A Trivial Story: Game Shows and Landscapes

By my estimation, I’m now approximately eleven billion dollars into my Armchair Game Show championships. This is, of course, an estimate based on years and years of at-home playing (and experiments with the decimal point).

I'm brilliant. The sticker on my forehead should have told you.
I’m brilliant. The sticker on my forehead should have told you.

When I was in college, I was called to go to an in-person audition in St. Louis for a popular trivia game show. Being the armchair genius that I thought I was, I envisioned a forthcoming glamorous trip to California and rubbing elbows with game show hosts as I watched my opponents go home with the dreaded “parting gifts.”

Instead, I felt like I was hit by the “IT-LOOKS-SO-MUCH-EASIER-ON-TV” train. Oh, and they gave me a free ink pen in exchange for my crippling dose of reality check.

It hasn’t stopped me, though. I’ve probably taken dozens of audition tests over the years for different trivia shows here and there. And I’m absolutely positive that some of you are thinking, “When is she gonna get it? If it hasn’t happened by now, why bother?”

Well, there are a few ways to explain that one:

  1. I’m stubborn.
  2. I’m stubborn.
  3. I know a lot of useless facts I’d like to put to actual use.
  4. I’m stubborn.

Speaking of Nos. 1, 2, and 4…I’m always trying to find some interesting photography subjects. (Nice segue, right? I thought so. I wouldn’t have written it otherwise. Besides, I’m stubborn–see Nos. 1, 2, and 4–and I had to figure out a way to work photography into my little story here. I figured some of you would be expecting pretty pictures.) Quite often, as I have written about in the past, I need look no further than my own backyard. Here’s another one from my series of “fence posts.”

A summer sunset from Ye Olde Backyard.
A summer sunset from Ye Olde Backyard.

Honestly, I was too stubborn that day to go beyond the backyard, but nature helped me out a bit with this one.

After all, I needed to be close enough to the television to continue my mythical game show winning streak.