In a recent post, I mentioned that I’d been enrolled in a night of trivia; by Michelle my ex-dietician 😦 and Susan); last Wednesday was the day, evening to be precise.
Never having been to one of these events before, I was somewhat apprehensive about what was expected of me, by my dear chums and standover merchants, 👿 Susan & Michelle.
How these two young ladies, do what they do, is beyond me. It was they, that had arranged, and organized, along with others, including Alexis, one of the devoted nurses, back in ’15, this night of trivia, to raise funds for ‘Procreatic Cancer’ research. Not only do they have their normal, heavy, work load, they are involved in many other activities, and this night was just another one of them.
To make sure I didn’t get lost; (or that I turned up more like it) Susan arranged for me to pick Michelle up from outside Michelle’s Office, in the KGV building, and Michelle would point the way. Good job she did; as the directions she’d sent me would have landed me up in Woop Woop, a million miles, the back of Bourke!
Luckily for me, I have one of those ‘Disability’ parking things, and I was able to drive to, and park at the venue; ‘The Grandstand’, at the University of Sydney. Michelle then lead me into the building, and introduced me to two of my fellow victims, for the night. The lovely Claire, and the not so lovely Mars, surely you don’t expect me to refer to some bloke as lovely do you? Come on now! 🙄
On entering the ‘Function Centre’ I was immediately greeted by, no not God, he wasn’t coming, but Susan and the ever delightful Alexis. Alexis is one of those wondrous nurses, and was here, on this special night; prepared to make great sacrifice, in the name of scientific research.
Sounds a bit highfalutin and Jeanne d’Arc’ish!
After greetings and what not, we, Claire, Mars & me, were led to our table; Number 25, by Michelle; it was delighfully placed, just inside with a view of the Oval. I believe they play both cricket and Rugby on the one ground. Table 25 was the Dieticians table.
We were soon joined by the final member of our team, The Admirals Lady; as this is trivia night; think Jane Austen, Persuasion. who promptly took charge; ( which one expects from an Admirals Lady) this was good, because the three of us remaining, (Michelle had disappeared -which was her forté during the night) didn’t seem to have much idea about what we were supposed to be doing.
It was quickly established that Mars, was to be our expert on questions geographic, and we were very fortunate here, as there were only two questions in that catagory all night; and we managed to score 2 points out of a possible 3.
I managed to guess half of one; and managed to get the right answer on another, by the expedient method of cheating. It wasn’t until after I’d cheated, that the Admirals Lady ( do you have her name yet?) told me that cheating using Google was not pemitted.
We were then on our own.
Considering that we were a table of 4¼, or should that be a fifth? Michelle being invoved in the running of the night, and at times stopped by, if she knew an answer.
I did lose count of the number of times she did stop by, but I believe it was 2, it may have been 3, fortuneately T.A.L. & Claire with help from Mars, knew more than a thing or two; and we did quite well overall on the night. Finishing in the top ten, I believe, with a single digit number. I was able to help out with things ancient; John Wayne comes to mind; I do believe that he’d never been heard of, if he had, it hadnt left much of an impression.
At the half way mark on the night, two young ladies, Alexis & Susan made the supreme sacrifice for any woman. They, for the sake of the research, subjected themselves to the hands of a tonsorial barbarian, and were shorn of their lovely locks. I could not watch. 😥
I know that in some of the pictures you may have seen of Susan on these pages you might have noticed her hair was somewhat dishevelled, which is quite understandable, under the circumstances in which they were taken, but in more congenial circumstances, when let down, it was long and lustrous.
As I mentioned earlier, I was seated with “The Dieticians” and they each supped on a gigantic hamburger with chips!!!
Now it’s not for me to criticise; so I’ll say no more on that subject; except to say that poor Michelle’s was delivered to the table whilst she was running around, hither & thither, like a blue arse fly doing I know not what, and she got to eat it when it was cold.
But eat it she did!
They were several nurses from the time I was in W2W9, Shahn gave me a big smile and wave; Steve “the Bosun”, came and shook my arm off seemingly very pleased to see me after so long!
I hadn’t seen The Bosun for it must have been what? Two weeks, he was at the Packer Auditorium when I did my thing, along with young Brendan another dedicated W9W2 nurse.
Emelo came to me with her big smile, young and vibrant. I didn’t recognize her at first, dressed in mufti, with her long hair down. She was off to do the night shift, after the Trivia; so she was in for the long haul there.
I cannot help but admire these amazing young people. How they can remember one little old man, me, with the many that pass through their care is beyond my ken.
When the evening drew to its close and I was leaving, I was approached by some ladies who had attended the Packer thing, and and we chatted for a few minutes; and I was told that they looked forward to my next appearance.
One lady had missed the day and told me she’d seen photographs, in some hospital publication, and would not be missing the next. Methinks, perhaps, there’s some plottin’ afoot!
Somehow I get the feeling that Susan has more in store for me. 😳
I did wear the pin that I was given, I thought it appropriate on the night, it is quite small, 2cm x 1½cm; the picture of the pin below, shows it in pretty much those dimensions. Well it is on my computer screen at least!
For those still wondering, if there are any, the Admirals Lady’s name is Sophie. XD