Pandemic Journal, Day 640

I enjoy playing online trivia in Learned League. Season 91 ended last night, and I got the final results this morning. I already knew I was going to be relegated to B Rundle for next season, but I was still disappointed to learn that I’d finished in the cellar, with 5 wins, 5 ties, and 15 losses.

Some of that was due to luck – my opponents had 119 correct answers (out of 150), the most I’d ever encountered. But a lot of it was due to unforced errors on my part – times when I knew the correct answer to a question that would have given me a win or a tie and managed to blow it, like this one:

The October 1986 summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, which defied expectations by nearly ending the Cold War arms race and bringing about nuclear disarmament, took place in what European capital city?

The answer, of course, is Reykjavik – and I’d been there just a few months ago and seen quite a few references to that summit meeting.

Wait till next year!