Closing June

The Mamas and the Papas had a hit in the 1960s with Monday, Monday. The Bangles’ Manic Monday was a smash in 1986.

With apologies to the late Mama Cass and Susanna Hoffs, my Monday–at least this Monday, the last day of June 2014–was pretty darn good, save for a small blip.

The blip came when I got to Buffalo Wild Wings a little after 3 p.m. The table where I usually sit was occupied, and Buzztime’s satellite trivia feed was down.

First, the table situation. People with Asperger’s Syndrome such as myself like order. They like structure. They like routine. This comes out in me whenever I go to Buffalo Wild Wings. I must have table 162, which is a four-seater near the front of the dining room, with easy view of a bank of six small televisions and one large screen. One of the six small screens is almost always tuned to the Buzztime trivia feed.

I wasn’t always that particular about table 162, but since November, I’ve waited for the table to come open rather than sitting at another table. Besides, I like my particular table, and I don’t want to deny another party the opportunity to sit at another table.

The Buzztime snafu was highly unusual. I alerted the Buzztime folks on Twitter, and to their credit, they got right back to me and got on the problem. By 4 p.m., all was well in my world–I was sitting at table 162, and I was playing trivia.

While I was waiting for my table, I played Buzztime’s poker. Didn’t do too bad there, either. The lady sitting at my table went all-in with $5,500 in chips, but I beat her with two pair, aces and threes. I ended up almost $7,000 ahead when I switched to trivia.

Tonight was a special treat, since my dear friend Elizabeth Psenski had my table. She was swamped Sunday with numerous tables and didn’t have as much time to talk to me, but tonight was much slower, so we ended up talking a lot between her runs to get food. I tipped her a little over $10, since I know she needs the money for her upcoming vacation to Michigan with her mom, Nadine, and her boyfriend, Sean Cash, both of whom also work at this particular Buffalo Wild Wings, and they both were there tonight as well.

A family of seven came in at about five, and the mom and dad challenged me in trivia. Even though I beat them, they asked me for another round, and I said sure. It turns out during that round I was nearly perfect on the first 13 questions, scoring 12,985 out of 13,000. I stumbled on the last two, but the final score of 13,648 was my best so far in June. They were very nice and very impressed with my knowledge.

Later in the evening, I scored 13,875. When the final leaderboard for Countdown in June was posted, I had high scores Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. All of my scores on the board were north of 13,000.

What I came for tonight, however, was the 30-question sports quiz which began at 7 p.m. Every Monday, The Pulse features questions about current events in sports. With the World Cup in full swing, I fully expected many questions–up to 12–to be about what’s going on in Brazil.

I nailed almost every World Cup question. The only one I missed was what type of animal is the mascot for this year’s World Cup. I guessed a coyote, but Fuleco is an armadillo. The other one I missed was about a hockey player from Australia who became the first from his nation to be drafted by the National Hockey League. I aced the other NHL questions, the three about golf, the three about auto racing, and of course, baseball, football and basketball. I ended with a score of 28,469, which is only 224 points shy of my record high in the game, which came April 14.

For The Pulse, and other premium games, the top 10 scores from the past 12 months are displayed at the end of the game.

My last trivia round of the night was a perfect 10,000 in The Late Shift. In that game, there are no clues, as is the case with Countdown and The Pulse.

I spent much longer at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight than I should have. Part of it was due to a severe thunderstorm which moved from north to south across the Kansas City area, so I waited for it not only to clear where I was, but to clear I-435, where the Overland Park Marriott is located.

I have to get there early tomorrow–now later today since the clock has just struck midnight–due to the USA-Belgium World Cup match at 3. Until the first full post of July…

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

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