Rock, Paper, Scissors Redux
Yes! A rock, paper, scissors tournament!
Experienced players say winning is not just a matter of luck but strategy. On their first throw, Walker said, novices throw out a fist -- a Rock -- nearly two out of three times. So any player worth his or her salt knows a flat hand -- Paper -- will beat an amateur.
That's why, said Miguel Frutos, a 39-year-old bartender from Healdsburg, he planned a "Scissor throw" in the first round.
"There's a science to it," he said, adding that he honed his skills settling childhood fights with siblings over who had to mow the lawn. "Everyone here's pretty much not as smart as I am."
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Jeff Johnson, a 31-year-old salesman from Santa Rosa, focused on sizing up the competition.
"Whenever you see a tense muscle," he said, flexing his biceps, "they're going Rock. If they look relaxed, it's going to be Paper."
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Maybe there are Michael Jordans in any area of human endeavour. But this is what I think.