AEDP Trivia Event
Author: Scott S.
Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut
A few ideas were swirling through my head as I was thinking about what I was going to do after work on April 1st - put toothpaste in the Oreos? put sugar in the salt shaker? cover the sensor on the mouse? Instead of pranking my family, however, I decided to attend the AEDP Trivia Night.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I trudged down to the basement of the Wilde Building. (Well, I was pretty sure that I would be the oldest person in the room.) I was hoping for an enjoyable evening, and I was not disappointed.
There were about 20 people in attendance - some very unfamiliar faces and some familiar faces. At first, we grabbed some food that was catered by Black Eyed Sally’s and mingled a bit. Then each person was assigned to one of five teams that were put together to try and have each team include a reasonably consistent mix of younger folks and more experienced folks.
There were three preliminary rounds and a final round in the competition – the preliminary rounds included some general trivia, identification of company logos, and listening to snippets of songs and writing down the next few lyrics. While not many of the questions were in my sweet spot, I had fun trying to help my team along. There was a buzz of friendly competition in the room.
After the preliminary rounds, there was a final round where each team put some or all of their points at risk. Only the first team with the correct answer would get points and all of the other teams would lose points. It was essentially “winner takes all”, and at that point the competitive juices really started flowing. Representatives from each team were literally running to the front of the room and throwing their bodies around to get to the judge’s table first.
While my team ended up in second place, I thoroughly enjoyed the AEDP Trivia Night. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the newer AEDP members and catch up with some other folks that I do not get to see very often. It was nice to see people in a little bit of a different environment than the day-to-day office environment.
I would definitely participate in another event like this; although I better start listening to popular music and going to more movies if I want to make better contributions to a team.