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Developing a taste Tue, Mar 03, 2009
I learned a new card game this weekend called Wizard.  Let me clearly state that I hate card games.  There are too many rules, the rules aren't organized in any type of digestible way, and said rules are always explained by at least two people speaking simultaneously.  Then there's the fact that new people always lose.  Card games are never full of novices all learning together.  There's always at least one or two masters who explain the game to the beginners.  Since I'm a beginner, I lose.  I don't like losing.  But the only way I'll ever get better is to keep playing.  So in other words, I should keep losing at a game I don't enjoy so that I'll learn to like it.  Fascinating. 

It's kind of like developing a taste for certain types of food or alcohol.  I mentioned a few months ago that I don't like Sam Adams beer, but that I'd like to like it, but that it's hard to develop a taste for something you just don't like.  To do that, you'd need to consistently force yourself to do something you don't enjoy, which sounds like a form of insanity or at the very least masochism. 

Developing a taste for something needs to happen instantaneously and effortlessly.  When I was around 10 years old, I played basketball for the first time, and I immediately developed a taste for it even though I was horrible.  I eventually got better and had the pleasure of sitting on the bench my freshman year of high school.  Similarly, when I was 21, I remember trying Yuengling and hating it, then trying it about four years later and really enjoying it.  Something changed, and it didn't require any effort on my part. 

That being said, I had a fun time playing this new card game.  By the end of the game, I was at least getting positive points, though I still lost overall.  As much as I hate losing, it was at least good to gain a little ground.  Maybe I'll develop a taste for Wizard, so long as I can remember all the ridiculously complex rules. #psychology


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