when i say "my brain is numb from training class today", i wish i could say it was in respect to the amount of info taken in, or otherwise forcefully crammed in through any convenient orrifice (ear being most efficient, but the nostril being most direct). i'll give you a small inkling by directly quoting the trainer.
"This is important because ... (long pause as he checks a text message DURING CLASS!!) ... it's very, very important."
then he did something that made me feel like a total nerd. he used the word "convenience" during class, then made sidebar comment about said word earning you a lot of points in scrabble. i looked at the word and instantly muttered (somewhere within the dark recesses of my mind) my low opinion of his intellect. you can't use that word in scrabble.
- you only get seven tiles at a time
- "convenience" has eleven letters
- there is no root word in "convenience" that would allow building off of it later in game (you'd need at least 4 letters at first, and the closest thing would be "con", meaning you'd need 8 later, or the miracle that is the next point i'm about to make)
- the possibility of a situation in effect that would allow for you to "fill in the spaces" to spell that word are beyond remote.
i then felt like an even bigger nerd for having run through all the bullet points in my head and making note of them so i could now share them here.
finally, unrelated to the fearless leader's methodology, i was again reminded of the famous phrase of my high school spanish teacher. more than once, when we redundantly went over the same information 3 different ways (gotta love training classes - hits all learning styles at least once per topic) one of the 3 caballeros in the far corner would ask to verify or have reitterated a point we'd just covered. even better was the question only came up 3 minutes into the next topic. "welcome to class". thanks mr. crawford for the phrase that never seems to lose its relevance.