Half Decathlon

At Cassels Brock we do real work but we also like to have some fun here and there. With Roey leaving at the end of this week and Jake and Kate soon to go, there were openings in different offices and to determine who was moving, a half decathlon competition between Amir and I was set up by commissioners Roey and Jake. The following is a detailed outline of the 5 rounds of competition involving high levels of academics and physical activity.

Round 1 – Skill Testing Question (in 15 seconds)

The first test was an academic question in a high pressure environment. Both contestants had 15 seconds to answer the following question:

(10 + (6*9.5) – 47) / 5

It was a nervous, frantic 15 seconds but after much deliberation and thought, I managed to come out on top with time to spare. Answer is 4.

Winner: Andrew 1-0

Round 2 – Riddle

Commissioner Roey was in charge of coming up with the riddle. After his first riddle being too ridiculous, he came up with the following:

What has holes on the top, bottom, and sides and still holds water?

Amir guessed “cloud” and heard the rejection buzzer. After some meditation and deep thought, I realized the answer was “sponge”. 2-0.

Winner: Andrew 2-0

Round 3 – Card Swiping Speed Competition

Amir came into this competition as the true favourite as he practices this manoeuvre constantly. How does this work? The contestants line up equal distance from the swipe target and swipe their pass cards, first one to get the green light wins. Jake instructed the contestants keep their hands in their pockets until “go” and Roey was the judge. Amir came out of the starting blocks blazing and had the upper hand but alas, the card slipped out of his hands and his last minute stumble allowed me to clinch the title as winner of the half decathlon.

Winner: Andrew 3-0

Round 4 – Voicemail Speed Competition

As a consolation, we ran the voicemail speed competition. The objective is to set up your voicemail for the following day the fastest. After one try, both of us failed to get the dates correct due to the high pressure environment. However on the second try, Amir was able to redeem himself and only lose the decathlon by a score of 3-1.

Winner: Amir

Round 5 – Plank

This was supposed to be the tiebreaker but fortunately we never reached it.

Amir will now be moving into my office for Roey on August 1st. I’d like to thank all my fans, family and friends; without you this would not have been possible. I’d like to thank Amir for his effort and competitive spirit. And of course I have to thank Roey and Jake for acting as commissioners of this great event prior to finishing their summers at Cassels.

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