I love trivia – especially when I get to show off my chops. So upon hearing of the Finn Tavern’s Wednesday trivia night, I unglued myself from my couch and was ready to put the competition in its place.
I teamed up with Polly Peace, who I know from the Country Children’s Center in Cross River, where she is the executive director. We proceeded from a very similar mindset. “You have knowledge, this gives the chance to test yourself, and you get the opportunity to bring it out,” said the Somers resident.
Not much a TV watcher, she was happy to know I’d have that area covered and I delivered almost immediately. What recent SyFy original featured Tara Reid, asked MC Rick Peace, who is Polly’s husband. I pounced on the pen and slid Sharknado into the five spot.
Letting her bewildered look go, we coasted through, what war did the Treaty of Versailles end, which ocean is Pitcairn Carne Island in, and what century did Julius Caesar live?
Finishing with eight out of ten in the first of five rounds, we tied for first and won an appetizer. Yeah, we were going to clean up, and I was ready to let the room know.
The back table heard from me first. John Stam and Matt Murphy weren’t ready to concede and knew what Wednesday is about. “Winning,” said Stam, whose team has won the last two of three competitions.
Taken aback but not tipping my hand, I was curious how they did on the math question that tripped our team up. “We made it our bitch,” Stam said with joking confidence.
Bluster aside, he welcomed the Wednesday change of pace in comparison to what can be found elsewhere. “People drinking too much, this is something different,” said Stam.
His teammate brought a more cerebral point of view. “It’s a little brain exercise,” Murphy described their weekly participation.
Returning to my seat, I felt poised to sweep into the next round. But not knowing the dimensions of a chord of wood set the tone, and we lost our bid for free shots.
Unable to duck for cover as part of the job description, I took my questions to Brittany Gray and Danielle Crecco, who both seemed a bit overmatched by the minutia. “We got a four this round,” Brittany sighed in resignation.
Still, they bantered with the boys adjacent, and weren’t shy about pointing out the ungentlemanly advantage held in the standings. “They stink,” said Crecco, while also being certain their competition would share some of their winnings in the form of drinks and food.
But Will Galli stopped that idea in its tracks. “No, I got my own team to worry about,” he poked at the girls.
Removing myself from the crossfire, Polly put my so-called literary advantage to shame. What do you call a word that imitates the sound associated with the objects or actions they refer, such as buzz or hiss, asked Rick Peace. Fortunately before my incompetence could reveal itself, Polly penned out Onamonapia.
I would redeem myself of my armchair expertise in astrophysics. Nine minutes, I’ve long known it takes light to reach the earth from the sun. And having never heard of the 1972 sinking of a famous vessel in Hong Kong Harbor, I was able to piece together the right answer.
The former British Colony, I had the country of origin, and knowing of the QE2, I figured out something bad must have happened to the first one.
Then collaborating on the year Jimmy Carter lost the presidency and the number of Supreme Court Justices, we certainly did not overlap on two queries involving stone settings and fashion. But there’s no “I” in team, and we would win the final round.
Unfortunately, it was not enough to win the evening. Will Galli’s team took the honors.
Licking my wounds, I thanked owner Gina Shaub for a fun night out. “We try to keep it social and current so it’s a good time throughout and everyone can do it,” she said.
Very quaint, but I have work to do.
Rich Monetti coverage of event at Finn Tavern with Polly Peace, Gina Shaub, Will Galli, Rick Peace, John Stam, Matt Murphy, Brittany Gray, Danielle Crecco