So, as I mentioned last week, Friday was Closing Day!
I needed to have my car inspected this month, so I decided to just take the whole day off on Friday and drop my car off in the morning. It was a gorgeous day, so I went to a nearby coffee shop and enjoyed a coffee and a muffin outside while reading a magazine. I still had some time to kill before the car was ready, so I walked around the neighborhood for a while and then went to the library to renew my library card. I picked up the car around 11:30 and headed home.
We had our final walkthrough at 1 p.m. and then the actual closing at 2 p.m. The seller actually had all of his paperwork done earlier, so it was just us, our agent, the listing agent, and the real estate attorney. We’d seen most of the documents earlier in the process, so we actually went through them all pretty quickly and we’re done by 2:30! The listing agent handed us the keys (as well as a large baggie of random keys that the seller’s brother – who had actually handled the transaction for him – had found around the house) and we were done!
You might think the first thing we’d do is go right back to our new house. Well, you’d be wrong. See, our friends had tickets to see a Jeopardy taping and doors opened at 4. Our closing had originally been scheduled for the morning, but after it was pushed back to the afternoon, we were pretty sure we weren’t going to be able to go to the taping. When we got out of the closing at 2:30, Adam asked me if he thought we could still make it. I quickly emailed my friends to make sure they still had the extra tickets, then we went home, dropped off the car, hopped on the metro, and met our friends over at DAR Constitution Hall.
We’d been under the impression that we were supposed to see a taping of the Power Players week. That’s how the tickets had apparently been advertised when my friend signed up to receive them. Based on the chatter going on around us, we were obviously not the only people there who thought that. So we were at first more than a little disappointed when we got inside and saw “Teen Tournament” on the big screens.
That disappointment did not last long, however. It turns out we had tickets to see the taping of the two-episode final round. I don’t want to give anything away about the tournament, but I do want to say that if you are a Jeopardy fan, you will want to make sure to tune in for at least these two final episodes, which should air on May 10-11. Without saying too much, there was a very exciting finish, and at the end of it all, we realized we were probably much more into it watching these three teens play for actual money that meant something to them, than we would have been watching power player celebrities playing for charity.
A very interesting – and if Alex Trebek is to be believed, very rare – thing happened during our taping. He accidentally read the question (and by that, I mean what the contestants are supposed to say) as part of the answer (that is, what is on the blue screen). (Wow, the Jeopardy format makes this difficult to explain.) Basically he gave away the correct response while reading his part to the players. It was very obvious what had happened and everyone with the show sort of scrambled to figure out what they were supposed to do. At first, Trebek was going to just read the next answer under the category, but then the producer (I’m assuming) stopped the taping and cut him off from doing so. It took the Jeopardy crew probably about 5 minutes to come up with a new answer – what made it even more difficult was that every answer in the category had a map as part of it. Trebek says that this has only happened about 5 times in all of the years he’s been hosting Jeopardy, and while that seems kind of unlikely (I mean, I’d think it’d be pretty easy to slip up like that when the response is right in front of you), the way everyone with the show acted definitely made it seem like this is a very unusual occurrence, because it wasn’t obvious what they were supposed to do in that situation.
We ended the day with dinner with our friends at a Latin American restaurant near our new(!) house(!)… of course, I made sure to have a celebratory margarita!