Firehouse Pub & Grill
5380 Walzem Rd
San Antonio, TX 78288
Wednesdays: 8:00 PM
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It's always a fun night when we get a n00bie quizmaster (I'm not capitalizing the “q” because you gots ta earn that shit). We threw Lex to the wolves for the majority of the night and you all gave him good marks. I think he's got the chops and good presence. And he's no slouch with the comebacks either. Even when they're at MY expense. Right now Lex will be someone we can call if a Quizmaster needs a sub. Hopefully we can get him his own gig soon, cause I think he's got what it takes to hold down a venue of his own.
I totally loved the round 2 tonight. Hearing John Mellancamp singing about “suckin' on a little titty” or Soft Cell asking that you “Don't touch my taint” had me in stitches while preparing the quiz.
Yes, I was (badly) dancing to Gangnam Style in my kilt tonight. What of it?
But you know what, I don't want to talk about what happened at quiz tonight. Let's talk about something else.
On September 8th I walked into the Firehouse Pub & Grill as a freshly trained Quizmaster to take the wheel at a brand new San Antonio venue for Geeks Who Drink. And tonight we celebrated our 2nd anniversary! Yes, the kind folks at Firehouse have allowed me to get up on that stage week after week for 2 years so that I can spout off, make bad jokes, talk some shit and give you the best damn pub quiz I can. I thank them for that because we almost didn't get picked up after the initial contract. But Andrew who was the manager at the time really wanted it to work and fought to keep us on the schedule. And here we are two years later!
We've had a lot of faces pass through those doors over the past two years. Some play for a few months, and then fade away to be replaced by new friends. Some pop in once in awhile after being away far too long. Others have stuck with us pretty much from the get-go. I wanted to take a moment at quiz tonight to thank some of those people that were with us in those very early days and are still with us today. But the cruel hand of irony showed up and most of those I wished to thank did not show up. It was kinda weird to be honest. But anyway, I want to thank Lilibeth who was at the very first quiz. She liked it so much she even Yelped about it (yes, I saw that and thank you so much for that) and put out the word. In that review she said, “I have gone there three times and always on a Wednesday when their Geeks Who Drinks Night is hosted...Will be back every week for sure. “ And other than a few weeks here and there where life got in the way, she has. She's brought with her her main man Matthew and several of their family and friends, who always manage to show up about 10minutes before quiz, like clockwork. It's a rare week where I don't see them.
I also want to thank Brian who once worked at Firehouse who was also an early adopter, as well as Justin, Jason, Becky, Andrew, Farelle and Phil. They don't always play every week anymore, but I always know we're going to have a fun time whenever they're scattered out in the crowd.
We've had some crazy times in the past two years. We've had dance-offs that have been traumatizing to look at. We had the Slim Jim eating contest that refused to end. We've had sodomy by carrot, and the resulting “babies” the following week. We've auditioned many a “wannabe” Quizmaster, and you've made it known when they just didn't have the stuff and totally shit the bed, or when they completely knocked it out of the park. Vikki got up on the stage and told us how “pain does not exist in this dojo”. There have been our share of obnoxious dill-holes that got smacked down for trying to ruin our good time. We debuted the first video round in San Antonio right here at the Firehouse and we've packed the house with themed quizzes.
And let's not forget the Halloween costume contests! I've hosted as The Greatest American Hero, shown up as Master Dong Hung Lo, and most recently been a Death Eater for the Harry Potter quiz. I'm not afraid to do foolish things if it means you'll laugh (even if it's at my expense). I've drank 100oz beer tubes on my birthdays and you all got to suffer through a very drunk QM. Consider it my personal revenge for all the Canada bashing you do.
I even came to you “live via satellite interrupt” in the middle of your round 7 video round the week I was in Canada just so I could fuck with your night, flip you off and talk some shit. Special thanks to Derek Knight for making my evil scheme a reality.
I've accidentally given away answers while reading questions, and worn the “Bolivia” shirt as a consequence.
But I also go to the Firehouse week after week knowing that you guys have got my back. I've made some really cool friendships among you over the past two years and that's pretty damn awesome. Except for you Stephanie. You I hate. One day you and I are going to throw down right in the middle of the bar! I kid. You rock! Some of you have been at the Firehouse for a much shorter time, comparatively, but I always try to make sure that everyone that comes out to play is made to feel welcome and part of the gang. I hope I'm doing my job in that regard.
Let's face it. Firehouse has had some pretty awesome quizzes in its two years. We need to keep that going for two more. And then two more after that. Drag those friends out with you that you think will have a good time. Tell people how much fun you have at quiz and get others involved, and let's get geared up for whatever chaos we can cook up in the coming year.
In fact I have some chaos in mind, but I'm not going to reveal it here. Not yet anyway. But some of you will be contacted.
I promise you guys that I will continue to be my crazy, muddled, hilarious self for as long as you guys continue to come out week after week to the Firehouse to play in their sandbox with me.
So many memories, and so many good times. You guys are the best. All of you.
Here's to two more years. I can't do it without you all.