Over the 5 1/2 years and 625 posts of this blog, the pub quiz at "my" Irish Pub has been mentioned a few times; for instance, here, here and here.
The week before last, I had actually managed to get four of our team together for the quiz, but when I arrived at the pub that Tuesday night, only Martin was there - and that was how we took the quiz, just the two of us. The other two who were supposed to come never made it; of course, both apologized, and Martin and I still had fun with the questions and answers, but it's just not the same when you know from the start that your team is simply too small to have a realistic chance at ending up among the first three. Still, considering the circumstances, we were doing well, and saw it as a warm-up for the following week.
And on that Tuesday (last Tuesday, September 30), WE WON!!!
All of this year, we've not had much occasion to go to the quiz; I think we went only once or twice during the spring, what with me being away so much for my course, and everyone else being busy as well.
But now The Corner Shop is back - and we beat our "eternal rival", Lone Star*, with a tie question in the end:
What percentage of over-18s in the US are currently smokers?
Would you have known the answer?
There were some super-easy questions, which induced me to shout "booooring!", such as "What is the first name of Barack Obama's wife", or "In what country is the city of Recife". Others were harder, for instance "In which year did the sales of colour TVs for the first time exceed the sales of black and white TVs".
The prize of a bottle of Tullamore Dew was well deserved! Although I don't drink whiskey (I am never sure whether to spell it whisky or whiskey) on its own, the others insisted that I take the bottle home with me, since I am always the one to organize us for the quiz (maybe that was their nice way of saying that I am bossy and good at pestering others until they give in!). One of my team mates - a new addition, actually, someone who knows a lot about music - got a glass of coke and gave me half of it to add to the tiny amount of whiskey in my glass (we had to open the bottle there and then to celebrate, of course), and I discovered that it is quite nice then. Real whiskey connoisseurs will probably cringe at the thought of spoiling the good stuff with coke, but I'm afraid I just can't take it on its own.
Well, that was my brief update for today - it is my first home office day in two months, and I have plenty to do, so I better get back to it.
*While Lone Star are the type of people who take the quiz REALLY seriously and get truly upset if they think the landlord has made a mistake, one of them was good-natured enough to come to our table to congratulate. We thought that was rather nice of him.