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  • Have you ever watched the television game show “Family Feud” and seen families excitedly yelling survey answers? That’s my family. Well, it’s what my family aspires to, anyway.
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  • Have you ever watched the television game show “Family Feud” and seen families excitedly yelling survey answers? That’s my family. Well, it’s what my family aspires to, anyway.
    Trivia is a staple at our family gatherings and, sometimes, we take the madness beyond holiday get-togethers.
    Two years ago, or should I say, seasons ago, five of us, including an aunt, uncle and grandmother, trekked to a “Family Feud” audition in Fort Worth. In preparation, we had rehearsed. A lot. When it was our time to take the stage, however, the opposing team was faster in their responses, and our dreams of gaming grandeur fizzled.
    That is, most everyone’s dreams. My dad, the family member most enthusiastic for the theatrics of it all, continued his game show quest. He actually came very close to being a “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” contestant. After a weeklong series of quiz auditions, he made it to the final pool, but lost out due to a random drawing.
    His will still hasn’t wavered, as it’s all for fun… cheesy, intense fun. Our home-hosted game shows mirror the corniness seen on television. We have trivia board games, trivia electronic console games, trivia everything – all accompanied with snacks and laughter.
    When we aren’t playing a game, we’re still playing a game. So many interactions within my family begin with “I bet you I can...” or “Watch this.” Friendly competitiveness is always in the air. My first memory of this spirited nature dates back to my early childhood, when we would race to see who could put on their seatbelt the fastest.
    A seatbelt race victory didn’t result in a new car or a trip to Hawaii, but it made the medial task of buckling half-amusing.
    Television game shows aren’t off the table. Our next gaming endeavor is “The Price is Right.” My sister recently became old enough to audition, so the adventure will truly be a family affair. I’ll let you know if we make it to the audience. I’ll be the one in a “Finally” T-shirt.

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