Monday, May 23, 2016

What Happens in Blogland...

As the only woman in my office, working in a very male-dominated industry, I have a rather unique set of perks and challenges. I focus on the perks, which includes things like:
1) If I painted my nails, I'm trying too hard.
2) Barn clothes translate with work clothes with minimal effort and zero commentary.
3) There is literally zero office "relationship" stuff to deal with.

But as I discovered in the past month, there is one other distinct advantage:

4) When I mentioned wanting to set up a fantasy league for Rolex, my coworkers not only had advice on how to run it and what it would entail, but one of them built me this amazing color-coded spreadsheet with all kinds of cool formulas and even learned enough about eventing to do data entry for me.

Wait what?

Yes.

Because anything worth doing is worth smack talking about, I recruited a small group to do a test run of equine-based Rolex Fantasy league. I mean, we all know Ze Terminator was going to win, so that's not a lot of fun. But what if you take 55 horses out of a 72 horse field and try to guess which ones will even get close to finishing?

Now that is quality entertainment.

It was just an experimental test run and there are certainly things I'll tweak if I do this again in the future, but here's essentially what we did:

11 participants each drafted a team of four horses that were entered. We did the draft as close to the event as was reasonably possible while still allowing time for data entry. We included one drop score per team, ostensibly to account for withdrawals and falls on course or the one-off ridiculously high score. (Obviously, there were a lot of ridiculous high scores, but since we were basically drafting the top half of the field, I was thinking we'd miss most of those.)

At this juncture, it is only fair to acknowledge Emma as the unluckiest bastard of all. I believe something like 3/4 of her team either withdrew before the start or chose not to continue after dressage. Whoops. And no, no one gets to say that JenS was cheated. She chose her team for the dressage prowess, not their ability to actually finish anything.

Oh damn. Smack talk not over.

Anyways. I know I tend to go on about the awesome people you meet blogging, but it really is the truth. We were spread all across the US, but thanks to the magic of technology, we watched the live stream together in very different places.





We also experienced a lot of this together:
cue excessive swearing and rebooting
And of course, if you create three epic email threads and the computer-crashing group chat of DOOM, you're going to get a lot of this:
best. notification.ever.

there was a sausage fest
and a real blog meet up
 Pipers were a theme (as were ass shots):




Then dogs started wearing hats... (I was "working" for this segment. I cannot explain).



The smack talk levels were intense.




So was the spreadsheet game:


And even the snacking game:




Yeah. Wow. I can safely say I have never enjoyed Rolex this much, and that's not even because I won the whole thing and got a new shirt with my winnings. #memequeen I'm still laughing hysterically while writing this, so I guess I'm going to wrap it up by saying I can't wait to do this again and thank you blogland for the chance to meet so many amazing people.

23 comments:

  1. Seriously it was beyond fun!!!

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  2. bahahaha!!! Laughing out loud as I remember all the funnies!! We certainly must do it again next year! :D

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    1. OMG scouring the emails/chat for these images was high entertainment.

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    2. "Mike is too hungover to drive."
      "Make him read the chats to you out loud and type back to us."
      "Yeah don't think that's going to happen either."

      Dying of laughter. EPIC weekend!

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    3. Omfg I forgot about this. That'll teach Mike to screw with Rolex.

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  3. wait. how did I possibly miss this?!?!?!

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    1. It was by invite only and we aren't dicks so we didn't brag about it publicly. Until now.

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  4. OMG. so many ass shots. Can wait for Burghley!

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    1. I have now watched enough British eventing to know that I have no idea who's good over there.

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  5. Next time I should probably be choosier about horses instead of just going off which names I liked, haha.

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    1. I dunno. Losing despite having Michael Jung as a pick takes a certain talent. ;) #smacktalk2.0

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  6. This was epic. EPIC I SAY. And the medieval memery was also quite wonderful. ;)

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  7. This is so awesome and not only looks like a blast, but the Excel nerd in me wants to geek out over your worksheet. Because conditional formatting and macros and if then statements make my heart beat a little faster.

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  8. the burninating - it burns!!!! also your coworker wins for most excellent color coding (i woulda done better tho, #jussayin #smacktalknotoveryet) and Niamh wins for freakiest nonfreaky game changing bathroom behavior.

    regardless. i give the SprinklerBandit's Rolex Fantasy League five out of five stars. will definitely buy again!

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    1. I didn't realize I needed to mute notifications on group chat the first day. My phone died shortly after that screenshot.

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  9. I salute you all! This is some next-level sheet.

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  10. Rolex is always fun, but this took it to another level. I am so sad that there aren't more livestreams for us to shenaniganize over.

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  11. OMG this is freaking awesome in every way!!!!!!

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