The Captain’s Quiz 2: Lost in the Quiz

Hey, there!

Last week, Paul from The Captain’s Speech posted another “The Captain’s Quiz” for his followers to answer. As I’d participate in his first one a couple of months ago, I’m keen on doing this one, too. Paul, this one’s for you! 🙂


1. What is the best hiding spot in your current place of residence?

My house has this cupboard right under the stairs where my family and I store a bunch of random items (e.g. toilet paper, instant ramen, Saran wrap…). But honestly, it’s deep enough to have someone live there as another bedroom, and it really channels the Harry Potter/living under the Dursley’s cupboard vibe!

2. The person walking in front of you drops $20 on the ground and doesn’t notice. What do you do?

Instinctively, I would pick it up and run after said person (“you dropped this”). Boring answer, but that’s abiding by my moral code. Another option would be to use the $20 bill to buy another $20 bill, if that makes any sense (or if it even works, haha)!

3. In elementary school, I read a book called, Lost in the Barrens. What is a book you read in school and what do you remember about it?

I’ve read plenty of books throughout my school days, many of which still stick with me today. One of them has got to be To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read in my first year of high school. I remember feeling so surprised that I actually really enjoyed the book, as I’d gone in thinking it would be boring and humorless. But little did I know that TKAM had a dry humor that catered to my preferred sense of humor, as well as being profound in its themes of racism, prejudice, and acceptance and tolerance that remain relevant today.

4. In Eminem’s song, “Lose Yourself”, he says: “There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.” Describe, in detail, your ideal pasta meal.

My ideal pasta dish would be cream or oil-based, as I’m not a huge fan of tomato sauce. Needs to have a deep, umami flavor, preferably with the incorporation of truffle and chili oil to the mix (yes, I’m bougie like that!). Pasta itself would be either long, thick noodles like pappardelle or short and compact like gemelli, all of which are extra starchy to soak up that delicious, hearty sauce. And of course, the pasta has to be cooked al dente! *chef’s kiss*

5. If you and a partner went on The Amazing Race, would you be the driver, or the navigator in the backseat with a map? Explain your choice.

I’m not very good with directions and I admit I’ve had a few close calls while driving (but I’m improving, I swear)! Ideally, I’d be neither, but if I had to choose, the lesser of two evils would have to be the navigator. Even if I were to make a mistake instructing the driver where to turn, it’s a lot more forgivable than potentially getting into an accident…plus, I’d be in the backseat!

6. In Home Alone 2, Kevin (a 10-year-old boy) ended up in New York by himself, while his entire family was in Florida. What is something you did when you were 10-years-old, that “kids these days” wouldn’t understand?

When I was 10 years old, I started my obsession with power-walking, in order to get faster at running the mile at school. I would train myself to powerwalk on the treadmill three times a week, all with my handy-dandy Walkman. I don’t suppose kids powerwalk on treadmills anymore (if they ever did when I was younger, honestly), and certainly not with a Walkman!

7. Is Tic-Tac-Toe a fair game?

Nope. I quickly discovered as a kid that there’s a particular way to “box in” your opponent, so that you could win virtually every time no matter where they start. That’s why I dislike the game so much!

8. Velma, from the Scooby-Doo series, is known for losing her glasses. If you were a character in a TV show, what would you be known for?

Well, I’m known for my very dry, very sarcastic sense of humor. Think Daria or April Ludgate from Parks and Rec. So you’d best bet that I’d be spitting some epic one-liners with a straight face!

9. What causes you to lose your temper?

Oh, many things…rudeness, incompetence, ignorance…but it’s more of the quantity than the quality which would cause me to blow up (i.e. I can handle a good amount of, say, rudeness before I want to kick the person in the face).

10. How many contacts in your phone have you not communicated with in the last three years?

Good question…I would say perhaps 70-75% of them. But it’s because I rarely call/text these days and would prefer just to message on social media apps.


1. Think about items you might find in a Lost & Found. Now, draw as many of those items as you can in 60 seconds. Share your picture.

2. Text someone, “I can’t find my phone.” What is their reply?


3. You are alone in a city you’ve never been to, and have $500 to spend. What city are you in? What places do you go to? What do you spend your money on?

I would be in Kyiv, Ukraine. Given that it’s an inexpensive place to visit, $500 USD can go a long way. I would definitely spend a portion of it on a three-star hotel in the city centre, as well as transportation to St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Independence Square, etc. and, most notably, on food! I think this could cover about five days comfortably, and I’d be thrilled about that!

Let me know how I did, Paul! 🙂

— The Finicky Cynic

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3 thoughts on “The Captain’s Quiz 2: Lost in the Quiz

  1. When you said you’d have the pasta cooked al dente, I let out a “Yes!!!”. Really enjoyed your answers, thanks for doing this! Results should be up on Wednesday, good luck!

  2. Pingback: The Captain’s Quiz 2: Lost in the Quiz (RESULTS) | The Captain's Speech

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