Friday, April 20, 2007

Substance P brings the PAIN

In the small world of Columbia's trivia, me and a few of my friends are known as team "Substance P" (an extremely nerdy medical term, the details of which I will not bore you, but we like it anyway). We play trivia every Tuesday night at the Flying Saucer down in the Vista. The first time we all went to trivia night we tore it up and won first place (your choice of either $50 or 3 t-shirts that say "We Kicked Your Ass at Trivia Night"). We, of course, chose the t-shirts. I'm fairly certain that that is the sucker deal. Anyways, in the next couple of weeks we did not do as well, but did end up getting second place one week which gave us two more t-shirts. There are 6 of us in the group (4 are pictured), so one person still lacked a t-shirt (shout out to Melissa!). We really want everyone in the group to have one so we can be the complete losers who show up to trivia night in all six matching t-shirts. I'm sure that will make us some friends. In the next few weeks, we really sucked it up big time and did not even come close to placing. So, we made the decision to try our luck at a different trivia night. We decided on Wednesday night at Jillian's because the pot is much bigger ($100) and I feel certain there are way more stoopies at Jillian's than Flying Saucer based on my few times going there.

Well, I was right about there being way more stoopies there (our waitress was a prime example, I can't believe she can even remember to breathe) but there was another interesting group there. I failed to mention above that at the Flying Saucer we have a slight rivalry with the team "Swallow, or it's in your eyes." We have never seen them before because they are a real quiet, mysterious team but we had been losing in the previous weeks to them frequently. Let me mention here that Substance P is not a quiet, mysterious team as I act obnoxiously when we do well and make sure everyone else knows it. Last night, we were on fire. They announce who is in the lead after each round and we were always in first place. We went into the final round (think final round of Jeopardy) in first place with 68 points. The next closest team (whose name I can't remember) was right behind us at 67. Well, you can wager up to 15 points and you have to wager at least one point. For the final question you had to put a list of five 80s movies in order according to how much money they grossed, and it was all or nothing. So we, of course, only wagered 1 point. I'm sure you can see where this is going. We managed to guess the answers correctly and were immediately pissed we only wagered one point but waited anxiously to hear where we placed. We ended up getting second place to "Swallow, or it's in your eyes" who had come from way behind by answering the final question correctly and wagering 15 points on it. We couldn't believe it. And not only that we had lost to them, but that the whole time they were the four guys sitting at the table directly beside us that I had been gloating to all night. Oops. We tucked our tails between our legs and ran out of there leaving a grand 80 cents on $80 for our tard of a watiress. So I have decided that they must do a grand tour of all the trivia nights in Columbia. Publick House Monday, FS Tuesday, Jillian's Wednesday, Harper's Thursday. I think one week Substance P should do the tour to see if my theory is correct.

If you're interested, here is the final round question. Give me some guesses and I will post the answers later (sorry Ryan, you can't participate).

Put the following movies in descending order of how much money they grossed (no cheating):
1. Batman
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Ghostbusters
5. ET
Ok, blog-fans...this is my last post before the big trip to Italy. We leave tomorrow and will be gone for about 12 days. I hadn't planned on blogging while I'm over there, but if I get really hard up I will check out a internet cafe and give you an update. I expect some quality comments while I am gone and you can expect one hell of a blog when I get back.



Sis & Boo Boo said...

Love the trivia blog!!! Too funny. So, what did you win for 2nd place? And, you still have to win at FS for a t-shirt for Mel, right?

Ok - so here is what Boo Boo & I think for the trivia question. And, just damn, we should be the one's to get it right since this was our generation!!!

In decending order (highest grossing 1st):
Return of the Jedi
Raiders of the Lost Ark

So there you have it. We'll be anxious to see the answer!

OK - off to get a good night's sleep before the travels begin at 1:15 pm Denevr time tomorrow. See ya in Atl! Love you!

Sis & Boo

Mel said...

Jess, Jess, Jess...we left a tip of 8 cents, not 80. And when I told Bob about it, he told me he would have refused to pay and talked to a manager - which I asked for, but no one ever got me.

I guess that means I can't guess since I was there :-)

Have a great time in Italy!

lil sis said...

For sucky second, we won a $35 gift certificate to Jillian's that you can't use until the next time you come. Not bad, but certainly not $100 cold, hard cash. And yes, we still need to win melly-moo a tee from FS.

I think I'll wait til I get some more guesses to post the answers (but since I'll see you crazy kids in a few hours you can get a sneak peek!).

Ryan said...

I act obnoxiously when we do well
I don't believe that for a second...

"Swallow, or it's in your eyes"
best. team name. ever.

Julie said...

Ya know what I was thinking about the other day when I saw some squirrels while I was walking? Remember when you and Whiteside had to do a project for some lab where you had to observe squirrels? And y'all said they sat down or something for a huge amount of time because you refused to actually spend time watching the squirrels. Then when you went to graph all the students observations, you realized that squirrels NEVER sit down so y'all totally screwed up the entire project? So great... I hope you didn't get through med school based on those principles.

The Fam said...

WOW - angry with your fans - probably not the way to go. My thought is that there might be a Dixie Chick style backlash.

Aside from that, although you've mentioned it, I must give you grief for taking time out of vacation to check your blog COMMENTS. I've known people around the world who stop what they are doing to ADD to their blog, but never anyone who simply wanted to check how others have commented.

My thought is that your blog fans are eagerly waiting to hear tales of your trip... not eagerly waiting to comment on your past exploits in various trivia bars.

So, instead of whining about the number of comments, how about giving people something to comment on? Is that too sensible or do you just wanna sit around waiting for people to comment while saying "I like Pie"? - Ya Stoopie Nutcao!!

-jessie said...

I'm baaaaaccckkkk!!! Just want to send out a quick apology to all the blog readers for my last grumpy comment. It has been deleted forever and thus erased from all memories!! Anyways, I will be blogging soon about the trip, once I get over this horrendous jet lag. Here are the answers to the previous trivia question for all you inquiring minds:
2)Return of the Jedi
4)Raiders of the Lost Ark

Jetlagged Nutcao said...

Hey there. Just looking to see if there had been any Italy updates & what you decided to include. You'll be happy to know that once Jay & I rolled out of bed this AM we headed to the store for some milk for breakfast & among other random items, we returned home with some "bananas" (that is bananas in Italian - not hot water) & Nutella! YUM!

Getting into our house at 6:00 am Italy time was rough & the flight to Denver was no picnic either. We both crashed pretty hard on the plane & luckily we had a row of 3 seats to oursleves (and yes - I had been assigned the damn middle seat yet again!).

Well, I'll be anxiously awaiting the update. Oh-We got a thank you email from Alessandro!

Love you!

kaki said...

Hey Jessie! Glad you are back! Just a little tip for Substance P- I was playing Trivial Pursuit 90's edition the other night and made a discovery as where they get their questions from. I had two of the questions from the 1 time I went to Flying Saucers! Thought you might want to know.