Saturday night was trivia night. Trivia nights are a big deal here in Saint Louis. They are always done for charity. There is some gambling involved, but primarily they are tests of skill, much like the board game, Trivial Pursuit was, except that you can’t try to memorize the card’s answers. The charity was Saint James the Greater, a Catholic church in Dogtown. This Saint James was one of the original twelve apostles and his name makes me wonder was whether there was also a Saint James the Lesser? Bill & Mary generously treated us for the table. There is always a seat charge in these event. Also, at our table were Don & DJ and Chris & Sandi. These tables were smaller than they usually are at trivia events. We all brought snacks and wine to share.
It would be hard to exceed our performance at the last trivia night that we participated in, which was earlier this year. In that event, we were the winning table, plus Anne and I won five of the raffle baskets. It was downright embarrassing. Needless to say we didn’t come close to repeating that success. Although we did win one raffle basket, which was just right. Anne and I both lost our dollars at heads or tails and dead or alive. In heads and tails, you predict the coin toss by either putting your hands on your head or on your butt. In dead or alive they call out celebrity’s names and you have to predict their mortality.
We weren’t even close to winning that night. We were well down in the pack and still failing, when I gave up checking our score. The master of ceremonies had a rather musical bent, which did not play well to my skill set. One round involved listening to and then naming Michael Jackson songs. Sandi was the go to girl for this round. Another round involved naming bands given the reason for their names as clues. For example, what band was named after a 1915 truck? The answer was, REO Speedwagon. Sandi and Anne were the heavy lifters at our table, but by luck, I had one round to shine. The category for that round was the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun”. I was nine for ten in that round. The one question that I didn’t even have a clue about was another music question, what band played the song, “Take My Breath Away”? The answer was Berlin.
Captain Renault: Is everything ready?
Rick: I have the letters right here.
Renault: Tell me, when we searched the place, where were they?
Rick: Sam’s piano.
Renault: Serves me right for not being musical.
Use of smart phones or hand brains as they are sometimes called is strictly prohibited at these events. So, you are forced to rely upon your old and fading analog brain, which can be at sometimes quite frustrating. The best teams seem to feature a wide age spread and interests. It was just not our night.