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Friday, February 23, 2007

inner conflict, and man answering his own question

"hey, e____, do you know what's weird about playing chess against yourself?" says me.
"um... uh..." sounds of woman rummaging for pots and pans.
"whichever side i'm sitting at is the one most likely to win. you know, if i sit on black's side, black wins. if i sit on white's side, white wins," says me.
"okay," she says.
"i know, the real answer to the question 'do you know what's weird about playing chess against yourself?' is 'the fact that you are playing chess against yourself', but the other thing that's weird is how the side i'm sitting at is much more likely to win."
"i think it's great when you answer your own questions like that," she says.

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