I've waited a while to tell you about trivia Tuesday night for reasons you'll soon learn. I got there and was led to a table for 8 and waited for my team to show up. And waited. I knew Tina wasn't coming because she was sick and that Paige and Carl wouldn't be there because of her knee. So I texted Hope and Sue with, "I have friends in no places. I'm by myself." Hope replied that she and her fiance were at Wal-Mart and she'd try to talk him into coming. Sue showed up right after I texted since she was just coming in the restaurant when she got my text.
I guilted Hope into coming. Her fiance was an unwilling participant but came through with many answers because he knows geeky stuff and is young. Since we had four of our team the Smart Aces there, we called ourselves the Half Aces and were doing well. We each knew answers and all knew some of the same ones. A few not so much.
At the end we had 66 points and so did the Kernels, a team of teachers we know and are competitive with, and Nobody Likes A Smart Ace, our friendly competition team we trash talk with and always beat, had 79. When we win, they are usually in second place. We knew they had it and that we had to bid 20 points no matter what on that last question. We had nothing to lose since we were already behind. Tension mounts!
Last question: In which city are the Frick, 2nd St. So, and Whitney Museums located? I knew it! NYC!! Yes! Hope and Nathan had no idea. Sue was sure it was Boston and justified her answer. I told her I was pretty sure it was NYC. Had I thought to tell her the Frick Building is in NYC, it would have helped. Had I mentioned that the Sex and the City women mentioned going to an opening at the Whitney, that might have been convincing. But had I mentioned that I used to teach art history and recall that many paintings in my art history book were in the Whitney (not to mention the obvious - David's and Maddie's blogs), she would have believed me. I gave in. I don't know why. I was too polite. No more nice guy. I should have been more insistent and should have stood up for myself. But no. My first thought was that David would be so disappointed in me. Then I thought about Maddie. Sorry so sorry!
The Kernels won with 86 points. We would have tied them and had a tie-breaker question and could have won. Tug said we are the most self-destructive team! True! Nobody Likes A Smart Ace lost because they put the wrong answer. Now you know. :-(
Can you smell the desperation?
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