Ballard, Washington. The most Scandinavian place in the United States, outside of Minnesota.
I love that neighborhood of Seattle. Two of my favorite places in town are there: the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Archie McPhee novelty store, home of the Electronic Yodeling Pickle.
Today I read about a pub on Market Street in Ballard called The Old Pequilar. Once a week they hold a Quiz Night there and the place fills up with trivia teams who compete in 8 rounds of 10 questions each on topics from geography to movies to whatever. Apparently there is a nice haul for the winning team each week.
Three things I learned in the newspaper article about Quiz Night:
1) "Skepticisms" is the longest word that alternate hands when typing.
2) Slugs have four noses.
3) And one in every four Americans has appeared on television.
That's the one that got me to thinking. One in four? Wow! I mean, there have been 80,000 contestant so far just on American Idol, but still...
I was on TV once while living in San Francisco back in the eighties when CNN interviewed me on the street about the World Series in which the Giants were appearing.
Donna just appeared last year as a guest on the Tyra Banks program. I think it was "I Regret My Choice In Spouses" Week.
So we're two-for-two in this house. How about you? If this post gets 20 comments, five of you will have appeared on television. Let's see.