The nation’s attention is divided into about three different directions. First, of course, is the presidential election. My brother-in-law Paul told me when I visited him in Seattle last week that he checks Nate Silver’s 538 blog every day to see how Silver interprets the latest swing state polls, and what percentage chance President Obama has to keep his current job (it’s currently at about 75%). Paul, who is not much of an Obama fan, even though he fears the alternative, is relatively optimistic, while his wife Andree, a devoted Microsoft employee and fan, worries every day about the outcome. She knew Obama a bit when they were both in Harvard Law School together.
The other two directions, of course, are the San Francisco Giants, and Hurricane Sandy. Expect questions on both at tonight’s de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz. Tonight’s Pub Quiz will also feature questions about waves, video games, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hills, minor celebrities and their pets, words that start with the letter Q (the letter of the day), clowns, poetry, taxes, beach boys, People.com, people named Jim, bodies of water, slim people, the World Series, the silence of the lambs, seismology, three-letter words, war heroes, jail sentences and other punishments, religious adherents, heavy Manillas (the “bracelet” currency of West Africa), Booms, popular shows, horror films (Halloween coming up), wars, food and drink, and all of Shakespeare (that is, not only Hamlet).
No debates or baseball games should keep you on the couch tonight, unless it’s the couch in the library of de Vere’s Irish Pub. See you this evening?
Here are five questions from last week’s quiz:
1. Mottos and Slogans. Starting in 1912, what company or product used the commercial slogan “When it rains it pours”?
2. Davis Culture. The storefront at the current home of the Halloween Store at 212 F Street was previously occupied by three businesses that all sold the same product. Name it.
3. Newspaper Headlines. On Saturday, Ohio's largest newspaper, the Plain Dealer, endorsed the Democratic incumbent for President, as it did for then-Senator Obama in 2008. What Ohio city is home to the Plain Dealer?
4. Four for Four. Which of the following horror films, if any, were released in the 1930s? The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man.
5. Presidential Politics. According to Nate Silver of the New York Times, what are the chances this election cycle that President Obama will fail to carry one of the states that he carried in 2008? Is it 50%, 75%, 85%, or 99.5 %?
P.S. Sandra Gilbert, one of the most important feminist literary critics writing today, will be reading from some of her dozen or more books of poetry this coming Thursday night at 8 at the John Natsoulas Gallery, with the after-party taking place at de Vere’s Irish Pub at 10. Please see details at http://www.poetryindavis.com.