15. Ping Pong Champ
“I was hanging out with a girl I was seeing at the time and they had a ping pong table near the bar. Two guys were playing and making a big show about how good they thought they were: grunting, rolled sleeves, the works.
When I handed them back a wayward shot, I made a comment about how it looked fun to play. They said that I could get the next game after a guy that was waiting, but their ‘rule’ was anyone that they added in the queue to play and lost had to buy drinks for everyone else. About six people total were playing.
I played competitive ping pong in a league back in med school and even placed highly in some New York City championships. I still play every so often in my current city and have won a few tournaments here as well.
Played possum in the beginning and went down 4-1. Won 21 to like 7 or 8. Didn’t have to pay for a drink or give up my spot until my date was ready to go. No one even made it out of the single digits.”