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I Attended A "The Office" Trivia Night and Completely Failed

"You need to play to win. But you also have to win to play" (Season 2, Episode 4)

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Last Monday, I went to my first ever trivia night, and it did not go as expected. A few weeks prior, my sister sent me information for a "The Office" themed trivia night and I was pumped. I immediately shared the link with my best friend, the one who introduced me to "The Office", and told her there was no option, we were going and we were going to crush it.

To prepare, we watched episodes of the show and thought of potential questions we could be asked. I thought I was ready. I honestly thought we had a shot. But only that fateful Monday night would tell.

We wanted to secure our seats, so we showed up to the restaurant an hour early, little did we known, we would be sitting in that restaurant for four hours. Upon arriving, we asked where the trivia would take place and we were told to pick any table in the bar. I noticed the bar area was on the smaller side and was thankful that we had seats, guaranteeing that we would play. As we ate our meal, we watched as the bar slowly filled up and people were rearranging tables to fit their team's needs.

Finally, it turned 7:00 -- that's when the game was supposed to start -- but I watched as the clock read 7:05, 7:10, 7:15. Eventually, the hosts of the game began to pass out the rules and game cards. My friend and I couldn't help but notice that the host was not just passing out these game pieces to the bar area, but the entire restaurant. And by entire, I even mean people who were sitting in the waiting area. The place was packed.

And then, it was trivia time. I knew we had it in the bag. First question: What is the nickname for the city of Scranton? Okay, wow, hardball there. But we knew it, or I should say my friend knew it. Then more questions, of course. What was on Michael's card in the game during Diversity Day? How much did Jim pay to impersonate Dwight? But, the questions became more obscure and specific than we could have ever imagined. What is the name of Erin and Kelly's singing group? What is the highest ranked episode? What ingredient does Kevin purposefully undercook in his chili recipe? And of course, what state is Nashua in? This is not what I expected and sadly, I didn't know the answer to a single one of them.

Now, after each question was asked and answered, the host had to collect the cards from each team. Let me remind you, the restaurant was packed. There were fifty seven teams. That's right, five seven. And the hosts had to go through each answer to track the points of every team. It took about twenty minutes per question. Thankfully, the restaurant was sports themed and I had the Stanley Cup series to watch and a recorded hockey game from the 1980's.

Unfortunately, after wagering all 80/200 points, we ended the night with zero points, but we didn't care. I had such an amazing time catching up with my friend and playing a game about a show I love. I guess this means I just have to go back and watch every episode again, before Netflix takes it away, and just be even more prepared for the next time.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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