The National Spelling Bee is on ESPN this morning and then ABC for the final rounds tonight. I'm Tivoing it because I won't be home, which is probably really dorky. There's an online test on the website, which is pretty fun. (I scored a 23.)
I've blogged about this before, but I may as well again. In fifth grade I qualified for the district spelling bee, but was knocked out on the word halibut, which I thought was kind of unfair for a 5th grader, since it's not like I was in the habit of purchasing fish on my own. I spelled it halibit. Because that's how the judges pronounced it. Because they were evil. And, from how my family tells it, I was quite inconsolable afterwards. The winning word in that bee was refrigerator. Which was a very, very, very easy word in comparison, I thought at the time. I have eaten halibut only once since then, and only because it was at a wedding and there was no alternative choice. Well, okay, I guess I had a choice not to eat it. But I ate it. And it ruined my ability to honestly say I've never eaten halibut since spelling it wrong in the spelling bee. And so I wish I hadn't eaten it. Even though the taste was unobjectionable, if I'm being completely honest.
UPDATE 11:55AM -- after watching the first hour of coverage on ESPN, I'll call my pick for the winner -- Easun Arunachalam. Seemed the most confident so far. He's one of the youngest but seems to have skipped a grade or two (an 11 year old 7th grader).