Definitely a surreal moment.
I’m at Trivia Bowl XV … and I’m not playing the game.
And I’m okay with this.
See, because of scheduling conflicts – I had a 5pm start for the Albany Patroons game Saturday evening – there was absolutely no way I could stay for the trivia tournament and get to the Armory on time.
So I offered my services as a slip runner and a proctor that afternoon, and I would stay for as long as I possibly could to help the trivia company out.
And I’m glad I did.
Let me explain.
Competitive team trivia has been part of my life for nearly 14 years. I’ve made many friends in that field, both in the Capital District and in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere. I’ve experienced great highs and brain-crushing lows. But it’s a part of me. I get it.
And in a world of Des O’Connors, it’s okay to be a Carol Vorderman.
The Trivia Bowl started off strong, with some questions about who was President at the start of the 1950’s (Harry Truman) and which “Sex and the City” cast member also appeared in the 1980 coming-of-age film “LIttle Darlings” (failed Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon).
Then came a “Where was he born” question and it screwed everybody up.
In what country was “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek born?
As a Mr. Robot fan, I knew cold that Rami Malek was of Egyptian descent – but he was born in California.
Almost everybody wrote down Egypt as an answer. Oops.
Man, I wish I had played. But I’m good where I am.
A couple of teams asked me why I wasn’t playing, and I explained why.
“Couldn’t you get the Patroons to reschedule their game?” one team asked.
“No,” I replied, “And I couldn’t get Trivia Bowl XV to start at noon, so sometimes you just have to work with that.”
Another team asked if I could give them some answers to some of the questions.
I thought about it for a second.
Nah. It just doesn’t work that way.
“We’ll give you some of our beer,” one of the teammates said, pulling a cold Miller Lite out of a small ice bucket.
You really don’t know me very well, do you?
I stayed until the end of the third round, then I had to leave.
Later on, I found out that a team called “We’re Gonna Win” did indeed win, with a correct answer to this final question –
“When the New York State Thruway was first built, it connected the town of Utica to what major city in New York?”
Now I would have said Syracuse … and I would have been partially right …
But the terminus of the Thruway at that time was from Utica to Rochester.
I understand that, heck people want to get out of Utica as fast as possible… I mean, it is Utica…
So definite congratulations are in order for “We’re Gonna Win,” all the best and lots of success. And take care of that trophy.
Because Trivia Bowl XVI is coming up very shortly. Right around this time in 2020.
And I will make sure that the Patroons are on the road that day.
Just sayin’ is all…