Monday, March 30, 2009

Wii Bowling Scores

Here are the results from our first annual Wii Bowling Night

Gold: Chase (high game: 267)
Silver: Jamie (high game: 246)
Bronze: Bryan R (high game: 175)
Honorable Mention: Scott (hg: 176)

Top 5 high games
267 Chase
248 Chase
246 Jamie
225 Jamie
225 Matthew

Overall Statistics
Jim 135, 140
Katie 123
Tracy 136
Noelle 178, 168, 147
Matthew 158, 225, 147
Dave 111, 182, 119
Garrett 166, 142, 130
Chase 219, 199, 267, 248
Hannah 119
Donna 161, 159, 109
Brandon 161, 146, 124
Jakin 113, 100
Becky 122, 144, 168
Josh 185, 147, 155, 147
Jamie 199, 203, 246, 225
Scott 176, 175, 161, 150
Joe 173, 164
Evelyn 157
Robbin 169, 113
Fred 143, 153, 151
Nancy 129, 132
Bryan R 155, 175, 152, 172
Brian P 167, 139
Phil 116
Emerald 119


Katie said...

sweetie... I hate to be the one to tell you, but there is no such thing as a "first annual" :-)

matthew said...

you are incorrect

Katie said...

If you go by the actual definition of the word annual meaning "Occurring or returning once a year" in addition to the socially accepted definition of an annual event being something that is repeated from a previous year, then the statement "first annual" is an oxymoron.....

..... which is a seemingly self-contradictory statement. Which means that though as Americans we understand what "first annual" means as (to quote your source) "an expression", we know that doesn't make it any more grammatically correct.

Lastly, I would like to argue the validity of your source: Paul Brians or his book have no Wikipedia entry. How can you support something if your favorite resource site has no record of it????

matthew said...

"First annual" is not an oxymoron. The wii bowling tournament will be occuring or returning once a year.

And if you can argue that it is 'socially accepted' that 'annual' means repeated from the previous year, I can argue that it is 'socially accepted' that 'first annual' means there is an intention to repeat the event in subsequent years.

Not only does 'first annual' communicate well, but it is also NOT grammatically incorrect, since it grammatically means the beginning occurrence of a yearly occurrence, which is exactly what the wii bowling night was.

As for my source, it was the first entry when I typed in 'first annual' on google, which is an even better source than wikipedia!

Katie said...

I based my opinion of the socially accepted definition of 'annual' on the actual definition of the word and the way we use it... I'm not just making facts up.

Naturally, when someone says something is the "first annual" he or she has an intention of repeating the event, but the statement is not a guarantee that it will happen.....

Now, lets fast forward three years from now, to our third annual bowling tournament. At that time, you could say "Remember at our first annual bowling tournament, when Matthew tied for 5th place with two other people?"

That statement would be correct, because we know it was the first annual of something, because the second and third annual had already happened. At this point, the Wii Bowling tournament was just a pretty fun event that we want to do again next year. You can't figure into your logic that you and I are in charge, so of course there will be a second annual bowling tournament- that would be too subjective. So if you were looking at this scenario objectively with no personal involvement, you can only hope there will be another bowling tournament... At this point saying there will be more is relying on future events.

James 4:13-17:
"Now listen, you who say, "Today or Tomorrow we will go to this city or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil."

Katie said...

I'd like to hear a vote from the class on this, too.

matthew said...

We do not have to wait for the future to trust in coming events. As Christians, we believe Romans 8:29 which says...

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Firstborn among many sounds an awful lot like 'first annual' to me. We don't have to pretend that we are not part of the situation. Jesus is a reliable indicator. And even though neither you nor I are Jesus, we have proven ourselves trustworthy to bring about events on a consistent basis. Looking at the situation objectively INCLUDES our dependability!

matthew said...

I vote for Matthew. His arguments are really good!

Katie said...

"...that he might be the firstborn among many brothers."

The use of the word "might" brings about the possibility that he wouldn't be the firstborn among many. It's not a guaranteed occurrence (so thanks for providing something that connected with my argument in my 3rd post).

And, this verse is inspired writing talking about the firstborn of many believers... not the first of an annual Wii Bowling Tournament at Hess Road Church. It's hard to compare the two as identical usage of a word when they are so different in nature.

Also, being Christians doesn't come into consideration in this argument; we are talking about proper Grammar and English communication. Your statement about Jesus being a reliable indicator holds no bearing... and because this discussion is about your mis-use of the term "first annual," our subjective characteristics don't come in to play either (even if they did, what's to say that we won't hold another Wii Bowling Tournament in October/November? What would you call it then?)

As a 3 month anniversary present, I will cease my side our discussion, so no one finds out the truth about how your wife can out-debate you. :-)

Katie said...

I learned in a phone call that I have to vote for myself or Matthew wins.

I vote for Katie!

bryan said...

Ha! and i thought marrige was all about comprimise :)