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  1. PW, your travel blog made me think of where I stayed in Arkansas, Board Camp. Just north of there is a teeny tiny town named Ink, Arkansas. I was told it got its name because, when residents were given a ballot to vote on a name for their town, at the top of the ballot it said, "Please write in ink." So they did. I love all the kitschy things you visit on your travels like the metal t-rex and the praying mantis with a scanner code on her butt. There used to be a show on PBS about such things, like the Mother Goose shoe house and teepee motels. I loved that show.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    The difference being, Jennings himself never said booze-related categories were/would be his downfall. I believe James himself singled out Ballet.
  3. I have one so I can get free things from companies, but I post nothing (just an ID photo of dog and horse). It's amazing how many people have found me though, in spite of me having the same name as dozens of people around the United States. I guess it's the dog/horse pics that give it away if someone really searches for me. I only know people in those worlds. I've gotten more than 40 friend requests and have responded to ... none. I dislike the burden that FB puts on people, having to "like" everything or people get offended and "unfriend" you. Gah. Too high school for me. If someone wants to know what I'm doing, they can call or email. (Which is why my phone does not ring and my emails are all spams.) ETA: I got a friend request once from a dog friend's cat. I did not reply, of course, but now I wonder if she was using her cat's name like you do, PW. On your WV trip, I was really offended by the ivory hunters maiming that lovely elephant. Horrid people are everywhere. At least they left her one tusk. Other things made me laugh, like you not rolling your window down all the way to take a photo at Interstate speed over the Mighty Miss. Nicely done.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Holy cr*p, @Browncoat! When I saw the category of The Elements, I was hoping for the subject to be rain, or another one of THOSE kinds of elements. But NO. So I came up with the answer of (remember, this is in my head so it's phonetic) ... EUR-ranium. You know, spelled like Europe. Then I spelled it in my head and was like, oh, duh. I guess that's wrong. I've never even heard of the right OR the wrong answers. I ended up losing today by 13 points to my Evil Self. *sigh* I wish Evil Self would get voted off the island or something. I feel about her like some of you do about James. Speaking of, I did get the TS of plebian, and the TS of Double Indemnity. That was a great film noir, with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. I got a laugh out of Trebek correcting James' pronunciation of "Jatte" after his answer of Serat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Welcome to Jeopardy, Mr. Holzhauer! Side note: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte is at the Chicago Art Museum. It takes up an entire wall, floor to ceiling almost, and is on a wall between two doors so it's the only painting there. There are benches in front of it and always people sitting there plus standing to look at it. I don't care for it myself. But that's just MY OPINION!
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    It would be fun playing Shout It Out Jeopardy with someone. But watching alone, the best I can do is play against myself, and I constantly am getting my butt kicked by me. I guess I should divide further, such as Nice Me and Evil Me. Evil Me rules, Nice Me drools. But most of you guys knew that already.
  6. Oh, MAN, @Mindthinkr, what a way to ruin your vacation if not future travels alone. Invest in some pepper spray and carry it when you go out. I've always traveled alone, all across and up and down the U.S. I've never encountered any problems, although I'm 5-10, athletic, and have a look that says "Go ahead and try something so I can kick your ass." I know this because when I used to go out with girlfriends, they would all get hit on (or picked up!) and I would be left to go home alone. When I asked my friends about it, they all said I have an "Eff you" aura so I scare off the guys. I actually would try to kick some guy's ass if I were accosted so I guess it's true. (And no, I wasn't a butterface, I used to be a photographer's model and never broke any cameras. That I know of.) The only time I got weirded out was walking from Nogales, Arizona to Nogales, Mexico. I had planned to go into all the shops for some great bargains, but once in Mexico I felt uneasy, so I walked around a few blocks non-stop, then back into Arizona. It was just a feeling, but one I had never had before. So I paid attention. The only other "strange encounter" I had was in southern Indiana on my way to Kentucky, about 3 a.m. I pulled into a rest area planning on spending the night there. There were three or four little picnic shelters, all with lights, scattered along the roadway in. Under each of the lights was one man per shelter, all doing "poses" as I drove by. I figured I was not in their demographic, but still, I drove on into Kentucky to spend the night. @Prevailing Wind, your vaca blog is FANTASTIC. I especially liked your Arkansas one since I spent all my summer vacas from a wee kid through college on my aunt and uncle's farm in the Ouachitas. Way back before Interstate highways, my mom driving and me in the back seat of her Studebaker convertible, we took highway 67 down Illinois, through St. Louis and into Arkansas. Two hundred miles out of Walnut Ridge, there started a series of billboards in the shape of a salad bowl stating how many miles/minutes to the Salad Bowl restaurant. So, of course, we stopped at the Salad Bowl for lunch on every trip. Once we spent the night in Walnut Ridge, that was a big event. One of our more memorable trips was taking the Toad Suck Ferry across the Arkansas River. The ferry was retired in 1970. I remember that trip quite well, even though I was a wee tyke at the time. My mom was bold driving that big Studebaker onto the wooden ferry. I was deathly afraid of bridges and water so I think I blacked out for most of the float across the river once we drove on board. But it was the talking point of our vacation for that year and years to come. Thanks for that recipe @Browncoat. I will def make some and report back. Yum!
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    What is...In the Media?

    Thanks, @Mario500 for the WGN link of Ian Holzhauer's interview with King John. Ian was on Steve Cochran's WGN show this morning; I'll see if I can find the podcast link. Ian is a lawyer in Naperville (soon to be a partner, he revealed!). He said James as a kid knew every line in Dumb and Dumber, and all of the Simpson's episodes. He memorized all of the Cubs stats and is a baseball fanatic. Cochran tried to get James a job with the Cubs but that was strongly overruled by the WGN sports guys. But it seems a job with a major league team would be a dream job for James. (Nickname: Jamie) Ian did say their dad won't do any interviews and is getting tired of being asked or harassed about it. Oh, James is 1-1/2 years younger than Ian. He was a great baseball player and very athletic growing up. Ian did not know James was going to LA to be on the show, and said he covered his tracks so well, no one knew what was going on except James' wife. He said James has been donating to food banks and those dedicated to feeding kids. He also said when James was in Naperville he took Ian's kids to Culver's (a great Midwestern burger/food chain). On the counter was a collection box for a food pantry for kids, a non-profit that one of the nephews was enthusiastic about. When James got back to LV, he send a donation to that charity. I don't see Cochran's podcast of the interview up yet. Andy noted on TheJeopardyFan some days back that James might be trolling his brother as he has never been mentioned in the FJ extras.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Alabama. Selma market. And that's 9:30 a.m. I want to know. Which is why I find the FJ and answer (under the guise of updating The Contest file) and who won plus other details about the game as soon as Andy posts it on TJF site. As another poster said a few pages back, that allows me to go about my day stress free. YMMV of course. As I play each game against myself, I find James answers so quickly that many times he's answered before I've even processed the clue. Then he's on to the next clue while I'm still thinking, "Hey, I knew that one," but I give myself a check in the DO NOT KNOW column because of being too slow. I really don't know why no one else is playing the game against themselves. Unless it's too depressing. Which, I guess, it is. Also, it's a bit more difficult than "you should apply to Jeopardy" to get on Jeopardy. As have many others here, I've taken the online test multiple times and haven't been invited to LA yet. Or even been acknowledged. I bow to our PTV posters who have appeared on the show, because "I am not worthy." --TM Garth.
  9. Holy cow, @Mindthinkr! You are the best. That stinks about the rain in NOLA. I can feel the humidity now, even up here on the tundra where I live. I'd combat that with a couple of Hurricanes at some French Quarter nightclub. Or maybe they aren't called that anymore, after Katrina. Check in again soon! I love hearing about vacations.
  10. Thanks @Browncoat. I like trying different things, and everyone here is loving that dressing. I recently discovered a store not too far from me (25 highway miles one way is close) sells Duke's mayonnaise. And this is Hellmann's country! So that's on my list too. For @Prevailing Wind:
  11. Anyone know the recipe for that Cheese Shop house dressing? @Prevailing Wind, is that a Muffler Man as your avatar?
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Jeopardy airs at 9:30 a.m. in a portion of Alabama (Selma). So says Andy of TheJeopardyFan, his site posts the results after it airs there. With apologies to @TEEBAX (!) the Teachers Tournament has been taped/filmed and will air beginning May 8. She has posted in the Experiences thread if you want more info. Agree. It astounds me that competing players can't grasp what James is doing, and select a $200 clue on a full board when they finally get to win the buzz in and answer something. Those people deserve to lose to James. This made me LOL. Thanks. I guess I fall into that category too, even from other posters on this thread! I suggest to everyone who feels this way, play the game against yourself. Get a piece of paper, draw two columns, head one "I Know This" and the other "I Don't Know This." Put a check mark in the appropriate column after the clue is read and before the answer is given. See if you can at least beat yourself if you cannot beat James. I've come close but no cigar for me yet. Maybe today. Or, like Scarlet said, "Tomorrow is another day." Or something like that. I hate those trick categories. It's my thinking that if I know a subject, I know it whether it's a 200 or 2000 clue, I don't need to start from "easy" to "more difficult." It's subjective. If someone is a GoT watcher, that person should know all five clues/answers, no sweat. I'm adding that clause to all of my posts now, just so ya'll know these are my opinions. Well, subject to this proviso anyhow.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    All these years later, Ken gets ragged about H&R Block, FedEx and Watson on his Twitter account. Some people just can't let it go.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I applaud you for this thinking, which made me laugh and also made me feel like a dolt for my knee-jerk answer to Opus' question while YOUR answer would make for epic tv. I would PAY to see that duel. Where do I go to put in my request? I'd cough up the big bucks to see James vs. TSPITR*. *The Smartest Person In The Room
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    And bet more than $100. ETA: The big news story here today is Illinois is moving to legalize sports betting. Coincidence? Who knows.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    LOL! I recently watched a rerun of The Good Wife where the lawyers, when talking to the judge, had to preface everything they said with, "In my opinion." If they did not, the judge would say, "In your opinion?" after each of their statements. I've seen him rub salt in the wounds of first-time contestants he appears to not like at all. He can be downright snarky and rude to some.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I bet they will not. There was a five-game limit before, and it was removed, then Ken Jennings had his fantastic run. They did not put the limit back on after him, they will not put it back on after James. (Just MHO.) How long did we go with a run of one-and-dones? Months? And then no one could even make it to five games. No, they are not going to limit wins again. Ever. It is unknown how many players would have gotten more than five wins before the limit was lifted. On the contrary, this is great for Jeopardy. James is on the news, national and local, on the radio, in print newspapers and online gossip columns. The man is everywhere. This is the greatest thing to happen to Jeopardy since Jennings. Except for that rumor that he is going to bankrupt the show! Rumor? Not sure. Still, anyone who is worried about James tanking Jeopardy, support that GoFundMe page. If that dream came true for me, I too, would be laughing all the way to the bank while people hate would roll right off my back. Here's hoping dreams will come true. Pretty much everyone here knew since Bermuda was a FJ answer two months ago, and we had a discussion about the location of "the Triangle" here after that episode. I read that James is calling clues and answering so quickly that the show editors have been adding seconds of "dead air" to fill out the alloted show time. Which is why sometimes it seems people are stalling or taking too long. It's an illusion! I'd rather have that than more commercials. It's so the "common folk" at home can feel like smartie pants. Hey, it's working, isn't it?
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    I don't live where there is a fire season, but I see reports of every fire on national news, complete with video of TANKERS dropping water and fire retardant. Never have Lester Holt or David Muir called those planes Super Scoopers. Which is why I love The Bachelor franchise. So much fun on those threads. Most browser windows, when you log in with your UN and password, have a box to check, "Keep me logged in." Check it out (or just check it!) next login.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Are we picking based on personal preference or actual show stats? My guess is everyone here would let Julia stay while the other three will all get votes to go. My "get out of here" goes to Austin.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    LOL. Unless the mountains have signs on them to distinguish one range from the other, they all look the same, I am assuming. I've only driven to/through Tucson once. One thing about Arizona, there aren't as many roads/highways as in the Midwest so IMO directions are easier there. At least when one gets out of town. I live where the Mississippi flows east to west so I grew up with that river always to the north. I once got in a huge argument with a person from Burlington, Iowa, who worked for a river barge company, when he came to my town. He insisted the river was to the west when I said it was to the north, saying that it could never be "to the north" as it only flows "north to south," according to him. He never would admit I was correct. (Even though he could have looked at a map.) I did know, however, that it was to the east or west when I drove north or south of my city. I wasn't a total stupe! It's sort of a book club's version of MST3K.
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Ken said he specifically studied alcoholic beverages (Potent Potables, remember!) so he would know them even if he never would experience them. Most players leave animal categories for last. I notice because anything animal would be my first choice. I'm permanently signed in on my regular browser. I believe there is a box to check: "Keep me signed in." Look for that. Or, you can give us your password and we'll sign in and post for you.
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    Season 35 Final Jeopardy Contest

    Thanks Toothbrush. I know. I hate when that happens.
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    Season 35 Final Jeopardy Contest

    Here's a new contest to keep track of how many FJs you get correct vs. don't know for this season. Prizes will be awarded for at least two categories, most correct and least correct, and maybe other categories to be decided as the season progresses, so keep playing. FJs will be posted so if you miss a day or two, you can still keep score by updating all at once instead of daily. Have fun, and good -- or bad! -- luck everyone. Here are the FJs for week one: 1. To set a record for longest solo journey by kayak, 2,010 miles, Helen Skelton traveled through this nation for a month. 2. Switching the syllables in the German word for building of a home gave this design & architecture school its name. 3. In 1789 this doctor proposed 6 articles on penal reform to the French Assembly, including one on capital punishment. 4. On Oct. 4, 1940, for the premiere of what’s been called his most famous movie role, Ronald Reagan was in this city. 5. POSTHUMOUSLY, AXEL PAULSEN WAS AMONG THE FIRST GROUP OF INDUCTEES INTO THE WORLD HALL OF FAME FOR THIS IN 1976. I will post each week of FJs so everyone can update their scores if they miss a day or two. My score is 2/5. Come on, everyone can beat that on both ends!
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    Yes, it's a freaking JOKE for pete's sake. It's his tongue-in-cheek response to the big story that James might be bankrupting Jeopardy. Someone even started a GoFundMe to keep Jeopardy from going broke. And WTH does "hamster" mean?
  25. Yes, it provided a laugh sorely needed this morning for me. The best part is, I didn't even notice Moby Dock so I was all "Huh?" at Opus' post. Then I went back and reread. So part of that laugh was on me. Plus now we know Moby Dock is the sequel. I need to put that on my Must Read list.
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