise the ear drum can be ruptured and permanent hearing loss is induced. By the time I arrived at the dorm I apparently looked pretty bad, because my roommate said she knew someone who had a car to take me to the ER.

At the ER we had to take a number and then go to the nurses’ station. There, the nurse takes your information and then tells you to wait until your name is called. We waited two and a half hours in the waiting room. According to the people that drove me(because apparently everyone is getting sick), someone who broke his wrist had to wait over five hours for his name to be called. There was a woman a couple chairs over from mine whose face was red and she clearly was having trouble breathing through the pain in her stomach. She waiting at least an hour and a half. I should count myself lucky that I was called after two and a half hours.

When my name was called, I got to wait some more outside the doctors office. The lady who the people I was with assumed had appendix problems was still waiting on the doctor. A policeman took a urine sample of a hobo in the bathroom next to the doctors office.

After some time, I was allowed into the doctors office. The doctor was completely informal, but is was clear he understood English. I told him that couldn’t hear and that I had pain from a bubble in my ear. I also told him that I have chronic ear infections. The doctor checked my ears and affirmed my suspicion that I did have an ear infection. He told me that be was going to prescribe me a –shocker– antibacterial regimen. He didn’t ask what I was allergic to beforehand, so after looking at the prescription I had to tell him that I was allergic to Amoxicillin, Bactrim, and Penicillin. After rewriting the prescription I asked if the prescription was mold based because I have severe allergic reactions to molds in that I can’t breath. There’s a reason I can’t have Penicillin. The doctor then spent the next five to ten minutes searching wikipedia to try to figure out if what he gave me was mold based. At this point in time the Doctor said that infections usually clear up on their own, and in his experience they only cause problems. While this may be the case with illnesses such as colds, it isn’t the case with infections. There’s a reason people use hydrogen peroxide to clean out cuts. If you can’t clean out the infected area, it doesn’t fix itself. I have been told this by more then one doctor over the course of my life. After all this, I had to wait until the Pharmacy opened the next day to fulfill the prescription.

Several days later I still can’t hear out of my left ear and am still taking Ibuprofen for the pain in my ear. In fact, I woke up at five this morning due to the medicine wearing off.

So, don’t get sick in Norway. It only causes problems.

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Jujitsu in Norway

In Omaha I take Tikan Jujitsu, which is a version of Japanese or defense Jujitsu. In it we start with various positions– just as being strangled or pushed or punched– and learn how to turn that situation to our advantage. Because I have been practicing Jujitsu for so long and I enjoy it so much, I wanted to continue practicing martial arts despite my relocation to Norway.

So, Sport Jujitsu.

Sport Jujitsu consists of three parts: the punching/attacking, the takedown, and the groundwork. When broken up like that it sounds a lot like Brazilian Jujitsu, and you can tell that they are related, but the extra stress on the attacking and takedowns help differentiate it from Brazilian Jujitsu.

Now, add Norway to the mix.

Martial arts aren’t very big in Norway. Martial arts are related to violence and not learning for protection or for fun or for a workout, so mostly guys try to learn martial arts in Norway. The Sports Jujitsu place I am learning at takes place in a basement downtown, and it is an actual dojo with blue mats and red punching bags available for practice.

Learning sport jujitsu in Norway will be interesting.

I arrived early for the first class, so I had a chance to introduce myself to one of the instructors– he had a brown belt and I could tell be was Norwegian by more then his thick accent. We established my credentials, and I got to see the beginnings of sport jujitsu. Sport Jujitsu is interesting because, like brazilian jujitsu, most of anything that could be considered dangerous was taken out. I didn’t see many if any wrist locks, and I doubt finger stripping would be allowed.

When class started, we began with a run around the mats. Then we did an aerobics routine consisting of cross punching, pushups, downward punches, situps, knees, and jump-sits. There was a notable lack of interest in specifics– we weren’t told how to punch or what way was supposed to be most effective, we were just told to wail on the pads. Which is exactly what we did.

Next they (the two instructors) taught rolling. The rolls in sport jujitsu are the same in the defense jujitsu I know, so there was no new material for me. It was amazing to be able to practice again though– I’ve missed being able to roll around on the mats to my hearts content.

Then we were taught sweeps, only they seemed more like trips because they were from behind. I have done this kind of sweep only once before, but it was fun to practice because from there we went into an arm bar. You see it in the first part of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3aD1s4tA70

The instructors also demonstrated a hip throw with a different entrance then I’m used to and taught forward rolling through a hands and knees start approach.

There were also some interesting stretches in the cool down. In one stretch we slid our hands behind our backs to stretch our shoulder muscles.

So, though there are some differences, I think I’m going to like Jujitsu in Norway.

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The French Roommate

My roommate is French, and she doesn’t always understand me when I speak English. We had a bit of a rocky start regarding the fact that she wanted to share the costs for food and I didn’t understand what she wanted, but everything is worked out now.

Because she doesn’t speak English very well, and also because she is missing home, she prefers the company of other French girls. Today I joined them for dinner and we played cards afterwards. It was a nice night.

The food in Norway is expensive. Meat is obscenely expensive. So, everyone is trying to make food on a limited budget and not much meat. So, dinner consisted of pesto sauce with macaroni, apple juice, hot dogs with mayonnaise, and a “French Salad”. The French salad was a cold salad consisting of corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and other vegetables I can’t remember in balsamic vinegar. It was tasted innately different from the cold salads I am used to at home, with cut up apples and mayonnaise and sunflower seeds, but that didn’t change the fact that it was good. I am going to have to find out the recipe.

The first card game we played was Egyptian Rats Crew, and the other French girls were taught the game at a barbecue last Saturday by some American girls, and didn’t remember the name. This card game is fast and furious and involves slapping the table, so everyone quickly obtained twitchy hands from trying to slap the cards at the right time.

The second card game was a game I taught them– Kings in the Corners. The cards we played with didn’t have the alternating colors of black and red and were instead all an obscene color of pink, so it was interesting trying to remember what suite was what color. The game was picked up fast enough, and everyone had a good time.

The second game was more interesting from the first, not just because it was slower, but also because of the implications of what happens when people have time to think. Whenever my family plays this game, we are all competitive. If someone misses an opportunity to move some cards around, no one sweats about taking advantage of that fact. It’s a part of the game to see what other people miss. When we played Kings in the Corners tonight, L and the other French girls would help each other and point it out if one of them missed a play. The game wasn’t competitive, it was just a game to relax and spend time with other people. So Americans are competitive. We know this. However, the fact that it is such an ingrained behavior that we are competitive in our leisure time suggests that this is an innate difference between French and American culture.

I wonder at what point we (Americans) truly enjoy games if winning isn’t attached. It is different for everyone– that is the conflict between culture and individualism– but something is lost if we only play games to win.

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