Have you recently won a competition? As a teenager I was proud to earn an 800 on my Math SAT, and second place in mathematics in the Arlington county science fair. Nowadays (age 47) I tend toward word games. Five years ago I won the Washington Post "Neologism" (word-coining) championship on a whimsical second try, and Parade magazine's "Ask Marilyn" phrase contests three times in the past 1 and 1/2 years. Toot your horn here (especially if you can play like Wynton Marsalis).