I really wanted to write an article this week that wasn’t about coronavirus, quarantine, or self-isolation. But that’s the reality right now, all of my activities and ”routine” are a result of the stay-at-home order. I’ve been quarantining with my father and I’ve noticed that we have different habits every week day evening. While he tunes in the 6 o’clock news to get an update on what’s going on in the world (shocker- it’s not good!), I excitedly await 7:30 p.m. to see my man Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!
Don’t get me wrong, I know that the news is important. But at this time, I think it just makes me more crazy. The news is not usually very optimistic because there’s always something wrong in the world, but it is especially depressing nowadays. It’s not the newscasters’ fault but there’s not much “news” happening, it’s basically the same stories over and over again just told in a different way. That’s why I have found solace in the trivia quiz-show hosted by Trebek.
Jeopardy! is something fun in which to look forward. The contestants are always changing and the questions are never the same. It challenges me intellectually and boosts my confidence when I get questions correct. I also start to form personal connections with the contestants, a symptom of stir-craziness I think! My poor father, he’ll be cooking dinner and hear me shouting at the television.
Throughout this craziness, Jeopardy! is one thing that comes on at the same time every night that has allowed me to have some sort of a routine. I look forward to watching it and I am genuinely bummed when I miss it. So you can have your Nightly News with Lester Holt, but I’ll stick with Jeopardy!
In conclusion: Alex Trebek, I love you.