Monday, July 17, 2006

Pop quiz

If you, the reader, and I were on a team together in a game of Celebrity, and we were on the part of the game where you can only give two-word clues and I said "Wizard kid," what would your first guess be?

If you said "Harry Potter" then I can guarantee that your name isn't Frank Smith, Liz Miller, or Lindsay Hollinger.

I think the other best part of the game we played Saturday night was when Frank yelled at us for like five minutes to explain the miming he had done to convey "Charles Grodin," which to me looked like he had sold his intestines for money and then been flown to a location where he was then placed in the electric chair.

Ah, that was an enjoyable evening.*

*Not sarcasm.


Blogger jenni_powell said...

I'm curious: if they didn't get "Harry Potter", what did they think the answer was?

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Lindsay guessed "Quiz Kid Donnie Smith," who had been a celebrity in an earlier game. (But this was at that late point in the evening when drink and enthusiasm have begun to blur the lines between one game and another.) I guessed "Fred Savage's brother."

I will stand behind both of those guesses.

Also, TO BE FAIR, a big part of the game Celebrity is that all of the names in the two-word round (Round 2) have already come up in the earlier, say-as-many-words-as-you-want round (Round 1). This is why it's valuable to pay attention even while the opposing team is guessing, so that you can get a handle on who comprises the current roster of celebrities. Naturally, you'd remember if THE MOST FAMOUS PROTAGONIST OF YOUR LITERARY ERA happened to be an answer in the game. On the other hand, if you didn't recall hearing such a figure mentioned, you could safely assume that he wasn't a viable answer (because how could you forget?)

I only drag you through the game's minor structural details so that you'll have a context for understanding why it may have been an impediment that a certain member of our team (who will remain nameless) did not seem to possess the patience necessary to listen during the other team's turn, but instead preferred to yammer on and on about one bit of bullshit or another. Furthermore, he appeared not content to merely yammer, but also demanded that ALL OF HIS FELLOW TEAMMATES pay attention to him (rather than to the game) and tell him repeatedly how smart and witty he was, and how insightful, and how he was even funnier in person than on his blog.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

A few things:

- I was, apparently, the only member of our team to have heard the other team guess "Harry Potter." How this was possible over the din of our nameless team mate remains a mystery.

- "Fred Savage's Little Brother" was not a celebrity in any of the games we played that evening, so one might wonder why he was a viable answer while the most glaringly obvious response was not.

8:43 AM  
Blogger -Laurel- said...

Unrelated side note:

Ben Savage passed out in Aimee Jones' bed after the 'Getting Ass' Party of 2005. She was not in the bed at the time. i think she was actually quite annoyed.

How would he be a Wizard kid? Wasn't Fred Savage in the Wizard?

9:55 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I have no excuse. I wrote Harry Potter.
I was expecting Jeff to reference himself!
The only thing that can explain how clueless I was is that I was about 4 rum & cokes into the evening.

Plus, the fury it evoked in Jeff was much more fun that if we had guessed it correctly.


9:56 AM  
Blogger -Laurel- said...

He didn't just storm out of the apartment, he stormed down the hall. Who knows how far he went before realizing his shoes were still in my living room.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

And answer is: the elevator.

Lindsay, at least you had thought I had said "quiz kid" or whatever.

Oh, and when Frank guessed "Fred Savage's brother" he meant the kid who plays his brother in "The Wizard," and not his actual brother.

That is a very funny story about Ben Savage, however.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Maybe if you'd reversed the sequence of your two words (totally acceptable in a game of Celebrity)? If "Wizard Kid" clearly sounded to your teammates more like a kid who was in The Wizard, perhaps "Kid Wizard" would be more likely to prompt images of a juvenile sorcerer. (Sort of like how "Kong Kid" would probably lead to guesses of Billy Elliot, while "Kid Kong" would more likely prompt a guess of Mighty Joe Young.)

Maybe something like that would have been a better strategy than just storming out of the room? But, I don't know. I'm not trying to lecture you about being a good teamplayer. You were on a lot more soccer teams than me in our youth.

12:39 PM  

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