Heather from Dooce.com occasionally mentions that being the valedictorian of her high school class hasn't really paid off that much in her adult life. You know what else rarely pays off as an adult? Spelling bee skills.

Today, I got to prove that I could spell "Massachusetts" without cheating. (Contrary to popular belief, that has nothing to do with the fact that my boyfriend just graduated from a college near Boston). Of course, I think I would shoot myself if I couldn't properly name and spell all fifty states.

The real fun will come when someone asks me to spell "onomatopoeia" without cheating. THEN MY LIFE WILL HAVE MEANING.

So yeah. Get on that, adult world.