The Captain’s Quiz #7: Well, That’s New

Greetings, folks!

Just a couple of days ago, Paul from The Captain’s Speech put together another blog quiz, New Year-themed. Although we’re at the very end of January and the New Year isn’t as, well, new, there’s still the rest of the 2022 year to go– and hopefully it goes well!

Here is my contribution to The Captain’s Quiz. May the best blogger win! 🙂


1. In the first High School Musical movie, Troy and Gabriella sing a song called, “Start of Something New”. What are three things you would tell kids before they start high school?

  1. Bring your own lunch. Cafeteria food is appalling and you save money for college. However, only exception will be the overly-greasy, but delicious curly fries served every Wednesday. Thank me later.
  2. Work hard, but not too hard. If studying starts to take a toll on you, take a break to breathe. Do the best you can, but ultimately in the scheme of life, grades don’t predict your success in adulthood.
  3. Get a part-time job. Even if it’s low-paying in retail or food service, it exposes you to how the corporate world is, so it won’t be as much of a shock once you do enter the workforce after you finish school.

2. The first iPhone came out in 2007 and thousands of people lined up to get one. What is the longest you’ve ever stood in a line? What was it for? Was it worth the wait?

I recently stood in line for 2-1/2 hours for a PCR test, as I was experiencing COVID symptoms. Even though I’d booked a timed appointment prior, it didn’t really matter as the site had only one line for both appointments and walk-ins. 1000% not worth the wait!

3. On the game show, The Price is Right, they often give away a brand new car and most contestants jump up and down in excitement. If you won a new car on TV, how would you feel?

I actually wouldn’t feel that excited: while the car might be paid for, it probably doesn’t include maintenance cost and insurance, which would be out of my own pocket. I’d most likely ask to trade it in for cold, hard cash, haha. And then I’d invest it!

4. Four teams in the NFL have the word “New” in their name: New Orleans, New England, and New York (x2). What are three words that have “new” anywhere in the word.

Renewal, anew, and sinewy. I was trying to figure out other words that have the letters “n,” “e,” and “w” spaced out, but I couldn’t rack my head for them!

5. In what year did your favorite artist/band put out their latest album? How many songs are on that album and how many of them do you like?

Honestly, I haven’t kept up with my favorite artists’ albums for at least the past 2-5 years, as nowadays I just stream random songs from random artists on Spotify. So I’m going to fudge this question a bit and say that the most-current album I’ve listened to from Taylor Swift was 1989 (which came out in 2014, but that was the last full album I listened to from her, so let’s call it the “latest”), and I liked 6 out of the 13 tracks. “Welcome to New York” and “How You Get the Girl” are my jams to this day!

6. Many items (books, cars, video games, clothes, etc.) can be bought used, instead of new. Tell me about some used items you’ve purchased.

I tend to purchase used books: as long as they’re not utterly torn to pieces upon receiving them, it’s all good. Some of my favorite books have been used, including Gravity by Canadian author Leanne Lieberman, Almost French by Austro-French journalist Sarah Turnbull, and Rose by Indo-Chinese poet Li Young Lee.

7. What foods are just as good, if not better, as leftovers?

Probably a common answer, but pizza. Really, it’s true: leftover pizza is delicious! What makes it such a great leftover food is that you could choose to either reheat it or eat it frozen and both ways taste amazing. I’m especially partial to eating pizza cold, because 1) I’m lazy to wait for it reheat, and 2) refrigerating it actually brings out the bold flavors of the tomatoes, meats, onions, and whatever other toppings are on it– makes them more-pronounced!

In addition, fried rice and cold noodles (i.e. chow mein) are delicious as leftovers. For the same reason as pizza!

8. You need a new pair of shoes. Describe the process of finding the perfect pair.

  1. Enter
  2. Type in search engine “women’s running shoes.”
  3. Filter by shoe size, narrow/wide fits, heel/arch support, and color/style. Personally, I go a size higher than my actual (size 8 women), wide-fit, with a substantial arch support, and a neutral color (grey/blue).
  4. Determine price and whether it’s worth it (having raced competitively in school, I know that you can find decent pairs in the $39.95 to $69.95USD range. Not lower, not higher).
  5. Order express delivery and wait for them to arrive in a day or two!

9. Would you rather have a new friend, a new book, or a new TV show to watch? Explain your choice.

I’d say a new friend. I’m painfully shy and introverted, and while I do have a few close, ride-or-die friends, I still like establishing new connections with others. Friendships are a lot harder to acquire than a new book or new TV show, and it requires active work on both party’s end to make it work. And as you get older and people around you start to go, it’s all the more important to have these connections in order to remain happy in life.

10. The Newlywed Game is a game that married couples, as well as friends, play to see how well they know each other. The last person you texted/sent a message to, is your partner. How well would you do at this game?

I’m not in a relationship, so my “partner” will be my friend “M” of 20+ years. Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, we’re both Aries, and given our passionate, sometimes hot tempers, we’ll probably bicker and clash on certain points, but also overwhelmingly agree with our personalities and weaknesses. Talk about an old, married couple (but platonically so!).


1. You just got a new job and must introduce yourself by sending a group email to your new co-workers. Write your introductory email as if you’re typing it while riding a rollercoaster.

“Ohmygodohmygodohmygod. Uh, uh, hi! I’m [rebbit7], and uh, I’m glad to be here on…on this team! Verrry excited to get to know all of you soon. Well, um, um, oh dear [hyperventilates] I used to work at xyz company before I transferred here, and oh s*** s*** s***, AHHHHHHHHHH! OkaythanksforhavingmehereandI’llbebarfingmyheartoutnowgoodbye!”

(could you tell that I absolutely detest rollercoasters?) 😉

2. A new restaurant is opening in your town. You decide to go there for dinner a month after they open. Write a review of your experience. (All the details: name of restaurant, food, layout, etc., are up to you).

“Gollygosh Hot Dogs had been on my radar for a long time, ever since their ‘Coming Soon’ sign intrigued me last July. I always drive by Gollygosh on my way to work and given my current obsession with Korean corn hot dogs, I kept it bookmarked on Yelp for months. Once I saw the ‘Now Open’ sign, I was ready to march through those doors and give it a try.

Staff was beyond welcoming and friendly when I walked in last Saturday. The menu was long and expansive, and I had no idea what to order. Kimmy was super helpful and recommended me the squid ink mozzarella corn dog to try, so I ordered that to-go (still careful with the pandemic!). Corn dog was very affordable at $4 USD (compared to other locations at $6 USD and higher), and I was soon on my way.

First bite was unbelievably magical. The melted mozzarella broke free and stretched for two meters before snapping off, and I was in utter bliss. Absolutely gooey interior with a light-crispy outer shell of blackened squid ink batter. The squid ink taste was subtle, and slightly bitter, but it perfectly balanced out the creamy mozzarella and snappy hot dog inside. The taste was so addictive that by the time I realized how incredible it was, I had already finished it!

Big props to Kimmy for the excellent customer service and recommendation! Gollygosh Hot Dogs is a 20 out of 10 in my books! Definitely stop by for the affordable and delicious Korean corn hot dogs!”

3. You are the creator of a new social media platform. Tell me about it.

I introduce to you “Krafts,” a social media platform and app that welcomes all who are passionate about arts and crafts. From origami to crochet and everything in between, Krafts provides a creative and safe community to discuss origami folds and knitting patterns for everyone to learn and replicate in the comforts of their home. Krafts also offers discounted goods on craft paper and knitting/sewing materials so that you don’t break the bank! The app is free to download today! 🙂

…thanks again, Paul! Looking forward to the results! xx

— The Finicky Cynic

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8 thoughts on “The Captain’s Quiz #7: Well, That’s New

  1. Thanks for participating once again! I have marked your quiz and will give commentary here, as opposed to in the Results post.
    1. Good advice. I wish my high school had curly fries!
    2. Well worth the wait.
    3. My thoughts exactly. I’d reject the prize, especially if I didn’t like the car, and see if I could get it in cash instead.
    5. I hate to do this but, unfortunately, because 1989 was not Taylor Swift’s most recent album, I can’t give you full points for your answer. I’m sorry.
    7. I like cold pizza too. I’ll let it sit out for about 15-20 min. if I have time and then eat it. Fried rice and noodles are also a favourite of mine.
    8. I’ve never ordered shoes online!
    9. I’m with you, I’d rather have a new friend.
    B1. Very good response, exactly what I was looking for. Probably needed a few more spelling mistakes and cliche lines, but this was a strong answer.
    B2. Excellent review! Really sold me on the mozzarella description.
    B3. I like this idea! There would be a big market for it.

    Thanks again and good luck!

    1. rebbit7

      Thank you for the detailed commentary! In some way, this is like constructive criticism: it’s definitely a way to help me climb to the top on the next The Captain’s Quiz! Thanks, Paul!

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  3. Congratulations on winning!!!
    I wish my school had curly fries as well!
    Oo and Taylor’s 1989 was a great album! ‘Welcome to New York’ is such such a good song!
    Have you heard play the song live on the piano? It’s beautiful!!!

    I wish I had typed that AHhhh in my answer as well! Good addition!!! And Krafts is a great idea! Art materials are always so expensive!

    1. rebbit7

      Haha, thank you for the kind comments! I didn’t win, but I appreciate your support. Now I’ll need to search up “Welcome to New York” piano version, thanks! 😉

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