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Lyle Rhodebeck
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John (my son-in-law) and I played a two-player game of The Pursuit of Happiness on Saturday night. Our goals for the game were “completing the most projects” and “having the highest level of job when you die.” John focused on getting some challenging long-term projects completed, and I focused on retiring and completing short-term projects. John moved ahead early, and ended up winning the game 60-52, even though I accomplished both of the “life” goals. Here is our story.

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John was a nerd! And that’s not a bad thing, as he knew growing up he would always enjoy studying and learning. The first sign of this trait showed up when he joined the Boy Scouts. He did run into a bit of trouble in his 20’s, when he joined a motorcycle gang, but found spiritual growth later when he finally got a job in the Arts world. He was a diligent worker for most of his career, but did eventually lose his job in his 50’s when he found another calling…designing websites!

The other way he matured and got out of trouble with the motorcycle gang was when he met Katherine. She loved working on projects with him and they ended up getting married and raising a family.

John was a true nerd, as he built a great comic book collection early in his life, but then moved on to collect porcelain dolls and clothing. Many people think those two collections are what attracted Katherine to him (LOL!). John was a handy individual as well, and he built a home theatre system for his family, and also a tennis court. John loved music and always bought the latest BOSE headphones when he had the chance.

John lived until he was almost 80 years young, and enjoyed a great life!

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Lyle was an achiever throughout his early life. He really enjoyed working on small short-term projects, and after he got out of school, he focused almost exclusively on his health. He took on a goal of “getting ripped” and accomplished it during his 20’s. Also during this time, he participated in an “amateur theatre” company, and enjoyed directing and starring in the play.

During his 30’s, Lyle continued to focus on his health and bought a personal spa, and took up horseback riding. Finally, as he entered his 40’s, he decided he better finally go to work, so he went back to college, studied hard, and immediately became a “star” scientist at Battelle. The job was great, and it paid the bills for a few years. Lyle never married, but did have a very quick summer fling.

As Lyle entered his 60’s, he was able to fully retire from his job, and take up some new hobbies. He started a “game jam” group who creatively worked to design all aspects of a video game. He also was a runner-up in a Sudoku tournament (he always enjoyed Sudoku), and blew all his money (since he had no heirs) on a shopping spree!!!

Lyle enjoyed everything he accomplished and lived well into his 70’s. What a great life!

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Thank you for your two session reports. The game really sounds like fun.
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Lyle Rhodebeck
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Thanks for your comment. It's a very good family strategy game. Any time my wife enjoys playing a game for 90 minutes, it's a good game! And it lends itself to telling a story, because each player retains what they did during the game!
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