Last weekend my husband and I had a date. It was quite possibly the nerdiest date in history. Or maybe just in our own personal history.
Let’s start with the fact that this portion of the date began a few months ago when I heard an ad for ticket sales on National Public Radio.
So, there’s that.
Words. Wit. Whimsy.
We’ve been listening to “Says You” since the dark ages of our marriage. It originally taped in Boston year-round, and it was the show that followed A Prairie Home Companion on our NPR station when we lived outside of Boston.
Longtime readers will remember me lamenting the loss of Says You a few years ago. But since then, Charlotte’s WFAE started airing the show on Saturday afternoons, which everyone knows are my favorite times to listen to NPR.
So there we were Saturday night, seeing the panel LIVE! And IN PERSON!
My favorite quiz within the game is a segment called “Definitions and Derivations,” where the panelists have to define an idiom and theorize on the origins of it. You may know what “beating around the bush” means, but do you know from whence the phrase comes?
(Please note my use of “from whence” in this nerdy, wordy post. Go me.)
We sat amongst the NPR faithful, including Guy Who Hadn’t Showered in a While, Man in Black Turtleneck With Navy Sportsjacket, and Woman With Shock of White Hair With Hemp Accessories and Organic Fabric Scarf.
The musical segments were provided by The Farewell Drifters, who were GREAT. We’re considering going to see them at the Evening Muse next week. They played “The Only Living Boy in New York,” amongst other, original songs. The fact that they did justice to a Simon and Garfunkel piece placed me firmly in their corner.
The producers taped two shows, which will air sometime at the end of January or beginning of February. Maybe if you listen, you’ll hear us clap! That is, if you can stand the wordy nerdiness.