Thursday, February 2, 2023
Quizzing and Luxembourg
Lots of excitement around here today. Our landlords are coming over this evening to check out the dampness problem in our hallway and some other issues, so I need to do a quick vacuum job before I go to work this morning. We want things to look spic and span, right?
Then I'm headed back to school to participate in our annual staff/faculty/parent Quiz Night. I've done it in years past but quizzing -- like everything else -- got derailed by the pandemic, so it's been a while. Another co-worker assembled our team and I'm not even sure who I'm playing with, but hopefully we have a young person. In my experience, that's what makes or breaks a quiz team. You need someone who knows questions about Beyoncé and Taylor Swift and Cardi B., and probably other even younger performers whose names I don't even know. I certainly couldn't name any of their songs.
Quiz Night will be a nice break from TV. I've lately been watching a show called "Capitani," a police drama from Luxembourg on Netflix. I was curious about a show from such a tiny country, and indeed it has been an interesting cultural experience. For one thing, I'd forgotten Luxembourg has its own language -- and I've even been there! It sounds to my American ear like a mix of French and German dialects. It's also interesting that part of the plot is insularity and/or snobbery among people from one part of the country toward those in another -- and this is a TINY country, slightly smaller than Rhode Island. It's so funny how we humans insist on dividing ourselves into ever-more fragmented tribal units.
Anyway, it's a pretty good show. I just started the second season.
We also watched a movie called "Lou" with Allison Janney, which had lots of violence and rain and thus reminded me of "Cape Fear," and we've started Amazon's "Jack Ryan" series.
And now I'm seeing that it's going to freeze on Sunday. Time to bring the plants in again. (Sigh.)
(Photo: Feeding the birds along the Thames, on Sunday.)