Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Curse Is Reversed 

Had a lovely day at the beach today, and since The Girl headed off with a friend to a concert (I got first pick, but didn't really feel like going), I stayed surfside for several hours after everyone else went home, just so Harry Potter and I could have some alone time.

It's so worth it.

But onto other news. As if it weren't enough that Boston's beloved and much maligned over the years Red Sox finally beat history and became the World Champions last year, today another beloved but at times maligned Massachusetts figure showed what can happen if you just hang in there and keep on slugging. Comedian and geek Paula Poundstone (we saw her last year at a local theater - she's fabulous), who returns week after week to take part in NPR's weekly news gameshow Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, providing listeners with an hour of smart and funny weekend entertainment and who week after week goes home without the glory, today finally got the gold medal. The lightning round was the deciding factor, and she pulled an astounding seven correct answers out of her hat in order to ride the buzzer to glory.

It was a moment destined to inspire smart, funny, geeks everywhere. I was in the car on my way home from the ocean, and I had tears in my eyes. Really, I did. I'm not kidding.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:13 PM