I have watched the television program Jeopardy! for the entirety of my years on the planet, as the show began the same year I was born and has been a sort of near-constant droning in the background in almost every phase of my life. Moreover, I tend to perform well during the episodes, as my well-rounded education in business and academia keeps me competitive in almost every category.
For many years people have encouraged me to go on the show, but I always found excuses to put off submitting a letter of interest. Yet I always joked that my real ambition in life is to get on the show and pocket as much cash as I could stuff in a couple of duffel bags.
I finally decided to fill out an online application, and tomorrow night I will join unknown hundreds - if not thousands - of online competitors in taking the Jeopardy! Adult Online Test tomorrow night. This is the first step in the weeding-out process of potential contestants, and it is my hope that I will move on to loftier Jeopardial heights, perhaps even joining such luminaries as Ken Jennings.
So I will clear my laptop's cache, boot all other users from my wireless signal, and make sure that I am properly caffeinated for my initial date with game show destiny. It is probably inevitable that I try to get on the show, given the fact that I have been prodded to try out since I was about 12, though I suspect my real purpose in applying now is that if I wait any longer, my memory might not keep pace with those sharp-minded 20-somethings.
Of course, I could always try out for Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? I trust that my still-sharp sensibilities could handle that program, though I suspect the stigma associated with failure on this show would be much more difficult to handle.