142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Mondays: 7:00 PM
View All Posts
Normally I wouldn't bother you with the banality of my day-job, but I do want to a share quick story to acknowledge a real American pioneer who sadly died Monday, Sally Ride.
One of the coolest things about my job is that I get to meet astronauts (I actually worked with a future one back on Galileo before she was accepted into the astronaut corp). Anyway, since Sally Ride was a member of the Caltech Trustees Committee, she came to Lab quite often. One time she was a part of a panel discussion about JPL's future. Afterwards I went up to her and introduced myself. Nothing takes an adult who's been flying spacecraft all over our solar system for 15 years to being a kid again like meeting someone like Sally Ride. With the other astronauts I've met, it's never nearly been as big a deal - they have cool job, I have a cool job, we are all part of the same team working for toward the same goal, etc.... But with her, it was special (probably because her first flight was when I was a freshman in high school, so she was someone I looked up to - no pun intended).
One of my professors from Purdue went to Stanford with Sally, so that's what I used to break the ice (and calm my nerves a little). We talked a little shop, a little history, how I wanted to be the Six Million Dollar Man and therefore an astronaut (because he was - DUH!) .... we simply had our own little private "moment of geek."
Unfortunately this encounter was before I had camera phone, so I was unable to capture our encounter "on film." But I did notice her placard from the panel and asked if I could have it. She laughed (perhaps as if to say "what a nerd!") and graciously gave it to me.
After than I would see her on campus once in a blue moon. I never approached her again, simply because I had nothing to say other than (in my best Chris-Farley-meeting-Paul-McCartney-impression) "remember that time you went up into space? that was cool!" I figured doing that once was enough for both of us. ;-)
Anyway, since then, I've kept her placard in front of my computer (and I brought it to last night's GWD event and had it in front of my computer there as well). Thanks for indulging me.
Btw, if you are more curious about what's on my computer screen, feel free to google Juno, Earth Flyby, DSM, and b-plane. That should keep you busy for a couple of hours.
Fave team name for the night: I Gave Taylor Swift HPV (because it's so wrong that it's right) and Kathleen Turner Overdrive (classic!)
Onto the quiz!
Round 1: Eight Quick, Painless Questions About New York
Best wrong answer of the night: Lake Boston Sucks! for the lake that separates New York from Vermont.
Average Score - 4.6
High Score: 7 from Idiot Savants (6 from six teams)
Round 2(audio): Guess Who's Back?
Songs with "back" in their title.
Average Score - 10.3 (out of 16) - Not Bad!
High Score: perfect 16 from Stranger Danger!!!! (14 from Yeeeah Buddy! and @ Least We're not Last)
Round 3: Way Beyond the Shark
Speed round to list 8 or the top 10 most watch series finale. Worst wrong answer of the night: Who's the Boss???? (please tell me you were joking)
Average Score - 4.6
High Score: 6 from Idiot Savants and I Gave Taylor Swift HPV (5 from six teams)
Round 4: Gorillas, Guerillas, & Godzilla
I still find it hard to believe that Godzilla would lose to King Kong.
Average Score - 3.1 - OUCH!
High Score: 5 from Scheisse and Double Tall and Your Yin is Weak, Your Yang is Weaker (4 from Stranger Danger and Idiot Savants and Katie Holme's Rebound is Jesus)
Round 5(visual): Left Behind In the Good Book
Identify the Bible story that Kirk Cameron wandered into.
Average Score - 5.8 - Nice!!
High Score: perfect 8 from Sheisses and Stranger Danger (7 from four teams)
Round 6: Math Time With Mr. Hitler
Politically incorrect arithmetic is always a good time (including the classing "a train leaves" question).
Average Score - 5.4 - Pretty Good!
High Score: perfect 8 from Double Tall (7 from Scheisse and Yeeeah Buddy! and I Don't Know)
Round 7(audio): Reality Shows You Swear You Don't Watch
Sure you don't. Your average score says otherwise. (You shouldn't lie to your QMG).
Average Score - 5.1
High Score: perfect 8 from Scheisse (7 from four teams)
Low Score: 2 from Double Tall - they know their math, but they don't know their so-called "reality" tv shows…..that deserves some mad respect!
Round 8: Random Knowledge
And who would have ever guessed that Fisto and Extendar were characters from He-Man and not fabulous porn names.
Average Score - 7.7 (out of 16)
High Score: 12 from Sheisses (10 from Double Tall and Kathleen Turner Overdrive)
So, with the return of last week's champions and other regulars, and the absence of our resident champions, this night looked to be interesting…..and our teams did not disappoint.
Last week's 3rd Place Team, Idiot Savants started quick out of the gate with an excellent Round 1, but average scores in the other rounds placed them in the middle of the pack.
A phenomenal Round 2 from Stranger Danger, Yeeeah Buddy!, and @ Least We're not Last, with the help of their Jokers, put them in the top 3 and kept them there through Round 7.
But last week's champions, Scheisse, didn't let their average scores at the start get them down. High scores, including perfect Rounds 5 & 7, and a Joker waiting for them in Round 8, put them in striking of 3rd Place. But 3rd Place wasn't good enough for Scheisse - an excellent Round 8 (and a little stumbling from the top 3) took Scheisse from 5th all the way to 1st (our biggest final round rise ever - the previous best was one team's going from 7th to 4th in Round 8). Two straight weeks for Scheisse! I look forward to the next time our new champions take on our old champions again - it should be epic!!!!
See ya next week…
E-mail Bonus Prize Winner: I'm not really sure which prize Whitney is more excited by: the Bananagram Zip-It, or the banana (or getting photo bombed immediately afterwards).
Rock-Paper-Scissors were used to settle the tie between Yeeeah Buddy! & Stranger Danger. Our two worthy competitors went at it like Roman gladiators. The following throw more intense than the previous throw. But in the end, Stranger Danger won out 2-1.
3rd place: Yeeeah Buddy! taking home a good haul with a gift certificate, free drinks, concert tickets, and a banana.
2nd place: Stranger Danger showing the throw that earned them second place - scissors, FTW!!!!.
1st place: Sheisses with two in a row. Could this be the start of a new dynasty?