You know, when I was young, I assumed the word cheshire meant smiling, since that’s really most of what the Cheshire Cat did in the Disney movie. But in fact, the word cheshire has nothing to do with that at all.
So where did that word Cheshire come from and how did get applied to a cat? Well, turns out Google doesn’t really know either.
“It is not 100% clear why Carroll named this character ‘Cheshire Cat‘. “To grin like a Cheshire Cat” was a common phrase in Carroll’s day. Its origin is unknown, but it may have originated from a sign painter in Cheshire, who painted grinning lions on the sign-boards of inns in the area.”
Works for me.
More useless knowledge from me. And so, we should just get to Joanna Whitney with the eyewitness report:
I fully admit to being superstitious. I had the thought 2 weeks ago, after another frustrating loss, that I should wear my furry vest that I wore to the draft. I forgot lat week and we lost again. I couldn’t help but wonder if my vest would have made a difference (I know this is not supported by facts, but I also know at least one person out there doesn’t wash some article of clothing during a winning streak and that person just gets me). This week I made sure to don my furry vest that Don gave me (see what I did there?). And guess what ya’ll? WE WON! Now it could have been the fact that we had a few less subs than normal, thus allowing us to flow well, or Jeremy’s amazing d throughout the night (kid got a run through d on Korb!), or Fuse and Tahlia bringing their confidence to their handling, or Joanna 2 taking on Remy and staying right on her heels as she broke deep for a huck (which let’s be honest, no one is ever excited about being in that position – girl is talented), but I like to think that my vest had some Cheshire magic of its own. In general, we played chilly, got to connect on hucks more than we have in the past, played some amazing d, only had one moment of grumbling about an out call, and got to see how strong our whole team is across the board.
We are also still holding on strong to an undefeated record of bar attendance. Last night it was something like 9-1. Keep on being you Cheshire, we’ve got the right priorities!
I wasn’t going to write much today and instead focus whoever happens to read the recaps towards some articles about gender equity*, but I had to brag a little about my team. So I leave you with this article I just read about why women don’t seem to play rec leagues at the same numbers as men:
I encourage everyone to read it, knowing full well that the people who probably need to read it most won’t. (This is me hoping reverse psychology/working towards people’s egos might get someone who needs this perspective to actually read the article). I also promise to actually read the comments here if anyone wants to discuss the article. You can also always come to the LAOUT Gender Equity monthly meeting to talk more and be a force for good in our community!
*Note: adding this article is in no way related to our game last night, both teams really make great efforts to make space for everyone on their teams, I just was reading this article right before I had to write this recap on my lunch break.
Joanna did look very happy in the furry vest, which she also wore to the bar. So perhaps she was trying to get some good fortune at the bar as well. I know they didn’t “win” the bar, cause we were the last ones there, so the furry vest only goes so far.
I read the article that she linked to. But I’ll include my thoughts in a comment, not as part of this post.