25. My First Magic: the Gathering Tournament

Last night, I participated in my first Magic: the Gathering tournament. For those who don’t know, Magic: the Gathering is a collectible card game. When you collect cards, you can build your own deck and play a strategy game.


Magic the Gathering is like a cross between chess and poker (chess in that the cards you use have specific abilities, poker in that you want to hide your cards from your opponent). VERY FUN!


I didn’t realize so many took Magic: the Gathering seriously. For me, the game is simply a fun activity to do with friends. But at the tournament, it was a lifestyle. Some had been playing between 10 and 15 years! So naturally they knew everything, including the fact that half my deck was illegal.

Despite my vigilant battle efforts (pun intended), I didn’t win a single game. My opponents had too many great cards and too much experience for my amateur abilities. Despite losing everything, though, I still graciously accepted my participation award (1 booster pack/15 random cards).

My take-home from last night was the experience. I was exposed to great players in a beautiful (but geeky) atmosphere. Untamed Worlds was a great host, and for those of you who like comic books, board games, or collectibles, Untamed Worlds is the place to be.

They host weekly Magic: the Gathering tournaments, and I plan to compete in as many as I can.

So what do you guys think? Should I consider Magic: the Gathering only a hobby? Or should I make it a lifestyle?

I encourage comments.



24. If You’re Bored, Read This…


Have you ever been stuck somewhere with nothing to do? Has it ever crossed your mind that dying of boredom might actually be possible?

Last weekend, it snowed in my city. By Saturday afternoon, fifteen inches of powdery white fluff glazed our property, and I was forced to remain indoors.

Believe me… I know boredom.

When boredom consumes me, I sometimes fall into limbo. I try to think of things I enjoy, but the boredom sucks the creativity from my mind, leaving me helpless.

Here’s some surprising advice that has helped me a lot: don’t fight it, because boredom is good.


“Hmmm… Let me say it again. BOREDOM IS GOOD!

Let’s face it, Lingering Lamb subscribers! Although frustrating at times, boredom can be a tremendous blessing. How would I have developed a love for writing? Or learned to play Magic: The Gathering? Or get the idea to start a video game club? Or even decide to author this blog had in not been for boredom?

When boredom is accompanied by diligent thinking (and a pinch of motivation), it turns into an opportunity to learn something new. And believe me… I have tried MANY new things, and a lot of these things have turned into lasting hobbies.

You obviously know that I love to read, write, and play video games (that much is obvious).

…But did you know that I’m a drummer?

…Did you know that my high school basketball team won the East Coast Championship my junior year?

…Or the fact that my partner and I were ranked second in the USA for beach volleyball?

…Did you know that I can solve a rubix cube in 28 seconds?

Throughout my life, boredom has given me opportunities to experience new things and to meet new people.

So my advice to you is this: Never take a moment of boredom for granted. And when you’re bored, force yourself to do something you don’t like. It may end up being one of the best things you ever do.

So what do you guys think? What are some advantages or disadvantages of boredom? I encourage comments.