One of my friends in the blogging community, Paul, has been creating quizzes for bloggers over the last few months. I am unfortunately super late to the game as this is the third blogger quiz (I found it because my blogging buddy Bill did it earlier this week!). Of course, I found out about it this morning and it ends tomorrow, so I had to write this in record time today! This third quiz of Paul’s is called “the escape quiz,” so considering my affinity for escape rooms, doing this one was an absolute MUST.
Unlike most quizzes, this one does not require any previous knowledge — no, it’s not a trivia quiz. It is a compilation of hypotheticals that make you think. Even better, those of us participating don’t even know how it’s going to be scored! We just answer the questions and see what happens.
With the depressive episode that I’ve been experiencing, it’s been hard to write and find creativity in the world around me, so I wanted to thank Paul for these really fun and imaginative questions! These really got me out of my head and thinking since they’re so different from what I usually write. It was an excellent exercise to get me writing again and get those creative juices flowing! So thank you, Paul, and onto my answers!
- Question: You and a stranger are stuck in an elevator for three hours. After how many minutes would you tell them your name?
Answer: I would’ve already told them my name before we got stuck. I’m a pretty big extrovert who ends up making conversations or jokes with anyone. I probably would’ve made some sort of silly joke upon walking into the elevator, they would’ve thought it was hilarious (because I AM hilarious), then we would’ve become instant besties. We would’ve exchanged names, I would’ve given them my blog URL, and we would be deep into talking about childhood traumas before we got out. So let’s call it -2 minutes in, since it would’ve been that many minutes before we got stuck.
- Question: You’re the first person to enter the movie theatre. Which seat do you choose and why?
Answer: My immediate instinct is to say that I wouldn’t be at a movie theater, so my couch would be the seat that I choose, especially if the theater does not have those comfy recliners. For the sake of the quiz, though…
I would definitely be on an aisle seat for a quick escape at the end (or in the middle if I had to pee…which I invariably would have to do). If it were a popular movie, I would choose an aisle seat on either side towards the back. If it were a less popular movie, or one that had been out for a while, I would choose an aisle seat in the middle section of seats towards the back. If it were an IMAX movie, that totally throws a wrench into things, because for that, I would sit at the very edge of the movie theater (probably front) so that I could look away at the wall if I started to get motion sickness from the movie.
- Question: If you were to navigate a giant maze with one celebrity, who would it be and why do you think you’d work well together?
Answer: Josh Gad. Dan is my usual escape room partner and he’s a good balance for me because he provides the muscle and also has a more silly energy compared to me. I think Josh Gad would be a great celebrity to partner with in his stead. Plus, he could entertain me by singing or repeating all of his lines from the Frozen franchise.
- Question: Eggs can be cooked in many different ways. Pick one and build a meal around it. What is included in that meal?
Answer: I love to scramble eggs with any vegetables, potatoes, and cheese I have in the house. Once it’s done, I DOUSE it in Buffalo sauce (because I need Buffalo sauce everywhere, obviously) and will sometimes also make toast! This is inspired by the hot skillets you can get at the diner in my college town. Tiny place, no reservations, classic diner decor. They make these amazing skillets where you can get any breakfast meat, any veggie, any cheese, and potatoes on a hot skillet. It may make you full to bursting, but it is a Carlisle, PA delicacy.
- Question: Select the task you’d be able to complete the fastest and explain why:
A) Blow up (with your mouth) and tie 3 balloons or B) Pop 150 balloons with a thumbtack
Answer: Blow up and tie 3 balloons, easily. I think after each pop, I would need time to recover from the overwhelm felt from each balloon popping noise. If given the choice and an unlimited amount of time, I wouldn’t be able to pop them one right after the other. Blowing up the balloons I could do right in a row (the trick is to not be attached to being conscious, and I don’t get the best sleep, so if 3 balloons take me out, so be it!).
- Question: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a talk show hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. Using the same format for the title (Ex. Poodles on Patios Getting Crumbs), what would be the name of your talk show?
Answer: People at Parties getting to hear about my Past Traumas.
I am all about getting real. I’ve never been a fan of small talk and would much prefer talking to people about their beliefs and experiences. That being said, at parties, even those where I don’t know anyone, my past traumas somehow always come up. Like we’ll be talking about how rainy it’s been recently and suddenly I’m saying, “Yeah, it was raining the day that my dad missed my first grade graduation, too,” and then we’re talking about all of my issues. I’m just so used to talking about the deeper stuff, that I can’t even keep it together at parties. My show would be about me attending parties and jumping right into talking about my issues that would better be discussed with a therapist with unsuspecting party goers.
- Question: Arthur is an animated educational television series for children. What are 5 television shows you watched as a child?
Answer: Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly Oddparents, Hey Arnold!, Doug, and Rugrats. My town does not get the Disney channel on cable, so we didn’t have access to those shows until we got a Comcast box when I was a teenager. I tried to watch the Disney channel with the picture and sound all fuzzy, but it just wasn’t the same! On the bright side, this probably helped to spark my undying love of Spongebob.
- Question: Pillows provide support and help keep our upper body aligned during sleep. What is the strangest place you’ve ever fallen asleep? Tell the story, if there is one.
Answer: So up until a few years ago, I fell asleep pretty much anywhere I was past the hour of 9 pm. Friends’ dormitory floors, at restaurants, it didn’t matter where I was, I just turned into a pumpkin by 9pm. The strangest place I fell asleep would definitely have to be a Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas concert. We brought my friend Becky to one of these concerts and she was a bit disturbed to look over and see me snoring while the speakers were blaring, singers were screeching, and there’s a laser light show going on. My mom, unfazed, just told Becky, “oh she’ll wake up eventually, she always does.” Then went back to watching the rock concert that had lulled me to sleep.
- Question: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is a song by the band, Tears for Fears. If you could be in charge of anything, what would it be?
Answer: The song that pops into my head when I read this question is actually “Real World” by Matchbox Twenty (probably because I just heard it yesterday). “I wonder what I’d do if I was the head honcho…I wonder what I’d do if they all did just what I said? I’d shout out an order “I think we’re out of this, man. Get me some. And boy don’t make me want to change my…tone.” (Wait, why the hell is Rob Thomas walking through a bowling alley with a camel?!?!)
I think I would definitely be in charge (or the head honcho) of “Inappropriate Sentimentality.” And no, I don’t mean inappropriate like rated “R,” pervs. I am a sentimental person. Period. I get attached to things and allow my memories to carry me into a nostalgic state all too frequently. This means that my sentimentality can come out over the smallest, most inappropriate things and can even make me a bit misty-eyed. I get emotional over the strangest things like getting a root canal and my job getting a new office building.
- Question: Your closet is a portal to a new “location” (think: wardrobe to Narnia), where does it lead to? What do you see?
Answer: The Lotus, the Barista, and the Silence. Okay, so that title wasn’t quite perfect, but it’s what we’re going with! Lately, I’ve been looking to have a peaceful, quiet space to feel calm and practice meditation or yoga. When I walk through my “closet” door, I step into the perfect space to quiet the mind, practice yoga, and enjoy a delicious latte. The space turns into whatever I need in the moment — a beautiful waterfall, a lightning storm, a sun-kissed garden. My happy place is The Hotel Hershey, and I could just imagine walking through the closet door and seeing the beautiful fountain that sits right outside the lounge before I roll out my mat and feel that peaceful calm wash over me.
Bonus Question: Please enter the correct 6-digit passcode to successfully escape this quiz.
And that’s it! Thank you again, Paul! I’m so glad that I know about these blogger quizzes now and I can’t wait until the next one. Wish me luck, everybody 😉