Those of you who do not share my interest in playing on-line trivia, you can skip this post
Players of the Buzztime (ex NTN) bar trivia game have noticed a recurring presence of "Grand Slam" in the top bar score list. Grand Slam is the lobby bar of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C... On 3 June, 2008 I visited the bar for the Tuesday Showdown game to see what the place was like. When I asked if I could join in, the five players present all extended a hearty welcome. Bill was the ring leader that night and introduced me to the other players, all the while apologizing that they were short handed tonight. Two players were sports experts who had been on the team representing the District at the Las Vegas sports trivia finals. Another player had two PHDs and was the religion and law expert. Another player was recognized as the science, physics and space expert. The fifth regular was a "generalist" who filled in on the mythology and popular culture areas. A couple, who were not present, had expertise in the Theater and the Classics. Bill observed that their absence normally resulted in lower bar scores, so he was not optimistic at the start of the night. Besides myself there was another visitor, (Rick from Boston) who was apparently a frequent presence whenever he is in town.
Well they are an eclectic multi-talented bunch and their play was not quiet. The verbal banter verged on the rough and tumble at times but nobody appeared to get out of sorts. They have a small section behind the DJ booth that is will equipped with four or five HD flat panels. If the section was filled the section could hold 15-20 bodies. Apparently they have same cocktail waitress every Tuesday so she was aware of everybody's foibles.
In spite of Bill's concerns about being short handed and his crying about the low scores we were posting Grand Slam came in second overall, with all six counters scoring more than 60,000 points. My score of 57,019 was one of my higher ones but I still finished on the page of shame (11th).
This team does something that I've not seen before. They wager on where they will finish in the final standings. The negotiations were the entertainment while waiting for the final question and the final standings to be displayed. Bill hit the score with his pick of number 2. He told me as we were on our way out that they hit the exact number "pretty often".
I'd go back for the fun even if the cost of a beer is $6.00. For us non-alcoholic drinkers they do carry Kaliber so you don't have to choke down O'Douls.