Going for the Big Bucks!

When I was little, my parents were religious watchers of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. While I enjoyed guessing the puzzles on Wheel of Fortune, I loved Jeopardy. Finding a way to use the random trivia I had accumulated was great.

I would watch with my calculator so I could keep track of my ‘winnings’ thoughout the show. I don’t remember what I did during final Jeopardy. Sometimes I made the final wagers and probably lost all my winnings.  I especially enjoyed the high school competitions because I was competing against my peers.

When Who Wants to Be a Millionaire became popular, I tuned into that show as well. I loved answering the questions, but the pauses while the contestants agonized over an answer drove me nuts. My feeling was either you knew the answer or you didn’t. If your gut doesn’t draw you immediately to an answer, you probably are safer just guessing.

My recent favorite trivia show is The Chase. I like the rapid pace and the variety of trivia topics. I’m also quite impressed with the breadth of Mark LaBett’s knowledge. It is nearly impossible to win on that show. So many contestants freeze up during the rapid questioning and can’t answer a thing. They are probably kicking themselves once the show is over. While it is painful to watch them stutter at seemingly easy questions, I would be in their shoes. The rapid fire questions would shut my brain down and I wouldn’t be able to spell my own name.

The other show of the contest genre that I enjoy watching is The Ultimate Beastmaster. It is fascinating to see incredibly fit men and women test their strength and determination against the obstacle course. While I could run forever, anything that requires jumping or upper body strength would put me in some type of spectacular fall that would be perfect for the slo-mo replay. I watch this show while I am running on the treadmill and can feel myself tensing as the athletes prepare for the jumps. However, the show is very motivational and I find it much easier to run longer while watching.





About Joselyn

SAHM writing romance with at a case of the giggles. Former librarian. Avid reader. Runner.
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6 Responses to Going for the Big Bucks!

  1. I’ve never seen The Chase but it sounds interesting.
    My kids enjoy shows with obstacle courses. I always cringe thinking about doing them or when I see someone fall.

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    I’ve never heard of some of the shows you mentioned.
    About jumping — I used to be a self-declared champion jumper. High, far… whatever. If there was a hedge around, it was my duty to hurdle it. If there was a climbable tree around, it was my obligation to climb it and then jump from the lowest limb.
    Once I even jumped from the roof of my childhood home. But that’s a story for another time.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve never watched The Chase, but I’m with you on rapid-fire questioning. I just don’t do well when I don’t have time to think! I never thought about watching Jeopardy with a calculator – but then I’d probably forget to enter half the amounts I would “win.” Ultimate Beastmaster sounds a bit like American Ninja Warrior. Fun to watch, but I wouldn’t dream of competing!

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  5. I, too , used to be able to jump.I also was good at some gymnastics, but I did not continue past gym class.HOwevere, there is no way I could ever have competed in a test of physical endurance, even when I was young and healthy.

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