"A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

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"A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by dhkendall » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:37 pm

‘Twas the day of my taping, and through the green room
All the creatures were stirring, cameras would roll soon!
The players were chosen by Maggie with care
It was me and another who’d go and play there!
The others were settled with waiting instead
While visions of victory danced in their heads
So Kate in her pantsuit and I in my vest
Were facing the champ, whose brain was the best?
When out on the set, it sounded like a party
It was just Johnny Gilbert saying “This is Jeopardy!”
This was it! ‘Twas the start of my moment of fame
Remember to smile when he says your name!
The set looked so big, yet so tiny as well
Just how will I do? Wait – for time, it will tell
Then what to my wondering eyes should arise
But a giant game board with six categories
And here comes the host, so wise and in check
I knew in a moment it must be Trebek
He welcomed us all and then started the game
And he whistled as he called out the subjects by name:
“ABE LINCOLN, GREEK CITIES, THE BIBLE, and then
WILL SHAKESPEARE, IN VENICE, and CROSSWORD CLUES “N”!
Those are the subjects, hey they could be worse!
You start us off champ, yes, you select first!”
The game had begun, and the champ, he was smart
He was out in the lead, an awesome head start
But then, our champ, he had got into trouble
It was I who had hit the first Daily Double!
“How much are you risking?” the host then did prod
“I’ve wanted to say this: ‘I’ll blow the whole wad!’”
The clue was a doozy, but using my head
I’d answered correctly, now I’m out ahead!
It was now time for ads, and a break was allowed
While Alex cracked jokes and talked with the crowd
But soon we were back, he was talking to us
Kate spoke of her travels, and how they got lost
I spoke of my hobbies, what’s keeping me sane
While the champ mentioned that he came out here by train
The rest of the round, it was naught but a flurry
I was slightly behind, had to catch up in a hurry!
Another break followed, to gather my wits
I hope that the next round will not be the pits
The cameras start rolling, the board was revealed
The subjects were good! In my knowledge field!
I got back ahead, my score it did fly
My buzzer speed quickened, my thumb was quite spry
The champ, in the meantime, had entered depression
He forgot to respond in the form of a question!
The end of round buzzer says the game’s nearly done
Just Final is left, it was a tough one
It’s not just the question that I have to know
But also the wager, how much should I blow?
I risked just enough that I thought was allowed
With a wager that would make even Bob Shore proud!
The last clue revealed, a real instaget!
I hope no one else knows the answer just yet!
And when all the answers and scores were all done
I couldn’t believe it, I’d actually won!
And I heard Alex say, as the credits did roll
Happy Christmas to all, and may you get The Call!
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by dhkendall » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:39 pm

This was an annual holiday offering from me on the old board that I first posted on Christmas Eve, 2009. I was afraid that it was gone forever and I couldn't remember the wording, but some looking around on archive.org finally gave me the text. Instead of waiting until Christmas Eve to bump/post it, I figured I'd post now, as an early holiday present to my boardie friends (and who knows if I'll find it again in a week's time?)

I hope you enjoy, and I hope that Santa leaves The Call under your tree sometime this year.
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by MarkBarrett » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:47 pm

dhkendall wrote: The champ, in the meantime, had entered depression
He forgot to respond in the form of a question!
The champ he was Siegel
and just like an eagle
popped a poster named mbclev
saying get over it he would nev

*****
Thanks for sharing. It's well done and entertaining.

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by dhkendall » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:05 am

Annual holiday bump. Best wishes to all for a happy 2013, and may those still to get The Call know that joy this year.

(And, yes, when I saw the categories in the Jeopardy! round on December 7, I remembered this poem.)
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by bpmod » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:15 am

Masterpiece!

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by ElendilPickle » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:55 pm

That was a lot of fun! Thanks for posting it.

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Post by dhkendall » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:59 pm

Another bump for the holidays.

Thank you to everyone who made this board so amazing this year. And, again, may Santa Claus leave The Call under your tree this year for those who have not received it yet.
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by dhkendall » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:21 am

Annual holiday bump.

I have been so honoured to be a part of the Jeopardy! community this year, and all the best for 2015. And, for my fellow ATBs, may Santa leave The Call under your tree this year.

(And, yes, if I had composed this poem more recently, I would have substituted Keith Williams' name for Bob Shore's near the end (it scans better too), but such is life.)
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by ihavejeoprosy » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:53 am

dhkendall wrote:Annual holiday bump.

I have been so honoured to be a part of the Jeopardy! community this year, and all the best for 2015. And, for my fellow ATBs, may Santa leave The Call under your tree this year.

(And, yes, if I had composed this poem more recently, I would have substituted Keith Williams' name for Bob Shore's near the end (it scans better too), but such is life.)
This is beautiful. What a great message for the holidays.

Merry whatever your celebrate, everyone.
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by dhkendall » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:39 am

Annual Christmas Eve bump

Thanks everyone for making this such an awesome place and to those who have yet to get The Call my wish is that you experience this joy in 2016.
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by patkav » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:43 am

<clap, clap, clap>

Well done, sir.

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by hbomb1947 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:26 am

dhkendall wrote:Annual Christmas Eve bump

Thanks everyone for making this such an awesome place and to those who have yet to get The Call my wish is that you experience this joy in 2016.
Back at you, DHK! (again, with the proviso that we don't end up in the Green Room on the same date. One January 26th is enough. :) )

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by flemmingfan » Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:17 am

Wow, I am impressed! Very clever. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by opusthepenguin » Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:26 am

Four years later and still just a dream. Sigh. May 2016 be the year you actually see that jolly canuck. And not just because you gave up and went to a taping.

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by bpmod » Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:53 am

opusthepenguin wrote:Four years later and still just a dream. Sigh. May 2016 be the year you actually see that jolly canuck. And not just because you gave up and went to a taping.
May? I won't be bold enough to be that specific. Any month will do.

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by TreeOfHeaven » Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:17 am

All smiles after reading this.
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by dhkendall » Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:18 am

Annual holiday bump.

Best of the season to all boardies, who have indulged my fandom of this excellent show; as well to those at Jeopardy! Productions who make it all possible.
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Post by RandyG » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:36 pm

dhkendall wrote:Annual holiday bump.

Best of the season to all boardies, who have indulged my fandom of this excellent show; as well to those at Jeopardy! Productions who make it all possible.
OK, but don't let this happen again.

Happy holidays to all!
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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by Blue Lion » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:50 pm

Very, very clever. Thanks for posting this!

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.

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Re: "A Visit to Culver City": A holiday poem

Post by BigDaddyMatty » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:31 pm

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to my J! family. May 2017 be the year of The Call for David, H-Bomb and any others who are waiting with bated breath.
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