Illinois::Naperville is a storied region when it comes to inter-regional word wars. Starting in 2005, we have challenged different regions to inter-regional word wars and have won every time:
- 2005: defeated Toronto (total word count!)
- 2006: defeated Montreal (average wordcount from here on out)
- 2007: defeated Ottawa (song not recorded, but they sang it to me in a coffeeshop in Ottawa)
- 2008: defeated France
- 2009: defeated Birmingham-West Midlands and Belgium/Holland
As you can see, there has been an interesting side bet every year since 2006 to have the losing region sing the winning region's song (our's is a parody of Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet).
This year as in past years, we expect to challenge a region based on the regional wordcount standings. It's good to choose a region that is ahead of us (a little) at this point; and it is good to choose a region that is around our size in terms of members.
Who should we challenge? How much of an acceleration/boost can we achieve in the coming weeks? How high should we aim? Note that Birmingham-West Midlands (currently below us 6534 (184th) to 7114 (88th) wants a rematch ;-). Are we too far ahead?
- British Columbia::Vancouver, 81st in the world, 7167 words as of 11/7
- Holland and Belgium, 85th in the world, 7139 words as of 11/7
What are your thoughts?
P.S. Kansas City is now 168th in the world with 6618 words as of 11/7----------