First, Hurricane Florence is not funny. There are a lot of people who are suffering. The storm has literally crawled across the Carolinas at a pace slower than one walks. It has been seven days in the news before she even stepped a toe into the Piedmont area, in the form of light showers and winds. Our coastal brothers and sisters have flood waters to contend with and no power. Yes, we had plenty of time to prepare. Yes, we waited and waited. And yes, here in the Piedmont, we’ve had way fewer effects than anticipated, praise God. Still, rain continues to fall. Rivers continue to rise. Branches and trees continue to topple.
Saturday morning came, and with it the steady rain. Cancellations abound, and many of us hunkered in. Sue-on-the-corner sent out a text inviting us to gather at her home for Trivial Pursuit, Baby Boomer edition, sans board. Just as we did when she invited us all for a Snow Day Film Fest a few winters ago, we gleaned our cupboards and fridges of crackers, cheese, snacks, and the obligatory wine. Two times a charm, Sue is now our official “Inclement Weather Hostess.”
We thought the Baby Boomer version of Trivial Pursuit would be a piece of cake for four of us. Our fifth player had no chance in hell, anyway. She is a Julia Roberts lookalike, the lovely, Dr. Loli, here from Argentina to do a fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She stays with Sue-on-the-corner (not to be confused with Sue-‘round-the-corner.) Loli not only is not anywhere near a Baby Boomer, she has a cultural disadvantage, but we were to discover that we all were disadvantaged when it came to Robin, the actress, who knew every song, entertainment, and news question.
Since we had no board, we made up our own rules, and after a few rounds, we saw ourselves being trounced by Robin, who finally ended up answering all the questions, anyway. We then turned to good old conversation, solved the problems of the world, and compared American life, death, and television with that of Argentina. Snacks gone, wine drunk, daylight ebbing, we rugged up in our foul weather gear, and headed for home.
And that’s how we hurricane here in our little neighborhood.
Guess which one is our Baby Boomer Trivial Pursuit Champion.
Photo, courtesy of the Lovely Loli.