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Chilkoot Charlie's
2435 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
Thursdays: 7:30 PM
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2:06 AM, September 12, 2014
Scores
Fetus Deletus 74

2 Dudes On Ludes 69

1st Place Weiner Eater 65

Roger Goodell Fined Us $10,000 For Using This Team Name 65

Palpa-Team 54

Rectum Spectrum 51

Putin On The Ritz 49

Nate Dogg Rulezzz 48

Team Rainbow Dragon 39

Quizmaster Nate Dogg


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Quizmaster Nate Dogg - Anchorage, AK - Every Thursday night 7:30 Post-Meridian @ The World Famous Chilkoot Charlie's on Spenard!
Nathan Hall (Quizmaster Nate Dogg)

Nate Dogg = Accelerated reader. A.K.A. Wedding DJ Space Boy. Card-carrying Agnostic. Coffee monkey. Compulsive list-maker. Constant complainer. Definitely not a good role model for children. Dirty old man. Eternally sleepy. Excel ninja. Ex-Green Party member. Former girly drink drunk. Hopeless romantic. Incurable cinephile. Music nerd. Not really a gangsta rapper in real life. Paperback writer. Scrabble shit talker. Semi-pro stand up comic. Simaltaneously both the Enabler & the Diminisher. Terrible with money. Your Quizmaster this evening. 

Looking around this morning at the numerous empty cubicles at my new day job, it is obvious to me that either some folks shave vacation time left to burn or they are suffering from the 24-hour cocktail bottle flu. But to be fair, too many quizmasters (myself included) use their company’s name as an excuse to go full-tilt on the booze-o-rama angle. (Honey, my paychecks are signed by Geeks Who Drink – its right there in the goddamn name! For the Love of the Adventures of Pete & Pete & Repeat!)

There is an old saying: “pub quiz hangovers are for amateurs and idiots.” And by old saying, I mean I am old and I am saying it. In any case, real veteran alcohol-dependent trivia receptacles like this quiz master do not need a reason to rage like a rat in a cage. I watched various celebrations take place last night in roughly 13 different bars interspersed throughout the Chilkoot Charlie’s compound. The clumsy actions of those parties seemed to bring some merit to my "old saying" that some people's kids would be better off leaving the grown up work to us professionals.

I can count the number of hangovers I’ve had on one hand. I drank less than a pitcher of Newcastle last night.  As I type this, I'm icing my forehead, choking down bread and breakfast burritos and chasing it with prescription-strength Americano and ibuprofen while guzzling my Nalgene bottle like it’s got the iocaine powder antidote hidden at the bottom. I’m only 35, what the hell happened to me?

I drank exactly once before I turned 21. This morning, I feel as bad as I did that first bleary eyed hang over. Just like then, I'm wearing sunglasses and trying not to puke in front of my boss. Thank goodness I've got a better gig now than the K-Mart night stocker position I held down back then. It’s like I’ve been unstuck in time, transported back to being a college freshman hiding champagne in Minnesota snow drifts because my efficiency apartment is too small for anything bigger than a bargain-brand mini-fridge. I might as well be watching “Pulp Fiction” on VHS and clumsily spilling Colorado Bulldogs on the carpet, worrying about scoring chicks and getting back my damage deposit. (Hindsight’s always 20/20 but I realize now I probably never even had a ghost of a chance at either of those things.)  

All anyone needs at a time like this (other than bacon) is ideal music specially designed to soothe the savage hangover beast. Like many other folks across this great nation of ours, I am recuperating today and therefore happily offer up to you, my faithful quizzers, the following handpicked song selections as a way to counter the painful din that is obnoxiously banging around in our collective alcohol-soaked medulla oblongata.

Please note: resist the urge for overly-obvious go-to fixes like “The Hangover” soundtrack, Coldplay, Ray Charles, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, country & western in general (both kinds!) or, worse, Jimmy Buffett. You’ll thank me later when you don’t spend the entirety of your Friday workday drifting off/blacking out and coming to realizing you just transcribed the lyrics to “Margaritaville” and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk?” and emailed it to your boss instead of the TPS report cover she needed yesterday.

As of late, I personally find it depressing that Anchorage’s Pacific Northwest weather often mirrors the overcast drizzle one would normally associate with a Seattle, a London or a Portland. Still, the best way to beat the rainy day blues is partying and quizzing as often as your bank balance will allow. For my money, these are the best jams for soothing pounding hangover heads and settling swirling stomachs no matter what the weather's like outside. I can’t help but notice there’s a surprising amount of complexity to be found here in waking up and feeling like shit after a big night out, the morning after and the night before. The mix runs the gamut, from the quietly contented to the morbidly hung over. Like dead hung over.

When I'm not tempted to seek out the hair of the dog that mauled me, there’s a good chance that I want is the opposite of a little peace and quiet. A perfectly curated song list is the ultimate cure-all. (How can Dr. Patch Adams M.D. argue laughter is the perfect medicine after he green lit that film?) These compositions can ease the pain of a hard morning work deadline, wallowing in self-pity over the previous night’s poor choices, get psyched up for a tough afternoon at the office slapping your cheeks so you don't fall asleep in your cubicle and cut the awkward silence when you wake up mid-air as you fall off a bunk bed onto a cement floor of a room you've never seen before in the daylight. Cheers!

1.      “What Happened?” – Sublime – “40 Oz. To Freedom” – 1992

2.      “Walking On Sunshine” – Katrina & the Waves – S/T – 1983

3.      “Easy (Like Sunday Morning)” – Commodores – S/T – 1977

4.      “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers – "Just As I Am" – 1971

5.      “Sunday Morning Coming Down” – Kris Kristofferson – S/T – 1970

6.      “Gin & Juice” – Snoop Dogg – “Doggy Style" - 1993

7.      “See What I Could Pull” – Devin the Dude – “The Dude” - 1998

8.      “Sweet Virginia” – Rolling Stones – “Exile on Main St.” - 1972

9.      “When I Came Home From the Party” – Clientele – “Strange Geometry” - 2005

10.  “Coffee in the Pot” – Supergrass – “Road to Rouen” - 2005

11.  “Sun in an Empty Room” – Weakerthans – “Reunion Tour" - 2007

12.  “The Slow Descent into Alcoholism” – New Pornographers – “Mass Romantic” – 2000

Runner Up’, Honorable Mentions & Good Sportsmanship Awards

“Dayvan Cowboy” – Boards Of Canada – “Trans-Canada Highway” - 2005

“XXX 88” – Mo/Diplo – Single - 2013

“Heaven on the Ground” – Jose James - Single - 2013

“Half a Person” – Smiths – “Shoplifters of the World Unite” - 1987

“Moonlight” – Message to Bears – “Maps” - 2013

“Ghost” – Snakadaktal – “Sleep in the Water” - 2013

“Rain Smell” – Baths – “Cerulean” - 2010

“Je N’en Connais Pas La Fin” – Jeff Buckley – “Live At Sin-e” - 2003

“Memphis in June” – Nina Simone – “Forbidden Fruit” - 1961

“Here Comes the Sun” – Beatles – “Abbey Road”- 1969

“A&E” – Goldfrapp – “Seventh Tree”- 2008

“Pink Night” – Jason Collet – “Idols of Exile” - 2005

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” – Jackie Wilson – S/T- 1967

“Youth” – Cults - Single - 2012

“Sunday Best” – Augustana – “All the Stars and Boulevards” - 2005

“Blue Train” – John Coltrane – “Trane’s Blues” - 1957

“Dojo Rising” – Cloud Central - Single - 2013

“Private Idaho” – B-52’s – ‘Wild Planet” - 1980  

“5 Seconds” – Tara Palmer-Tomkinson – “Flawed” - 2012

(tie) “Tangled up in Blue”/”Mr. Tambourine Man” – Bob Dylan

“Bolero” – Ravel (any old version will do in a pinch)

Participation Medals

"Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space" - Spiritualized

So Fresh, So Clean - Outkast

"Snooze 4 Love" - Todd Terje

"To Here Knows When" - My Bloody Valentine

"Candy Says" - Velvet Underground

"Black Milk" - Massive Attack

"The Gaudy Side Of Town" - Gayngs

"Don’t Stop" - Fleetwood Mac

"Police And Thieves" - Junior Murvin

"The Drugs Don’t Work" - Verve

"Heroes" - David Bowie

"Keep The Streets Empty For Me" - Fever Ray

"The Only Place" - Best Coast

"Last Living Souls" - Gorillaz

"The Good Times Are Killing Me" - Modest Mouse

"The Night Before" - Lee Hazlewood

"Killer Parties" - Hold Steady

"One More Drink" - Ludacris

"Alex" - Girls

“First St. Blues” – Mick Harvey

“Dream On” – Chemical Brothers

“Roads” - Portishead

“Great Jones Street” - Luna

“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” - Smiths

“Coming Down” - Weeknd

“Goodnight, Bad Morning” - Kills

“Say Yes” – Elliott Smith

“What’s The Use Of Getting Sober (When You’re Gonna Get Drunk Again?)” – Louis Jordan

*****

E-MAIL QUESTION RAFFLE WINNER (GWD pint glass): Adam B. 

NOT LAST PLACE: Nate Dogg Rulezzz

BEST TEAM NAME (Voodoo Mojo luggage tag): Rectum Spectrum

2ND PLACE: ($15) 2 Dudes On Ludes

1ST PLACE:  ($25) Fetus Deletus

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Contribute to the collaborative Spotify playlist "Geeks Who Drink - Nate Dogg" here: Geeks Who Drink - Nate Dogg

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Check out GWD’s Anchorage-wide FB page as well for more info on themed quizzes, bar names that rhyme with “Jap Loot,” etc.: https://www.facebook.com/GWDAnchorageAK

Chilkoot Charlie's
2435 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
Thursdays: 7:30 PM
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9:36 PM, September 05, 2014
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Joan Rivers in Nonbiodegradable 75

Palpa-Team 66

I Still Use Stamps and Envelopes to Send Bola 63

AK Drinkers 56

Dildo Swaggins 49

Cinco 22

Quizmistrix Lalenya


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Lalenya (Quizmistrix Lalenya)

Lalenya is a veteran quizzer from Seattle.  She cut her teeth playing (and winning with her amazing teammates) at such venues as Mulleady's, The Old Pequliar, Coopers and of course, The Globe (now The Ould Triangle).  A founding member of the Pantsless Pete Appreciation Society, she has been quizzing with Geeks Who Drink for almost a year.  She misses playing, but really enjoys hosting, and understands the importance of a great Quizmaster.

Really.  Two questions in one quiz about ungulates.  Very odd.

Nevertheless, it was a fantasctic Thursday at Koots; more fun than should be allowed by such geeky people.  Six kick ass teams came to play last night, All night long it looked like the one man (E-Man) team of Palpa-Team might actually take the big prize, But Joan Rivers is Non Biodegradable played the game beautifully, jokering a 15 point Round 8 to come back for the upset.  

I thought Round 7 was way too easy, but maybe y'all had already drank too much by then, cuz we had some unbelievably low scores.  This was matched only by the poor showing for Round 5, which just proves that you guys don't cheat, so good on you.  Big props go to E-Man for not only scoring 7 points, but also knowing that pimped out horse was from My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic.  Impressive and creepy.

Best Team Name is hard with week.  I really loved Dildo Swaggins and I Still Use Stamps and Envelopes to Send Bola, but I really gotta give it to Joan Rivers in Nonbiodegradable because I think she has said it herself, and it's never too soon!

I want to give a huge thank you to Randolf for fixing me up with sound last night.  I sub so infrequently I just haven't learned my way around there.  You saved my bacon!

Fear not Koots Quizzers.  Nate Dog will return next week.  And if you enjoyed me, well, you can always come visit that other place down the street.  I'm there every Monday at 7pm.

Make sure to check out my facebook page for more info and pictures.

Get your ass on down to the The Contest: A Seinfeld Quiz Thursday 9/18 at the Tap Root at 6pm.  Nate will be hosting and Laura is Scorekeeping!  Details here

Keep up with all GWD happenings in Anchorage here

Chilkoot Charlie's
2435 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
Thursdays: 7:30 PM
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1:08 AM, August 29, 2014
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RPF140351 Quizzin' Buddies 78

I Love Jimmy McCrillis 74

Colon Sex 71

Veni, Veni, Veni 60

If You Can Read This, You Are Not Floyd Mayweather Jr. 55

Palpa-Team 52

Hang'n With Robin Williams 50

My Drinking Team Has A Trivia Problem 40

Chive Minions 13

Quizmaster Nate Dogg


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Quizmaster Nate Dogg - Anchorage, AK - Every Thursday night 7:30 Post-Meridian @ The World Famous Chilkoot Charlie's on Spenard!
Nathan Hall (Quizmaster Nate Dogg)

Nate Dogg = Accelerated reader. A.K.A. Wedding DJ Space Boy. Card-carrying Agnostic. Coffee monkey. Compulsive list-maker. Constant complainer. Definitely not a good role model for children. Dirty old man. Eternally sleepy. Excel ninja. Ex-Green Party member. Former girly drink drunk. Hopeless romantic. Incurable cinephile. Music nerd. Not really a gangsta rapper in real life. Paperback writer. Scrabble shit talker. Semi-pro stand up comic. Simaltaneously both the Enabler & the Diminisher. Terrible with money. Your Quizmaster this evening. 

Please note that no animals were harmed in the making of this recap. A special warning to parents of small children: this recap may contain mature imagery, themes or material that is not suitable for minors. It may also contain explicit depictions of sexual acts or sexual arousal. It may also contain explicit violence, frequent coarse language and sexual activity. This blog is intended for a mature adult audience and therefore is not suitable for unnacompanied readers under 18 years of age due to the nature of pub quiz recaps frank discussions of explicit violence and sexual activity. You must be at least 38" tall to read this recap. This recap has blogged 33 consecutive posts without a incident report filed and/or physical injury requiring overnight hospitalization.  

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Other Jams With The Word Blue In The Title That Are Significantly More Awesome Than The Sum Total Value Of The Collected Works Of Toby Keith 

  1. "Godzilla" by Blue Oyster Cult 
  2. "Blue Smoke" by Dolly Parton
  3. "Blue In Green"/"The Blue Room" by Miles Davis (tie)
  4. "Blue Sunshine" by Jimi Hendrix
  5. "On The Beautiful, Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss II

Random: Drake is a black, Jewish Canadian rapper who 1st became famous playing a wheelchair-bound basketball player on TV. He is truly this generation's Sammy Davis Jr. Why is no one making a documentary about him and what assumably has to be the world's most obscure, hyper-specific special interest group/demographic of all time?

Real-Life, Un-Edited Verbatim Yelp Reviews Of Chilkoot Charlie's

  • "Doucshe bag security just kicked us out for no reason never coming back don't come here ever!!!!"---Christopher H - Reno, NV - 6/13/14
  • "Normally I avoid Koots like the plague, but I have been going occasionally this winter for trivia on Thursday nights.  The atmosphere of Koots sucks terribly, but trivia is actually quite fun, and the prizes are pretty awesome compared to Humpy's, its always way less crowded than Humpy's trivia nights, and the quiz set up is more fun I think. That being said, I will only go to Koots on trivia night, and I'll be sure to be at another bar by 10pm, so I avoid the typical scum and skeezys that frequent this particular establishment. You have to go through a metal detector and have your picture taken just to get in the place if that gives you any indication." ---Tim F. - Anchorage, AK - 2/1/2013
  • "Fun.  Crazy.  Slightly dangerous.  Trivia night on Thursdays is a highlight, especially if you can run and you know a lot about pop culture.  An Alaska institution.  "We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you!" ---David M. - Bethel, AK, 11/10/2006
  • "Maybe I'm an old bag at the ripe age of 30 however, I'm not much for koots. I do like to go when I get a wild hair up my keister to do the "white girl dance" and embarass myself and my friends. That or if a good band is playing (IE Berlin) I will go. Usually I avoid this place like it's got a raging case of genital herpes! There's always way too many people, the staff is usually too busy to be friendly and there's way too many fights. I've been sprayed with blood, caught in the middle of fights just trying to put my coat in the check in, the drinks are pricey and it gets way too hot in there. And I'm quite sure getting "too hot" is NOT from menopause. The only great thing about Koots...ninjaing the jukebox and putting $10 worth of Electric Six - Gay Bar on repeat.
    8/16/11
    Please note: Koots has removed Gay Bar by Electric Six from their Jukebox. They lost a star!"---Angie M. - Anchorage, AK - 12/7/2010

Toast Of The Night

May we get what we want, but never what we deserve. Here's to those who've seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and can't tell the difference. Here's to the floor, who will hold you when no one else will. Here's to my arms for staying by my sides. Here's to my legs for supporting me. And here's to my liver, for putting up with my shit.

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