Nobody’s wasting away in Margaritaville over here. Who knew that a pirate’s little ditty could be the (sound)track to a Jeopardy! championship?
(The first rule of blogging may be “keep it short and sweet” but for the next couple of days I feel like breaking that particular rule. Consider yourself warned <G>.)
First thing on the agenda: Sending out a giant thank-you to everyone who came to the parties! Watching the show with all 140 of you was an experience of a lifetime. I’m going to put up some pics and a video or two as soon as I figure out how.
The afternoon party was a chance to watch the show, as it aired, with my family, students, their moms and siblings, and assorted friends. Since this was the “kid party”, it was juice boxes and cookies all around. My youngest created a Jeopardy! board out of rice krispy treats. The candy bowl featured, what else?, Smarties and Nerds! Plenty of blue and yellow balloons along with some J! style trivia (I put that desk calendar to good use) added to the decor. Later that evening we welcomed 68 more friends for the nighttime party. Yesterday we kept things to a smaller scale and just had 16 in attendance for the family crawfish boil.
Gold Stars to: Beth, the winner of the Texas Jeopardy! game, Jordan D. who attended all 3 parties, Barbara B. for the most requested recipe of the evening (will be posted here shortly); Diane who photographs all the important events in our family, and of course my family who pulled together to help pull these celebrations together.
A little post-game analysis: Jason and Grant were both tough competitors. I had to listen to Grant get a lot of questions right as we watched from the audience. And then to see Jason win 3 games in a row! When he got that first category, The Solar System, and proceeded to fire off those responses, I was worried it was all over. How did I manage that $1000 question? I figured I could count my planets before the time ran out. “My Very Elegant Mother Just Served …” UranusNeptunePluto….Got it!
Yes, I’m naturally a smiley person. My daughter just told me, “Mom, you look the same way when you play Cranium.” Yep. I love to play! It was so exhilarating to be there on that set, in person, playing my favorite game. Once the cameras were rolling I just settled in to do what I came there to do. (Kind of like getting to the hospital to have a baby. Only a lot less painful. And without cameras.)
Sixties Sports Legends and John Locke didn’t look too friendly at first, but like most Jeopardy! categories, you never know what will turn up. I managed to pull out a few responses. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits was a regular name (along with Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney) when I was growing up watching TV commercials for the drag races in Tucson, AZ.
That final category? One thing I’ve learned is that you never bet based on your comfort with the category. Even the scariest looking ones might have enough information to tease out the answer. Best to bet strategically, so I wagered enough to beat Jason by $1 in case he doubled his score. He in turn bet enough to beat me by $1 in case I missed. Was that the easiest question ever? At that point I honestly didn’t care. If the writers wanted to throw us a softball, my mitt was ready and waiting. To put it another way, bring on the shaker and salt!