Did trivia tonight. The wife and I were invited to join a trivia team at the Knights of Columbus hall for the annual fundraiser for the St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Springfield. We did it last year too and had a great time each night. I tell you, I would do this every weekend if I could.
WMAY’s Pamela Furr was the question reader at tonight’s event, filling in for Ch. 20’s Kevilee Douglas who is apparently too pregnant to do trivia. I stopped to talk briefly with Pam and thank her for filling in. I know I’m not always nice to her here (which she reminded me of) but we had a pleasant conversation and it was good to finally meet her. Even if she is wrong 67.8 percent of the time on her show, she still has a lot of guts and I appreciate the fact that she participates in the community.
Our team got only a score of 88 out of 100 and that included using a number of paid-for “Mulligans”. They allowed us to buy up to 10 free answers (Milligans) and we used seven of them. So our score was really 81. I’m not sure I like the Mulligan thing in trivia contests. It seems like cheating much as it is in golf. But since they were available and others were going to use them, so did we.
Actually, our score might have been even lower had it not been for the unintentional giving away of answers. You see, they projected the questions onto a screen from a laptop. In between rounds the laptop projected a Windows folder containing not only the PowerPoint questions, but also some of the graphics used in displaying the answers. A number of the .jpg files were named in such a way that it was obvious to some of us geeks that they were answers to upcoming questions. I think we only picked up one or two answers this way. Still, word to trivia presenters: never underestimate your audience.
Anyway, it was a good time full of friends, food and beer and I hope we're out doing it again soon.