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Rest in Peace, Glynn

I received very sad news this morning: Glynn Ayers, the guy who set the quiz I’ve been going to for some time now, passed away of a heart attack yesterday. His quiz brought me great entertainment every week for more than a year, and he will be sorely missed.

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The sweet taste of victory

It’s been a while since we won the quiz (and since I’ve written about it) so it was very pleasing to win it last night. We won by 4 points, and also against the biggest field we’ve yet won against – 11 teams took part (including voyager42‘s team, which did incredibly well for a 3 person team). We ended up with R105 each for our efforts – not bad for a night’s work 🙂

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subtract one waitress

Last night at the quiz, I think I managed (inadvertently) to get a waitress fired. We’d never had or seen her before, so I gather she was quite new.

She started out pleasant enough – we ordered a round of drinks and I ordered lamb stew. When she came back after 30 minutes or so she took a friend’s glass which still had a mouthful of coke in it, so my friend reached up and took it back to stop her walking off. The waitress said, really snippilly: “You didn’t have to snatch it out of my hand”.

My friend didn’t hear that, but another friend told her, and when the waitress next returned my friend actually apologised, being a very generous person. The waitress then said something like “fine, but you could have just asked me to leave it. You didn’t have to treat me like that” in a voice that dripped with slap-me attitude. She also got another friend’s initial order wrong, and my mother’s. The quiz setter also mentioned that she got everything wrong, on the few occasions she bothered to serve him.

We saw her once more, and then for the last two hours she didn’t pitch at all. She walked past us to the other table several times, but never stopped to ask if we wanted anything, and in fact we couldn’t even get her attention to flag her down. Eventually towards the end of the night I wantedneeded water, so I went to the bar to get some (since she was not around) and there she was – kissing and talking to her boyfriend at the bar instead. So I told she was the worst waitress we’d ever had, and that she’d ignored us all night – she denied saying anything to my friend (mass hallucination on our part, I guess). She also claimed to be walking up and down all night – it’s a funny walking that has you sitting at the bar. She also spent a lot of the earlier evening sitting at a different table talking to the people there. When I mentioned she wasn’t very good (to point out that she has unhappy customers and it’s hardly the way to go about getting big tips) she told me “Good, thank you” in a voice that had a whole heap of attitude with an edge of f**k you.

I told the manager specifically about the f**k you speech, because that was uncalled for, and how she basically ignored us all night. He inferred that that was it for her, and I got the distinct impression it was a last straw kind of thing. At the end of the night I called her when she was at the table next door to ask for the bill: she looked at me, and turned away and stalked off – didn’t even ask me what I wanted.

Needless to say we left a giant R0 tip when we finally got the bill from the manager instead.

Often our waitrons aren’t very good, but they always at least try with a smile, which is all you ask. She had the attitude of a spoiled rich kid who didn’t really need the job (however the manager assures me she did – I have no idea how he would know). Not conducive to a successful waitressing career…

To make it especially annoying, she lost us 2nd place! We were tied for 2nd, which then comes down to the number of people on the team. We each had 6. So it becomes a matter of the size of the bar tab. Ours was R16 less – had we seen her for the last two hours we would certainly have ordered more drinks, and 6 of us would easily make up R16. Grrr…

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I love winning…

Specially for Colin, here’s a quickie to say that we won the quiz last night, against all expectations. There’s a pattern that’s clear here – I haven’t been there in two weeks – we didn’t win. I go back last night – we win. Seems pretty conclusive to me:

The bribe only works when I give it to the quizmaster 🙂

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Damn! We’re getting good at this…

We won the quiz again last night, which surprised us greatly, because we figured we really tanked on the general knowledge stuff. For a change, there were 10 teams when we won too, so it was a big prize – R490 to be exact. There were 6 of us, so it split nicely into R80 each, and R10 for the waitress (on top of the tip, so she did well last night).

We do seem to be getting better and better at this thing – comes with practice I guess 🙂

I will also write sometime soon about the great weekend I had with down in Cape Town a few weekends ago, but that’s a job for a little later…

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I hear the faint strains of a Queen song…

We outdid ourselves last night at the quiz, cracking 100 for the first time. We hauled in a massive 102 (out of 125), missing just 7 general knowledge questions (out of 40), 6 pictures (of people, out of 25) and 1 song, plus the artist for another. The best of the pathetic weaklings we crushed mercilessly could only manage 91.

Of course, we always win when the pot is small. There were only 7 teams, so we split R340 instead of the R500+ we would have had if more teams had pitched. On the other hand, it’s better than simply splitting the bill…

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We win again*!

*if you consider the prize to be the 6th place slot.

We decided to let the other teams feel a little better about themselves by coming much lower down than usual 🙂

Technically we came 7th out of 9 with 72 points, but that’s because the team who came 4th had 81, but had 5 extra players. They should have been marked down by 15 points, and hit 66, but they had a lot of cute girls on the team and the quizmaster was feeling frisky, so he didn’t mark them down. I’m going to proceed as if they had been though, since they should have been. That would put us in 6th.

We also had a 7 point handicap, which would have left us in 4th had we not had it deducted. 4th is a lot more respectable than 6th, so that’s what I’m going to spend the next few weeks convincing myself that we scored…

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The Inexorable March of Victory

I’ve just returned from another victorious quiz night where we have pulled off a crushing victory (in the sense that we’ll be crushed by the 7 point winners handicap next week). In all it was a good one – I always enjoy winning, and we seem to be getting better at it, or we’re at least having a good run.

Three questions stood out which we struggled at:
1) What does a cruciverbalist do?
2) Which sport do you wear a Keikogi in?
3) Which US State is the only one which you can spell without any of the letters in George W. Bush?

Answers back here

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So much for two in a row

The giant 8 point handicap I mentioned earlier prevented us from winning the quiz for a second week in a row last night, which is a pity – we only managed 3rd.

Of course, we got 89 points before the 8 point reduction, the guys who came 2nd got 91 and the winners got 97, but these are minor and distinctly unimportant details…

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A night of winners

On Tuesday night, my team won the weekly pub quiz we’ve been going to for some time. This is not our first victory (although, to be honest, there haven’t been many. We specialise in coming second week after week), but it was our most comprehensive. The best of the pathetic wimps we were surrounded by (i.e. 2nd) managed 81 points. (I can talk big since I’m pretty damned sure no one from the other teams will ever read this 🙂 ). We got 89. We actually reckoned we got 92, but we shut up about it, since the consequence of winning is that you get your winning margin subtracted as a handicap the following week. 8 is much more pleasant than 11, although it’ll still be a huge hurdle.

The event of more significance on the night however was that my aunt won the snowball. The snowball is a competition whereby you purchase x number of R2 tickets, and if your number is drawn you choose from 1 of 3 categories. Having chosen, you get asked the question from that category. Get it right, and you win the cumulative pot that built up since the last time it was won. The snowball had got so big (since the questions were so damned hard) that it stood at R5000 (it was actually capped there, and the rest (R1800) used to seed the next snowball). My aunt had the right ticket, and her category choices were Current News, Medicine or Pot Luck. She picked Medicine, and was asked:

“What was Denise Dorvall’s contribution to medical history?”

Answer in here, so as not to spoil it

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