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bunkie

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628 days ago

For anyone who’s interested, I’m in California where, on Tuesday, I was a contestant on the American game show, Jeopardy! (the exclamation point is part of the name).

The show will air on Friday, September 21st.

It was an incredible experience. They tape five shows at a time. I wasn’t picked until the last show. On one of the earlier shows (the one that will air on September 17th), one of the categories was furniture. That one stumped the three players on most of the question.

For those of you outside the United States, this is a very popular game show where the contestants have to answer questions. There is a game board with six categories and five questions in each category.Each question has a dollar amount and the questions get harder for the higher dollar amounts. Wrong answers penalize you. The player who gave the last correct answer chooses the question. Each player has a signaling device (a button) and signaling determines who gets to answer the question. There are two rounds and, at the end, there is a single question in a pre-chosen category that all players must answer after wagering. The player with the highest dollar amount gets to keep the money and the second and third-place contestants get $2000 and $1000. The champion goes on to appear in the next game.

I had a great time. The other contestants were all very good and the staff of the show was incredibly helpful. Playing the game was exciting and stressful as there’s real money at stake. Several people told me that my game was the most exciting of the day. I was up against a formidable champion with cat-like reflexes. I won’t tell you the outcome, you’ll have to see for yourself.

The time went so quickly. This was the dream of a lifetime for me. I’m so glad I got the opportunity. About 100,000 people try out each year and only 400 are picked, so even making it to the show is something of an achievement.

By the way, if you do watch, I’m the one standing in the middle position.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 628 days ago

What is my favorite TV show? I phrased it in the form of a question. Do I win “Final Jeopardy!?

I’m a Jeopardy! addict. All my friends & family know better than to call me while it is on.

Congrats, making the show IS a great accomplishment. I WILL be watching to see how you did. I wood root for you, but the outcome has already been decided. Does Ken Jennings have anything to worry about?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JJohnston

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#2 posted 628 days ago

Don’t forget to bump this thread back to the top, middle of that week, so we won’t forget.

-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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SASmith

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#3 posted 628 days ago

Congrats.
I will keep an eye out for you.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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StumpyNubs

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#4 posted 628 days ago

Jeopardy?... never heard of it… :)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 628 days ago

Stumpy,
It’s “JEOPARDY!”, even I haven’t heard of “Jeopardy?”.......

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 628 days ago

Congratulations Bunkie!

Stumpy, Have you heard of Cheers ? -Jack

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bunkie

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#7 posted 574 days ago

Bumping this thread as it’s now two days before my air date.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 574 days ago

Bunkie, ,that is fantastic. I know the experience very well… My son was a six-day champ back in 2006, ang got to go back for the tournament of champions. My wife and I got to attend the tapings, and it was both stressful and exciting! We will be watching you…. We never miss the show.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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AKSteve

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#9 posted 574 days ago

Way to go ! that is awesome I hope I get to see it!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#10 posted 573 days ago

Congrats. I love Jeapordy. I used to watch it daily with my then teenage daughter. I’ll be watching tonight.

I hope you got your dream board of categories.

‘Men & tools’, ‘Wood type’, ‘woodworking in Shakespeare’, ‘basic first aid’, ‘fix it’

-- HenryH - PA

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 573 days ago

BUMP!!!
JEOPARDY! airs in 6 minutes here in Vermont.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 573 days ago

Bunkie (Peter), I just finished watching the show on DVR. You did an excellent job! For a while there, I really thought you were going to be the next champion.

For the record, I have to say I got the triple-stumper final Jeopardy answer (even though my smarty-pants Jeopardy-champ son did not!) :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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bunkie

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#13 posted 570 days ago

Yeah, I got it too. The problem is that it came to me on the final note of the music. Oh well, that’s why it’s a game. I had fun and I got a free vacation out of it.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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