We faced the typical this time of year dilemma; namely “What to do for the end of the year Barchivists’ outing?” We had descended upon Deville’s last year, so how to go out with a bang this year?
Ellington’s was put forward but what night to go on proved to be hard to choose.
Travelbug offered another solution – the quiz and curry night at the Purl Bar.
Travelbug very kindly, and most efficiently, organized the outing and booked a table for us and so on Tuesday 29 November, a gathering of knowledge managers put their knowledge to the test.
Klydissa had to leave early so the team that remained consisted of AR, WorldInverted, TF, NR, Travelbug, LP, AH, SJVC, Morgandorffer, Paisley Red and myself, arotulon. We wondered what to call ourselves for the sake of the quiz when of course the answer was obvious; Barchivists. This feeling of “damn, that answer was so obvious” was to happen again a few times this night.
At quiz nights I have fun but I also like to try and answer the questions; I was sitting up to attention like an A+ student. And yes, I can report that my music knowledge did come in handy for one question worth 6 points where we had to identify albums and recording artists as given on a sheet of paper. We got all 6 points.
But for me what I always remember the questions for which I had no idea of the answer and have to wait to hear it at the end or have someone else on the table amaze me with their arcane knowledge. NR was that person, for the question: “What do you call a baby hare?” She knew, somehow, she knew…
Sadly none of us knew the name of Robert Duvall’s character in Apocalypse Now, yet we all know what he says. Also it turns out that “water-birding” is the term that means to land a helicopter on water by turning off the blades, and the golfer known as Supermex was not Happy Gilmore as TF put forward but Happy Gilmore was a correct answer later; talk about a happy coincidence. None of us knew where in England Stonehenge is but thanks to the hints of our host we guessed correctly what rubicund means. We had the answer to what is Australia’s oldest continuous brewery but somehow we talked ourselves out of our initial answer of Cascade and went for Carlton. When will we learn to go with the original impulse?
Our table also won a few spot prizes throughout the night. I was the third person to offer an answer to “It is illegal to do what in Church in Ohio?”; since we had been given four options and the two previous guys got it wrong it was 50/50 for me but I could only remember one option and so went with it – I answered “sneeze”, and scored a bottle of wine.
TF put her experiences of 80’s comedies to good use when she correctly answered which American comedian said that he knew his parents didn’t love him because the bath toys they gave him were a radio and an electric toaster – Rodney Dangerfield. Well done TF! Let’s go watch Caddyshack to celebrate.
The Purl Bar promotes this as a Curry and Quiz night and so some of us ordered curries. I tasted the Rogan Josh and can vouch for it being pretty good. Best value of the night though was the curry tasting plate, which featured three curries and was very yum. The fish and chips were a bit hit and miss though. The fish LP and I shared was overdone while the fish and chips Paisley Red ordered came without the fish. The handmade chips were a hit however.
As for the quiz itself, it consisted of two rounds and we were leading after the first and blitzed it totally after the second. The host was a sports reader from Channel 10 and he was funny throughout even though he could not pronounce our team name: Barchivists.
As winners, we were awarded a big blue tub full of little bottles of Pink Yellowglen.
We divided the spoils up amongst the team. For the moment I have possession of the big blue tub. Travelbug has suggested that it function as our mascot and we take it along with to all our venues next year; maybe.
Here is what some other Barchivists have to say about the quiz night:
NR: Great food, great company –they even had one of my favourite wines! The quiz night was better than I thought it was going to be and they had just the right amount of questions without boring me to death –I only got slightly fidgety towards the end. I really liked the Purl Bar as a venue and I thought it was a great way to end this year’s Barchivists’ outings –looking forward to next year’s adventures!
Travelbug: It was lots of fun
Thanks again to Travelbug for putting this outing together and thanks Barchivists for a great year!