Wednesday, April 26, 2006

we don't communicate anymore, vanna

i make it a point to turn my phone to silent when i'm at work, mostly because there just aren't long enough breaks to eat all my dinner in one sitting, let alone converse with someone unrelated to the task at hand. but i also do it because i know it would only ring when i'm at the printer or the bathroom and i just don't have a forcefield strong enough to deflect the kind of collective deathray gaze that would incite. yet i don't turn it off, because i can usually peek at text messages and reply via e-mail. plus, you never know when something important will come up.

tonight i was skimming reports when from my jacket pocket i heard the increasingly loud beginning of 'with you,' the only ringtone my phone offers that makes me smile, even from the depths of REM sleep. it was my college roommate, pp, who i rarely chat with because she gets up at the bootycrack of dawn and is asleep before i even clock out on most nights. i think i disappointed her; you know the feeling, when you've got this clever message all composed in your head and the person has to go and mess it up by answering the phone? yeah.

it seems pp and her boyfriend, k, were hanging out, watching Wheel! of! Fortune! and the puzzle was 'same name.' they had a question about the connection between the two things:
ROLLERCOASTER & PAUL REVERE'S RIDE
naturally, whenever anyone needs random information, the only solution is to call cadiz. the fact that people think of me in times of crisis is what keeps me going, and i'm not even kidding. sadly, though i'm a seasoned 'WheelWatcher,' i've been out of the loop for quite some time. (to be honest, i enjoyed it best during the days when contestants chose prizes from the rotating stage. damn, i wanted that porcelain dalmation so badly back then.)

pp and k had perfect timing. i had been waiting on a report and it was a welcome distraction. i knew there was something about Paul Revere's midnight ride of '75 to warn that the British were coming, but i couldn't come up with a rollercoaster name that had anything to do with it. (and despite my love for Gforces, i'm out of the rollercoaster loop, too). is there one called Midnight Warning? Revere's Romp? The British Are Coming Curve? what the hell could it be? k was especially disappointed that i didn't know; he was the one who suggested they call me, because 'that's exactly the type of thing that only cadiz would know.'

so of course, that put me on a mission. after searching around on google, all i could come up was this, but i hardly think the height requirements necessary to enjoy 'Paul Revere's Midnight Ride' at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana qualifies as enough fodder for a nationally syndicated game show. but after searching awhile, i began to wonder if i was overthinking it just a little. after all, the beauty of 'Wheel' is that it's so obvious it's tricky, right?

regardless, as i was finishing my shift, all i could think about was how nice it'd be to spend an evening lounging around on the couch in my pajamas, yelling, 'c'mon! how about a freakin C, dumbass!' with my roommates again.

14 comments:

jinius said...

shoot! now im racking my brain trying to figure this out. too bad i hate rollercoasters.

Lia said...

Me, too. I'm now going to have to search Google till I find something else to distract me!

omar said...

So were they asking you, or testing you? Doesn't Pat usually say the answer if the contestant doesn't get it?

Jon said...

I am now consumed by this...

Katie said...

What was the answer? You can't leave off like that, not telling us and all. That's just cruel.

cadiz12 said...

i think what happened was that they missed the answer for whatever reason (my guess would be channel-changing). is 'same name' something with an answer? i don't know the rules for these newfangled aspects of Wheel.

anyone know?

jazz said...

dude! it's totally same name.

"rollercoaster ride" "paul revere's ride"

just like a solution of: pumpkin and a piece of pie.

where pie is the common word in two common phrases.

i heart the wheel!

Syar said...

thankfully, we don't get wheel of fortune here. so I don't have to be obsessed with this (as opposed to not having a choice) although I would love to know the answer. I dabble in random trivia too, and I hate when you just can't put your finger on something.

malaysia has its own localized version of this, roda impian (row-dah, eem-pee-yan) which translates to dream wheel. helps be brush up on my much neglected native tongue. and the dumbasses here never pick the C.

Guyana-Gyal said...

So what's the answer?!?

cadiz12 said...

i'm really thinking jaz is right and there is no 'answer.' so i've decided that's it and i can now sleep at night.

justanothersarah said...

There is no answer, Jazz is right, of course!

The category of the puzzle is "Same Name."

The puzzle that's solved is "Rollercoaster and Paul Revere's Ride."

Demosthenes said...

Chuck Norris once went on Wheel of Fortune, and was chosen as the first to spin. The entirety of the episode and three-forths of the next were then spent as the other contestants waited for the wheel to stop.

Yeah, yeah, heard it before, I know. But it was relevant.

Ale said...

thats weird, i'd never want to live w/ roomates again as much as i had fun, it will never be that way again... just a fantasy cant relive it... cant reheat yesterday's soup and have it taste the same...

cadiz12 said...

that's definitely true, ale, but i know for a fact that pp and i still love to chill in front of the tv together. a couple weeks ago i went over there for a lovely meal, after which we had a great time watching 'E! True Hollywood Story' about the Desperate Housewives and more than of 'Blast from the Past.' we could have been all sophisticated by drinking the wine i had brought, but were happier with oreos and milk. just like old times. except that i had to go home.