Monday, August 4, 2008

Something To Be Proud Of

I love Jeopardy, and I have since I was a little child. Partly because I have some weird, disturbing crush on Alex Tribec. But honestly I have the same type of crush on Bob Barker. The way he said, "Please Spray and Neuter Your Pets," was just dreamy.

As a child my father rattled off answers to Jeopardy like no one's business, and I believed he was the smartest man in the universe. As little girls are ought to believe about their daddies. But as I got older I realized although my father is a very smart man, I got some smarts too.

Since last summer, Adam and I have turned every episode of Jeopardy into a mini-competition. Mentally tallying who is ahead with every question, the winner getting to be completely smug and a pain in the ass for the rest of the day. Since everyone knows the key to a healthy relationship is making sure you know exactly who is better at everything at any given time.

As a rule, I have to be able to read the question to answer it correctly, and I never even bother trying to put it into question form. That is way too much work. Adam is always telling me that because I don't word my answer in question form that it doesn’t count. So I just turn to him and tell him to, "Suck It!"

The other day I was noticeably lagging behind. None of the categories were geared towards me. And I knew Adam had won this one, until one of the last questions, "A popular type of donut that is filled with cream.” "An Éclair," I screamed. And I was correct. Adam looked at me and said, "Good Job Honey." And I replied, "I may not know my French politics, I may not know Economics, but I know my donuts." And that is something to be proud of.


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  2. So, I thought I was the only one with a disturbing crush on Alex Trebek, lol! My husband and I LOVE the show and still have regular PS2 Jeopardy tournaments just like we did in college. Love your blog!


  3. The article was just fun and healthy and i do hope i know adam... who is he? Today is my sirst time to visit your blog.

  4. So who won the day's competition? Sometimes the hardest question are the most common ones.. God job!h

  5. Loved this post, so funny! I am terrible at Jeopardy but my mom was very good at it. I guess it's hard for me because I'm only strong in a very few categories, not very well-rounded.

    I would agree with you though, while playing at home, your answer does not have to be in question form because you don't have that much time before the contestant answers. I, being an impartial referee here, rule that whoever calls out the correct answer first wins.

    By the way, I read "Salem Falls" by Jodi Picoult and the main character in the book was Jeopardy fan who was phenominal and could answer practically every question correctly. You would probably enjoy this book like I did--it's about the Jeopardy guy who is a coach being set up by a student as a rapist. It's a very good book!

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