Well, that was interesting. I certainly don’t remember answering that many questions correctly, which is odd. I was wondering how I managed to get the $6000 I wagered in Final Jeopardy (only to find I wagered $6300). I remembered the Bush question, and blind carbon copy, but other than that, I was convinced I was standing there like an idiot. No recollection of answering opium, Thomas Jefferson, K, etc. Weird.
I look totally strange during the introductions. The music started and all of the sudden, being on Jeopardy became real, and I realized I couldn’t feel my face - or rather, I could feel it quivering, distantly - and I could not recall how to smile. Luckily things picked up a bit after a horrible start.
If I’d been asked which presidential daughter was a mystery writer, then I would have come up with Margaret Truman. Work a battleship into the answer, not so much.
When the Sopranos was on, I was spending half my time in London and half in Tulsa so I never watched it much as I had no continuity.
No excuse on not getting Lewis Carroll, I blanked completely (it’s that damned Jeopardy music). At least I came up with an author of the right period. I definitely would have gotten it had I been sitting on the sofa at home.
I had a hard time buzzing in. We all got the chance to practice before the taping, and truly, I was held back for remedial buzzing. That was embarrassing and confidence draining! I’m sorely lacking when it comes to hand-eye coordination and I think that was an issue. I’d see the lights come on telling me it was time to start bashing the buzzer, but there was a brain delay. Didn’t help that Fred was not only very bright but also super fast on the buzzer.
I could be wrong, but I think that Fred was the only one of my group of 12 or so who didn’t get on the show via the online test. He went to one of the Brain Bus events and got on that way. I think. Don’t quote me … heck, I can hardly remember being there.
All in all, an extremely surreal experience which I wouldn’t trade for the world. It would have been nice to have won, but it is a cool club to be a member of, and most surprisingly to me, shy as I am, I went on tv instead of locking myself in the bathroom!