I have very little trivia knowledge.
I'm awful at telling you who sang the top song of 1998, what a group of frogs is called, anything having to do with sports that are not American football, or the name of the plastic covering at the end of a shoelace.
But I love going to pub quiz.
Every once in awhile I get to freak out because I know an answer (usually something to do with Harry Potter, the periodic table of elements, Greek mythology, math, or food, although once I did get the capital city of Uganda (thanks Val) and which country is home to the Kikuyu (thanks Muigai) and of course (most of) the American football questions).
It's really fun watching people when they know an answer. If you're me, your eyes get all big and you start saying
"oo oo oo I actually know that!" and grabbing for the pen before anyone else can so that you can say that you got an answer, even if someone else knew it too. If you're Liz's mom (or Jonathan until we yelled at him enough and he learned), you shout the answer loud enough for the people at the next table to hear you, who politely thank you for helping them out. If you're Janelle, you start bouncing in your seat excitedly, trying not to yell "Justin Timberlake" too loudly. And if you're Anna, you probably have the paper and pen in your hand because you somehow seem to know all of the answers. Must be a British thing.
Everyone takes it very seriously and I love that.
Sometimes we do come in last place (there should be some kind of consolation prize for that). One memorable time my team won (although I'm pretty sure I didn't actually contribute any of those answers). And a few weeks ago it was a heartbreaking fight to the finish thanks to Eddie's ridiculous knowledge of Bond villains. But hey, second place ain't bad.
Regardless, if it is Sunday night and I am not out of town somewhere, I'm pretty sure you'll know where to find me.
Especially if it is Janelle's 30th birthday! Happy birthday!
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.