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Quick Recall aka Quizbowl 
11th-Sep-2007 08:59 am
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auktastic  was talking about Quizbowl in the comments to another entry and it was getting hard to read, so I decided I'd post about it.  (Also I have nothing better to talk about today, except for the Bengals winning on Monday Night Football last night, and I have a feeling no one wants to hear about that...even though it was FREAKING AWESOME.)  (And am I the only person who thinks Zachary needs to trim his hair a little bit?  Yes?  Okay.)

They called this Quick Recall at my school, and we competed against other schools in our athletic league.  Two teams of four people would compete to answer trivia questions.  Have you ever watched The Young Ones?  You know the episode "Bambi", where they get on the collegiate trivia TV programme?  Well, that's exactly what our team behaved like.  I was often the only girl, and I was a geek, so the guys pretty much carried on as if it were an all-male group.  This was also where one of my best (and dorkiest) friends, who is now spikegoddess' husband, got horrifically embarrassed.  He always carried a quarter in his wallet in case he needed to make a phone call from a pay phone, and it had created a circular indentation in the leather that was about the size of a condom.  I think you can figure out the things that got said when we glimpsed this on the way to a meet one day.

There was also a TV competition called In The Know on WOSU that we would compete in every year.  Because we were a small school, we'd have to win an untelevised game against someone before we could advance to being on the show.  Generally, we would cream the opponents in the untelevised game and then have to play some team from Dublin or Worthington who showed up in matching suits and kicked our butts on the air for all to see.

I was not, however, in the marching band.  I did have many friends and a boyfriend who were in it, so at football games I would hang around the bandstand to chat with them and steal their blankets while they were playing.  I'm not sure whether that makes me or them the geekier ones.
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12th-Sep-2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Where does Art Club fit into the Continuum of Dorkuality? Cause I spent 4 years in there...
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12th-Sep-2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
And I didn't know you did art!! you need to post your stuff!!

You know...I don't really do a whole lot with it any more. I was never that great at portraiture and was more likely to create by writing than by drawing or painting. I do have a portfolio with a bunch of stuff in it, and sketch occasionally, but that's it. I keep wishing I would do more, but apparently internal pressure isn't enough to get me moving on it.
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12th-Sep-2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Actually, I've tried that before (when much younger) with inanimate objects, but didn't do it often enough to get past the mental issue of "nooo this is not right side up!" Maybe I should try again...
12th-Sep-2007 12:59 am (UTC)
At my school, the Quiz Bowl team was called "Academic Challenge." I was on it for a year (maybe two?) All I remember was staying after school memorizing the names and locations of various football bowl games, and Alexander something-or-other (Russian author whose name I can pronounce, yet not spell... even phonetically). We never won, but we didn't really try.

Plus, oddly enough, the band was the thing to be in (think "Drum Line".. don't see it though. I am not advocating that.) and the only reason anyone went to homecoming was to see them perform. As such, they never went on at half-time, only after the game was over. Otherwise, people would just leave before the game was done.
12th-Sep-2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Dude...people thought it was COOL to be in the band in your school? I can't wait to tell my high school friends that. They won't believe it.
12th-Sep-2007 06:04 am (UTC)
At my school, it wasn't necessarily "cool" to be in band, but it definitely wasn't uncool. My junior year, both the homecoming king and queen were in marching band, and took their crowns in uniform, at the game (which was entirely too awesome for words, let me tell you). My senior year, the homecoming queen was in marching band, and the guy we all thought was going to get king was, too, but then it went to some guy from the wrestling team instead.
12th-Sep-2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I am dead serious. The band was (and still is) serious business up there. It's only 2.5 blocks from my house and back in the day, when they were out practicing, the whole neighborhood would go up and hang out to watch. It was like an event. During the summer, they have band camp, from 7am to 6pm. There is even an "Alumni Band" for the people who just can't let it go. I went and checked the school website and the side menu reads "administration, guidance services, calendar, classrooms, early college, band boosters." They are billed higher than the Athletics and the PTSA! When I say "they love their band" I mean "love" their band! I don't know where this picture was taken, but here they are on the field somewhere...
12th-Sep-2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
My high school was all about jocks. Of course, we art club people knew that we were superior to them, so we just ignored their taunts and jibes. Losers.
12th-Sep-2007 06:07 am (UTC)
Now you have made me want to post my own entry about all my glorious QB memories (like the time we lost D...or the fact that J was a kleptomaniac...or Pat). Too bad I also have a couple of pic-spammish things that I want to do, a fic that I have been half-assedly tossing around for a few weeks now, and hours upon hours of math homework keeping me from doing any of these things. Damn college!
12th-Sep-2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Oh, and I've been wanting to respond to that meme you tagged me in. Apparently, forgetfulness is a problem, also.
12th-Sep-2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm not that far from college--as I recall, it doesn't get THAT busy till midterms! (Wait--I was a cultural studies major...perhaps my reality was quite different from other people's.)

The year before I joined, they had several psychology questions they couldn't answer that all involved B.F. Skinner. So it became a Quick Recall team thing that any time a question came up about psychology, you just buzzed in and yelled "B.F. SKINNER!" right away. Imagine our shock when one day during a match, someone did this...and it turned out to be the correct answer. Every single person on our team jumped up and screamed. It scared the crap out of our opponents.
12th-Sep-2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Well, for a couple of my profs, it's kind of hard to keep up with the note-taking in class, so I just do it out of the book and follow along in class, and I am so talented that I managed to let myself get behind on that only 2 weeks in, and I have homework due in 3 of my 4 classes tomorrow (well, today, I guess) that I have to finish notes before I can actually complete. So, hours upon hours of homework.

Hee! I can totally see my team doing that. Our "standard answer" was Harriet Tubman, for history questions, but we never got it right like that.
13th-Sep-2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh well, now that you and Auktastic have explained it, that actually that sounds cool... I wish we had that at my school. I would have never gotten any of the answers right, but it still would have been fun! I haven't seen The Young Ones, but it sounds kind of like the Mathletes from Mean Girls. Oh, Kevin G! .... Anyway.

The quarter/condom story is too entirely funny :)

Thanks for the explanation!
13th-Sep-2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
*gasps* You haven't watched The Young Ones?!?

Actually, that's a show that either people love it, or hate it. I love it. But then I completely identify with Rick, and his sad attempts to be cool and popular even though no one likes him. It's a very surreal show--in a way, like Monty Python in college without the bad drag.

Now I want some Young Ones icons.
14th-Sep-2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I have to go look for clips of it because if it's anything like Monty Python, I know I'll love it!

*Runs off to Youtube*
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