Friday, February 7, 2014
Pub Quiz Champions!
Last night Dave and I went to the Porchester, one of our local pubs, for the weekly quiz night. We quizzed there once before, in November 2012, but we lost badly. Back then we had only one other team member and we were three Americans. This time, however, three friends came with us, one of whom is British -- so we had more brainpower and we were able to tackle Anglo-specific questions.
We actually won!
There were at least five other teams, so I felt pretty good about that. We won £50 off our bar and food tab, which isn't small potatoes (about $82). I was proud of myself for knowing the two brightest stars in the Gemini constellation, named for famous mythological twins (Castor and Pollux), and I almost knew the treaty that made New Zealand part of the British empire. (I said Wairea, and it's actually Waitangi -- and I've been to Waitangi, so it kind of annoys me that I missed that, but oh well.)
Our British team member came through with answers to questions about both football (soccer) and cricket, and some British pop music which would have left the rest of us high and dry. Dave knew a quote from Shakespeare (because it had been used in a "Star Trek" movie, but still, that counts). All of us, in our own way, contributed to the winning tally.
The tube strike is over today, but I think I'm going to walk to work anyway, just so I can say I walked to and fro for an entire week. Why I want to say this I'm not sure. Just an obscure personal challenge. (Plus it will mean I've saved £28 in tube fares!)
(Photo: Night in Maida Vale, on Wednesday.)