‘How do you know that?”
“I don’t know, I just do.”
That could be a typical conversation between Husband Joe and me while watching one of my favorite TV shows, “Jeopardy.”
I often don’t know why I know the answer, but I do. I figure that somewhere along the line, I stored it in my memory bank for later use. I like to say I am a wealth of useless knowledge.
There is no reason why I know the address of Fibber McGee and Molly or what happened on DeKoven Street. And just who was Hannibal Hamlin? While none of these subjects have come up of late, it is there ready to be blurted out at the right time.
While Husband Joe thinks I should try out for the show, I think not. It’s much easier to come up with the final Jeopardy answer from the comfort of your home. And it’s easier to be wrong when there is no one around to hear it.
Trivia quizzes have always been around, but hit the spotlight with the game Trivial Pursuit. It became so popular that soon trivia came out of the family room and into venues offering prizes. Trivia nights have become fundraising events for schools and organizations – like the Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity.
The group chose a trivia night as their major fundraiser, and more than 200 people assembled at the St. Mary Parish Center to do their part for charity and test their knowledge.
Tables of eight or nine players competed in 10 games. Our table included a group of veteran players (this has nothing to do with our ages), and we felt we were, but we fell short of victory.
Instead, the team known as We’re Just Here for the Food (Patty, Sally, John, Ruth, Dick, Carol, Joe and me) did our best. We don’t know how we finished in the standings, but that is just a trivial matter. The winners – The Clapping Monkeys – won a trophy for their efforts.
We came, we ate, we played, supported a charity and dusted some of the cobwebs out of our minds. We’ll gladly take on the next round of competitors.
We don’t know how we know what we know, but we know it!