I've always considered myself a bit of a geek. Music geek, language geek, movie geek, book geek...the list goes on and on. But on Wednesday night (at The Catamount
) at Geeks Who Drink
, I got schooled. Seriously schooled. My years of Trivial Pursuit
and graduate school
did nothing to help.
Pulled from the house by SFR editor Julia Goldberg's guest trivia-mistress spot I rolled up late (things kick off at 8:00*, I got there at 9) and found myself in the midst of a political trivia session. Actually, I did pretty well with Goldberg's questions, but I think working at the paper for five years was a bit of a help, sneaking an answer to D-Listed even though I wasn't "officially" on the team.
The next two rounds however, no dice. Round 6, Random Science Knowledge--which Geeks Who Drinks host Alex DeVore describes quite nicely on his Geeks Who Drinks blog
(about halfway down the page, under the picture of the guy in the Carnegie Mellon hoodie)--was damn near impossible. These weren't the kind of questions that I thought, "If only I'd paid more attention in eighth grade science class..." these guys stumped the Chemistry PhD who sat next to me.
"OK," I thought, "science isn't for me." But Round 7 was no better. DeVore played movie clip sound files from his computer and I got exactly one right off the bat, Doubt
(great flick by the way, check it out). Even the "easy" ones (Dark Knight Returns
), movies I've seen, I couldn't place.
Admittedly, this little blow to the ego was too much, and I split for the punk rock tunes of DJ Hardcorn (who rocked a sweet Minor Threat
shirt by the way) at The Madator.
Will I geek out again? Probably, but first I've got some studying to do!
*Update: I originally said things kick off at 8:30 and now find out it starts at 8:00. No wonder I felt like I was walked into something that was already in full swing. (Also, totally stole Slate's design for fixing errors. Nice.)