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The results are online, and as I expected, I managed to finish last in my class on both days of the ROC A-Meet. By a wide margin too.

I can't remember finishing dead last in a competition before. Mostly I avoid competitive contests and when I have entered, as for instance, a road race, my paramount goal is simply to avoid last place. In a road race, with a large field, there's almost always someone slower, who takes the burden of trailing the field on themselves. The rest of us back-of-the-packers probably owe these plodding heros a special award. As Mary so bravely put it at one local orienteering meet, "Somebody's got to finish last. Why not me?"

Probably there are a few Orange course runners who, having crashed about the woods, disoriented and confused, are right now feeling warm thoughts toward some poor wreck of an orienteer named "Mayer" who made their effort look good by comparison. To be honest, most of the other Orange competitors seemed to be Cadets from the West Point Military Academy so, I suppose, it was nothing less than my patriotic duty, to be careless out there.

As it happens, the computer game I entered in the Third Adrift One-Hour Competition (for text adventures made with the Adrift system in an hour) fared better. Doom Cat!! finished 4 out of 13. Anyone interested in delving into Adrift can check out the Adrift site. The one-hour games are downloadable from the "Adventures" page.

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