I want to be right all the time. It’s a well-known, well-documented symptom of my disease, closely related to trying to control.
I know this about myself. I accept it. Most of the time, I can see what I’m doing and let it go.
But not yesterday.
Some time ago, I mentioned to my husband that I heard a reference to the movie Hoosiers as it related to Butler University. My husband thought it was odd, because Hoosiers was about a high school basketball team.
“Are you sure?” I asked. “There’s more than one classic basketball movie, I said. Maybe you’re confusing them.”
“No,” he said. He was adamant. I thought he must be wrong, but I let it go.
Then yesterday morning, I heard another reference on NPR. I knew I was on dangerous ground but I couldn’t help myself. I brought it up again.
“I know,” my husband said. “I read something similar in the paper yesterday. I can’t believe how all these news organizations keep getting it wrong.”
I bit my tongue. For a moment. I couldn’t seem to help myself.
“Are you sure?” I asked.
“Yes,” he answered adamantly. By now I was sure he was wrong. All those journalists couldn’t keep misstating such a basic fact. I’m a journalist. I know how it works. Not that I think we never make mistakes. We do. But there are always legions of people to point that out. Corrections are run. The record is set straight. Mistakes in a high-profile story just don’t keep getting reprinted.
“Let’s check it out,” I said.
This is meant to sound something like scientific inquiry. But really it’s a cover line for me saying: “Let me show you how wrong you are.” It fools no one. Not even me. Certainly not my husband.
So I Googled Hoosiers. Those of you who already know the answer to this question are undoubtedly laughing your butts off right now.
I was.... Wwwwrrrrong.
There. I got it out. I was wrong. Phew.
That’s right. Hoosiers is about a high school basketball team. The connection is they won their state championship at the gym where Butler plays and the movie recreation was filmed there.
So there you have it. My demons are still with me. Only today I can laugh about it.