Tuesday, July 07, 2009

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Trivia

An ancient and hallowed tradition for half of my family is to go to Old Chicago's on a tuesday night and play Trivia. It is one of the things that I miss, the competition and fraternity, and so I was quite surprised when I read on Wikitravel:

"Le Pub, 175/22 Pham Ngu Lao, located on the small road which connects Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien. Always busy after 6PM, famous for its western strength drinks, daily dollar-specials (e.g. Tuesday $1 for vodka mixers all night) and friendly staff. It has the same owner as Le Pub in Hanoi. The Pub Quiz (almost every Tuesday) is very popular with expats, especially the english teachers. Get there early or it's too packed to find a place to sit down. Indoors and outdoor tables available."

Yes, that is right, Tuesday Night Trivia in Ho Chi Minh City. How exciting.

Of course this is U.K. style Pub Quiz, rather than what we're used to, so it was much more multimedia. The theme for the evening was 'Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll'. The first round was pictograms that added up to rock star names, the second was songs where we had to name what Michael Jackson song they sampled, the third was quotes about drugs, can't remember the fourth, the fifth gave us the celebrity and we needed to name the cause of death, and the sixth were pictures and we had to decide if the person was in pleasure (in a porno) or in pain (as an athlete).

ROUND 3 (Drug Quotations, you name the person who said it):

1) "Turn on, tune in, drop out."
2) "You see, I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. 'Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years were rrreal fucking high on drugs."
3) (Commenting on the song 'One Toke Over the Line' playing on the radio) "One toke? You poor fool! Wait till you see those goddamn bats." (I GOT THIS! Despite never having seen the movie).
4) Can't remember, didn't write down.
5) "Just Say No"
6) "To Alcohol! The cause of--and solution to--all life's problems."

Round 5 (Tell me how they died):

1) Michael Hutchins (INXS)
2) Cliff Burton (Metallica)
3) Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
4) Joe Strummer (The Clash)
5) Sonny Bono
6) Marvin Gaye

Round 6 was strange. They gave us a super close up of the face, and we had to guess if it was a porn store getting laid or an athlete in the throes of exertion. And somehow we managed to get every single one right. We felt very dirty afterwords.

We came in sixth, and it was a blast. I wish that I was going to be here next week, I would do it again in a heartbeat. And I count it as one of those unique opportunities in my life; plus some combination of codeine, tylenol, colchicine and alcohol made my foot bearable, so I'll try shotgunning my codeine, tylenol and colchicine tomorrow morning to go be touristy.



  1. Dear Matthew,

    What a hoot! I do not think I would have been much of a contributor, but I have printed a copy to share at Trivia tonight.

    You didn't supply the answers! So I will have to do a little research. I haven't a clue on the one (number 3) that you were so proud of getting right. BTW, who is we? Did you attach yourself to a team?

    Ahem, regarding your entusiastic paean to the various drugs, please keep in mind two things: the addictive profile of the Parker Clan; and that the DEA routinely monitors all overseas emails and posts.

    I think I am kidding about the latter comment. You finished 6th, but out of how many teams. If it was out of 7, well....If it was out of 30, and in an international competition - well that is entirely another matter.

    Thanks for the post, and I am glad that you found such a fun event to attend. Be well, and enjoy being touristy.



  2. Dear Matthew,

    The Denver Trivia Team (this week's name Necrosploitation)took first place - for the 2nd week in a row. I'll send the questions later.

    I coined the new word.




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