Hello Studs and Studettes, it is trivia time! Ben is busy writing up the wrap-up
letter from last year, so I volunteered to write my first trivia newsletter since
1998, when Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood were in “The Ice Storm”. While it has
been a while, hopefully my previous newsletter experience will help me succeed in
telling you all about this year’s trivia party!
It has become somewhat of a tradition to ramble on for several paragraphs about
how we were reminded trivia is around the corner. Paying homage to Ben, my first
inkling that trivia was once again approaching occurred just after Valentines Day
when I received a note about advertising our team with a page in the Trivia
Times! While a full page add proclaiming the studlyness of our team is very
tempting, two hundred dollars would also buy a few drinks for girls at the pub.
It may buy even more drinks if it was during happy hour. Steve and I were at
Keegans on Monday for their happy hour, with Summit pints a dollar off. Those
two hundred dollars would introduce us to quite a few girls at those prices.
Keegans is an Irish pub, and really reflects that late 19th century Edwardian
style at the end of the Victorian Era in Ireland. The girls on Monday paid
little heed to this interior and more heavily focused on their drinking, and on
the two studly guys admiring the woodwork. While this has little to do with
trivia, as I previously stated the first paragraphs of the newsletter don’t
really matter. The meat comes later.
I was talking to Jeremy about how much the trivia newsletter has changed over the
years from the first one I wrote those many years ago. The newsletter use to fit
on a single sheet of paper, and was handed out to all the players. Nowadays the
letter is posted online, and it would be lucky for the first rambling paragraphs
to fit on a single printed sheet. I will not draw any conclusion from these
facts, and leave the more truth-seeking questions to our philosophy major Mr.
“Bones” Raygor to expound on in April. Hopefully he will also address the rhythm
and feeling found in big band music, his task area for this years contest.
Now that the traditional rambling has been completed, lets talk about this years
trivia party, where we will be answering a bunch of pointless questions to score.
Firstly, we must construct this year’s trivia float. Let me quote Ben from last
year’s newsletter. “hopefully I can think up something better than a Viking ship
by this weekend.” While I felt hurt that no one liked my idea for a Viking Ship,
I think it came out splendidly and may have been our BFE (Best Float EVer), even
if we did not complete the parade to be considered for the prize. At least our
float was heavily videotaped for the Trivia movie! This year we have several
ideas already, but if you have any please call me and tell me about them. We are
going to try something new this year, if your float idea is chosen for the float,
you get prize! I promise not to ridicule your idea like past trivia newsletter
Secondly, Alec and I have been making trivia shirts for the past several years.
If you would like a Tshirt this year, please tell me and if there is enough
interest I will try to continue the tradition. This team is all about tradition
Third, there are several things you need to bring to trivia. You should bring
your laptops for searching, changes of clothes, deodorant please, and sleeping
bags. If the girls forget the sleeping bags, I’ve been known to share mine with
both blondes and brunettes at past trivias, I don’t discriminate. If you are
feeling historic, you can bring some interesting reference and trivia books that
we can stack in the corner and not use.
Fourth you should bring several dollars to pay for the provided meals. You will
be fed three dinners, two breakfasts, two lunches, and two three am brat
sessions. It usually turns out that twenty dollars is appreciated by Benny for
his troubles. But considering we all can’t look this good for free, a few dollars
more is always appreciated.
Fourth action item, we need to think of a team name. We have a list of possible
names from previous years…
TRIVIA UPDATE! (4/8/05)
Yes, just like on Unsolved Mysteries. I’ll wrap this guy up for Dan. To finish
off the previous topic, we already have a name. But a couple of newly arrived
ideas for next years name are:
Norwigan Studs: Go Deep
Norwigan Studs: AWOL with da Sawzall
They both are excellent choices in my opinion.
Tomorrow we are going to finish up the float in time for the parade. I’m going
to list what I am considering just so I can laugh at it after the fact. I’ll run
to Menards to pick up the lumber and supplies we still require. Then we’ll be
able to fix the front end and raise it to its proper level. We’ll slap on the
side paneling, replace the broken pieces, staple the tarps into place over the
voids between the car and float, and then start painting. Meanwhile the mast
will be painted and ready to install and the funny front curly things will be
done and ready to install. The boys will have the stereo ready to go, and I
might even throw in an airhorn if time permits. The girls will arrive in
costume, and perhaps there will be some uniform for everyone else to wear.
Raygor and Wayne will show up, toting boxes of fortune cookies. Ahhh.
If you need to know how to get to my house, um look at the map.
If you eat or drink, please pay. Concerns? Email Eatme@dragonmount.net
Tyler has already vowed to be the trivia stone master, so its good to know those
will be covered. Other things to think about: Having people staffing computers
all 54 hours. My recollection seems to be there are lulls in people morning and
mid day Saturday and Sunday. We seem to do a pretty good job of caffeinating it
up during the dark hours. No, that isn’t Raygor time. What can brown do for
Rock and Roll, Bang me, Sweet!
Ben & Dan