Friday, September 30, 2016
Today I am grateful for Trivia Night. The Indian Valley YMCA is run by some amazing people. At the top of the list is Alicia Fergus who runs the Senior Active Adult program and probably more, but I don’t remember what they are called.
Alicia coordinates and facilitates exercise programs, social gatherings, special programs and events like the Trivia Night we just got home from. You pay a few bucks for a light dinner if you want and some more for the Trivia. We go in with our team of four already set up, so that’s fun. I figure between us we make a whole brain. Sometimes. Almost.
It’s sort of funny, because even if we’d think we didn’t have the answer, one of us would make a comment and it would trigger a thought in someone and before you knew it we had an answer. This, of course, is all done on paper, because you can’t risk another team hearing an answer. We are like mimes with pencils, except you don’t have to get out of that stupid invisible box or remove the greasepaint when it’s over.
The consensus at our table is that we would crash and burn like a fire cracker in a Hot Wheels car if it wasn’t for Himself. That is not to say that each of us didn’t have a brilliant answer or two, but not always with much conviction. But Himself? Come on. . .when he knows it. . .he KNOWS it! No doubt whatsoever.
Like which were the original six National Hockey League Teams? Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks. Really? He wrote them down in a second. And if you think I remembered them when I was typing, you don’t know me. I had to call him in here. And we just got home and I just heard them and saw them written. My brain is like a sieve on stuff I don’t give two hoots about. Hockey is one.
The question that really floored me was. . . What is the largest rodent in the world? “Capybara,” he says, without missing a beat. Are you kidding me? What in the Hell is that? He says it lives in South America, but you couldn’t prove it by me. I guess all those Animal Planet shows, where the food chain is short lived, are paying off. I would have said Mickey Mouse. Damned rodents.
I had a moment of brilliance with one question. What did they use for blood in the movie, “Psycho”? “Chocolate sauce, Alex. Final answer!” And one of our partners came through at the end with the all-time winning question, after three tie breakers for second place. Who owns the YMCA? Bam! She nailed it. I’m not telling cuz it will probably be asked next year and you might show up.
Had a hotdog. Had a mini cupcake. Had a bag of something that wanted to be kettle corn but didn’t make the cut. Had two pieces of candy. Had a blast. Won second place. But without Himself we wouldn’t have stood a chance! Capybara? Really? Where’s a Barney Rubble question when you need one?