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Subject:How to get Patti to scream at the radio
Time:12:49 am
This afternoon I found myself yelling at the radio in my car in utter frustration and annoyance.

Believe it or not, I wasn't listening to conservative talk radio. In fact, I had NPR on.

There's an utterly fabulous quiz show on NPR called Says You! It's largely a word and game, where they do lots of things like pulling really obscure words from the dictionary, and having contestants pick the definition from a real one and two made-up ones. It's literate and witty and one of my favorite things to listen to.

Sometimes they veer off a little bit, though, and today they had a category that was made for me. "This one is a musical theater quiz. I'll give you the first line of a well-known song from musical theater. For three points, tell me what show the song is from. For seven more points, sing the next line of the song."

The panelists are pretty literate and educated, and I expected them to do at least moderately well on this.

The first question: "I'm as corny as Kansas in August". A no-brainer for this group, for sure.

"That's from Oklahoma."

"No, it's not Oklahoma".

"Oh! Then it must be Carousel."

"Not Carousel either." Richard Sher, the host, is eminently patient.

I'm not. "South Pacific! South Pacific, you dummies! No, it's not Carousel. Jeez." Eventually they get it, and then actually sing the next several lines of the song. Well, actually, they do the second stanza but so did I. They get full credit for it, though.

I manage to nail almost all of them, and the panel fumbles their way through most. With every fumble I find myself shouting at my radio. "No, you idiots! It's..."

It's probably a good thing I wasn't listening to conservative talk radio.


P.S. I just noticed they'll be taping in San Francisco in April of next year. Anyone want to go?
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tom_bayes
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Time:2010-07-19 10:36 am (UTC)
Reminder to self: Never play a trivia game in Patti's presence if there is any chance questions about musical theater will be asked.
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adbjupe
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Time:2010-07-19 12:01 pm (UTC)
Me neither.

BTW, what play is the corny Kansas line from?
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ronsrants
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Time:2010-07-19 12:08 pm (UTC)
Wizard of Oz. Right?

-R
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jpmassar
Subject:Who knew (it's not even clear if Patti knew) ?
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Time:2010-07-19 02:52 pm (UTC)
I must admit ignorance here. I had no idea that the next line of the first stanza is

I'm as normal as blueberry pie.

and even worse, although I wouldn't have been sure, I would have picked 'high as a kite', not 'high as a flag' if given the choice.



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whipartist
Subject:Re: Who knew (it's not even clear if Patti knew) ?
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Time:2010-07-19 03:31 pm (UTC)
You would have gotten full credit for high as a kite-- they sang "high as the sky". I would've gotten that as the first stanza too, for some reason.
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jpmassar
Subject:Re: Who knew (it's not even clear if Patti knew) ?
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Time:2010-07-19 03:52 pm (UTC)
No wonder the lyrics get changed:

I'm as trite and as gay as a daisy in May,
A cliche comin' true!
I'm bromidic and bright
As a moon-happy night
Pourin' light on the dew!
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whipartist
Subject:No suspension of disebelief required
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Time:2010-07-19 03:56 pm (UTC)
If I was going to burst into song spontaneously, those are exactly the words that would come out of my mouth.
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-07-19 02:58 pm (UTC)
I just noticed they'll be taping in San Francisco in April of next year. Anyone want to go?

Yes.
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-07-19 03:56 pm (UTC)
A quick Google search produces nothing relevant as to the all-important question of when Kansas is actually corniest.

Could it be September? Or if it is August, which week of August?
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-19 04:02 pm (UTC)
One would have to define corniest. For lack of a better definition, I'm going with the point just before the corn is harvested.

Midwestern corn harvests typically occur in October and early November, if I recall correctly. Therefore, I declare October the corniest month in Kansas.
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melebeth
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Time:2010-07-19 05:01 pm (UTC)
Damn it. Now I'm singing that song. (Which I've used for auditions and thus know ALL the damned words.)
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whipartist
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Time:2010-07-19 05:03 pm (UTC)
Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight...
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greeklady
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Time:2010-07-19 05:14 pm (UTC)
If I am back in the country from Vacation, yes I would love to go!!

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essaying
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Time:2010-07-19 08:58 pm (UTC)
That's why I don't listen to talk radio of any kind, unless I'm trying to stay awake at the wheel and I need the adrenaline. Too many people in the world who are permanently or temporarily stupid.
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