This week's King Trivia Recap is a bummer. In light of circumstances, I have
written two. Down below is a second, more usual, cheerful recap. Skip this one
if you don't want your mellow harshed. One of our regulars at the Lion & Crown
in Allen, known by many but only to me as Rob - the Bar Guy, passed away. That
he took his own life is the tragedy. I can only submit my own grief in terms of
how I knew him. Flashes of memory: One contentious evening, I was being harried
by some players who did not like the answer. As we argued loudly, Rob came over
and whispered in my ear that he had my back if things got froggy. On another
occasion, after the quiz had ended and we were playing darts in the game room, my
pub chums (Rob among them) and I stumbling about, Rob locked me in a bear hug and
proclaimed "I love ya, man!" As little as I knew about this man, I knew as much
as I needed to have love and respect for him. The energy was weird last night.
Running a pub quiz in a bar where half the patrons are holding an Irish wake is
strange to say the least. I split my time between being chipper ole Quiz Master
Lou on stage and crying when I wasn't. When I arrived at the L&C, the owner,
Sandra, took me aside to break the news. She said we had to do something. That's
the human condition, isn't it? All of us humans... Doing what we do in this and
all the other situations we humans get ourselves into... Thank you Derek, behind
the bar, shouting for me to mention Rob. So I did. We raised our glasses for a
toast. A gesture, but heartfelt. Suicides happen and we all acknowledge it.
When one happens close to us... Well, that's for each of us to decide.
The Lion & Crown in Watter's Creek last night was packed with patrons as we headed
into yet another King Trivia Pub Quiz! Too bad most of them were there for a
birthday bash and cleared out when the questions began. Actually, with nine
teams, we had the usual time with the usual suspects and a couple of newbies
thrown in. Welcome to the Jon's, who promised to come back with their wives the
next time to add to their brain trust. Also, welcome to S.T.E.A.K. It's an
acronym of their names. Possibly what they like to eat. I said they were rare.
Ahem. Moving on. The Pilarinski's returned after a long absence. Pickles on a
Plate, Beer Logic and IFFY! all gave it their all, but it was Street Smarts who
took home the gold (again!) while the Ninja Turtles grabbed second. Perhaps their
minds were elsewhere as the impending marriage of Kyle and Evelyn (Remember? When
QM Lou sprang their proposal during the Guess Who Round last year?) looms next week.
And of course, Blood, Bath & Beyond/Ship It! got third.
Another great question set from our quiz writers out west! But it was Round
Seven's name the 10 Muppet movies that garnered the best guesses of desperation!
I give you...
Muppets go Rogue
Muppets vs. Sesame Street
Muppets: Down Under
Muppets: The Great Escape
Silence of the Muppets
Muppets: Frog Legs or Pork Chops?
Muppets: Ms. Piggy Does Dallas
Muppets: Kermit goes to Rehab
Quiz Master Lou signing off!