Sick at home as a child, my choices for TV viewing were limited. Being a kid back in the olden days, the offerings during the daytime were pretty slim for kids. Soap operas, talk shows a la Merv or Mike Douglas, or game shows were it. See how easy it was to pick game shows? That's where I first learned of "The Price is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal." I sucked at both.
There were only two game shows I watched with any regularity in normal times: "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." "Wheel" was just too easy for me, and I would curse the often-idiotic contestants. "Why would you buy a vowel, you idiot? Can't you see the answer without a stupid 'A'?"
"Jeopardy" was my secret pleasure. I was good. Damn good. Save for the fact I was only 8 or 11 or 13, I coulda been a contender. Fast forward too many years to admit. Either I have gotten remarkably dumber or the questions have gotten remarkably harder. I concede that childbirth has shaved off many brain cells. I'll even concede that my teen and college years of partaking in, ahem, illegal substances shaved off quite a few, too. But the questions today -- or, shall I say, the answers today -- are too much for me.
Were I picked to be a contestant on "Jeopardy" today, I'd go down in flames and shame. Thankfully, there's always "Wheel of Fortune." And I won't embarrass myself by buying a vowel for NO REASON!
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