Sunnyvale, CA (and everyone should try question time)

May 7, 2007

Looks like that’s where I’m headed for a couple of days next month for training. I am hoping I can arrive a few days early and drive down to L.A. to visit my friend E! She’s in my top 2 favorite people and my #1 favorite non-related to me person.

Nearly every week day E and I play question time. Where any SFW question can be asked and answered. We have educational question time (Do you believe in the rules of attraction?), pop culture question time (What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?), and puppy question time (What’s your favorite kind?). We are two girls who know how to make best use of our daily downtime at work.

You should find a friend and play question time with them whenever possible. All you need is an instant messenger (I prefer GTalk) and an inquisitive nautre. You’d be surprised how much you learn about your friend and yourself when you open up for question time.

Recently, my sister and I started playing question time, but we added a twist: points! So, you can always be like “It’s question time! The score is 22-18! Looks like someone needs to read up on the subject of me.”

The points work like this:

Ask a question and guess your opponent’s answer. If you guess right you score a point. If you guess wrong, then no points.

The unbelieveable thing is that question time seriously helps your social skills. You know how all relationships have awkward silences to fill and you have no idea what to say? You’re drawing a blank?! Well, practice question time 3 days a week or more and I promise you’ll see an improvement in your face-to-face social game.

Going up to that guy at the bar will be a sinch after a few rounds. Your ice breaker could always be, “Hey, is anyone sitting here? Do you wanna play question time with me? I’ve got to warn you it’s pretty intense so hold on to your socks!” Of course, I recommend that you practice online or with friends first to find your question time style and to get comfortable.

If you try question time let me know how it goes for you and if you make any ammendments to the way we’ve played it.

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