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Monday, August 03, 2015
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On Literary Rabbits I've Known
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I think it was the third grade when I made my Halloween appearance as Bunnicula.  As a kid, I read a ton, and at that age, Bunnicula was one of my all time favorites.  I don’t remember much of it now, just that he was a vegetable sucking vampire bunny who eventually earned the friendship of the other family pets, one of which was an ill-tempered wire-haired dachshund.  Shortly after, I graduated from the Bunnicula books right in to more adult fare like Watership Down.  Now *that* is a rabbit tale that will permanently mess with your mind.  In fact, I’d wager that if you asked me to name my favorite books, Watership Down is at the
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, July 27, 2015
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No Soliciting
RobotNarwhal

RANT TIME!  I can’t stand people who sell things door to door.  Let me caveat: I work from home most of the time.  So I get to see the world of people who wander the streets during the afternoon canvassing neighborhoods.  And for some reason, if somebody knocks on my door, I answer it.  That’s my fault.  But I shouldn’t have to stay in my house leering out the window hoping that the person will just go away instead of keep knocking.   My most recent encounter was today, when (please forgive me) an Asian man knocked on my door.  I presume he was Vietnamese from his name tag (a very common last name I will refrain from
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, July 20, 2015
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Click Bait
RobotNarwhal

I might need to change the name of my blog to “Today in Click Bait.” You were all at quiz, right?  Do I really need to delve ad nauseum into how most of you totally ate crow on R7, except for that one team who was (and is) apparently obsessed with James Van Der Beek?  I will admit, the man is getting less weird looking with age, but I always thought him a bit…Caveman-like?  I don’t know, I’ve never met an actual Neanderthal, and my image of them was codified as Ringo Starr until a few years ago.  Or, still.  Whatever.  ANYWAY… I am a sucker for click bait.  This morning, sitting down to write my blog with the
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, July 06, 2015
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Life in Purgatory
RobotNarwhal

Purgatory as a concept has roots in Catholicism.  It generally is a period of purification for souls ultimately destined for Heaven but who sinned during life.  The concept gained certain poetic prominence as an actual geographic location during the middle ages (a la Dante’s “Inferno”).  And since, while different Christian sects (and even other Judaic religions) give Purgatory a specific ecclesiastic definition, in pop culture, Purgatory has gained sense of “not quite Heaven, but not quite Hell.” Maybe it’s a place where non-Christians go.   Anyway, let me get to my point.  Jimmy Buffet is probably playing in Purgatory. 
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, June 29, 2015
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Sometimes Stuff Just Gets Weird
RobotNarwhal

Do you ever just sit back and ponder at how weird life has gotten? At least, my life has gotten weird. There are just so many strange little things that nobody warns you about, and that most of us breeze over sharing because they are too little or too strange. And thus life slowly passes us by.     Last night as I was driving home, I saw a kid with what can only be described as the largest “Jewfro” I have ever seen. Now, I am not trying to make unfair assumptions about race or origin here. I used to have a Jewish friend in high school who had the best crazy unkempt curly hair I had seen to date, and
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, June 22, 2015
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Munching on Clams
RobotNarwhal

You may have heard rumors that I was away last week “munching clams.”  Those rumors were totally true: I was indeed in the fair state of Massachusetts, and while I was there I was fortunate enough to partake in some seriously good Cape Cod steamers.  No, I am NOT making thinly veiled sex references; I am quite serious.  Every time I go to New England, people ask if I had any lobster (yes, yes, I had that too), but the thing is: you can get lobster just about anywhere these days.  As long as you are willing to pay, lobsters actually travel pretty well.  They even sell live ones at Walmart during certain times of the year.  And I am not going to argue:
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, June 15, 2015
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THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP FOR OWL FACTS
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FACT: Despite there being over 150 species of owls in the world and 19 in North America, no owl has ever won a pub quiz, no matter how hard they’ve tried. It’s their lack of opposable thumb and ability to speak and write in a language a human can understand that keeps this unfortunate barrier in place.We didn’t have over 150 teams at Jack Quinn’s in Colorado Springs on Monday evening, nor did we have 19, we had 8 which isn’t even half of 19. Of this total, zero teams were comprised of owls. It’s my guess that the owls were at home drinking. Heavily. Because of past quiz failure.FACT: The
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Derek Knight had a realllly good bio written and then, in a moment of hubris, decided to change his nickname and the damn thing disappeared. Blah blah graphic artist blah magician, blah blah former radio DJ, blah not really funny blah something about Quizmaster of the Year blah blah has a kid so you know he totally puts out blah is from Colorado Springs blah blah but isn't a racist blah likes tacos blah. Listen, I have some top secret clown business to attend to, so I'll be needing your vehicle, ok?


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Monday, June 08, 2015
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A Quizzer, A Gender Confused Chicken, and A Wizard Walk into a Bar...
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I’ve reached the conclusion that I am incurably clumsy.  A few of you commented on the fact that I was limping at quiz, and I winced not from pain but a twinge of embarrassment.  Aside from the usual “I’m getting old” back and hip complaints, for lack of better terminology, I have a big Ow-ie on my knee.  Now, I didn’t bang the fuck out of it in glorious fashion while hiking, or doing sports, or being accosted by something very short with a stick, OH NO: I fell while walking calmly along a straight stretch of sidewalk.  No bumps, no cracks, no rocks, no weird wobbly shoes.  I just dropped and banged the crap out of my knee.  See previous
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, June 01, 2015
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I Am The Destroyer...of Foods!
RobotNarwhal

I have something terrible to admit: I’ve jumped on the healthy smoothie bandwagon.  Most of you know I’m sort of a neo-hippie anyway.  I recycle.  I compost my yard waste.  I eat a mostly clean mostly vegetarian diet.  But I also love solid food and replacing an entire meal every day with a bunch of liquefied things always sounded a bit unappealing.  Yet I decided to give it a go, and I hate to admit that I feel fucking great.  Got a high quality protein supplement powder with vitamins and power nutrients and stuff in it, and I blend that up with tasty stuff for breakfast most days now.  Two things made me realize I could handle the power
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, May 25, 2015
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Let's Turn My Life Up to 11
RobotNarwhal

Ok, so I may have sounded a bit marble-mouthed for part of quiz last night.  While eating my most amazing salad (the one with the honey smoked salmon zomg so good), I bit my tongue.  Now, I know this is something that happens from time to time, but holy cow did I bite it hard.  Like, it was bleeding and swelling, and it made me feel mush mouthed for at least half of quiz.  These are the risks you take when you take up the mic for Geeks Who Drink.  You just have to suck it up, order a neat whiskey to dull the pain (of the tongue and so many other things), and just keep quizzing.  I know you are with me.  It
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, May 18, 2015
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Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head
RobotNarwhal

Are my eyes turning red?  Because I find it hilarious how bad weather can sometimes bring out the worst in people.  Or, it at very least makes them act a bit crazy.  Even me.  My stupid emergency notifications on my cell phone woke me up twice last night with flash flood warnings in the area.  I slept terribly dreaming about my roof leaking and caving in on me, and my cat snuggling a little too close for comfort didn’t help, either.  And of course, the more grumbly I get, the more the cat wants to be in my face.  He’s laying across my arms right now while I am trying to type.  I BLAME THE
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, May 11, 2015
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Well, I Guess She's Tasty and Bootylicious...
RobotNarwhal

Ok, maybe not.  Nor is she “toned and tight” according to the song, albeit I imagine that the girl who inspired “The Girl From Ipanema” probably possessed a pretty bangin’ bod.  Her name is Helo Pinheiro, by the way, and you might be able to track down the historic issue of Playboy from the 80s.  And if you are not familiar with this song, you should be.  It’s part of our cultural heritage, or mis-heritage, depending on your point of view.      Think
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Monday, May 04, 2015
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The Best Worst Drinks Anywhere
RobotNarwhal

The rain blasting down from the heavens and flood warnings galore weren’t enough to keep y’all away from Jack Quinn’s for quiz this week!  And it was a good thing, too, because Marty pulled out yet another pair of suit Guiness harp studded glasses to give away as an extra prize.  This time, we decided to have a “drink recipe” contest, and you kids did not disappoint with your submissions.  Some sounded downright delicious, and some sounded downright metaphorical.  So without further ado, may I present the first… Geeks Who
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Saturday, May 02, 2015
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You Will Become...A TRUE BELIEVER!
Dark Lord of Quiz

Free comic book day? AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON!? MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE THEMED QUIZ? Man, it was a fun and busy Saturday in Colorado Springs when a small but mighty group of true believers came to Jack Quinn's to show off their big brains and compete for a cash prize. We covered a wide swath of Marvel knowledge, trying to hit every corner of the cinematic universe in an attempt to placate even the most voracious of geeks. Me personally, I had a great time since the hammer was my microphone for once (insert played out team name jokes here).    Seriously, though, Mjolnir makes a fine microphone. Granted, I don't know that it would have
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Derek Knight had a realllly good bio written and then, in a moment of hubris, decided to change his nickname and the damn thing disappeared. Blah blah graphic artist blah magician, blah blah former radio DJ, blah not really funny blah something about Quizmaster of the Year blah blah has a kid so you know he totally puts out blah is from Colorado Springs blah blah but isn't a racist blah likes tacos blah. Listen, I have some top secret clown business to attend to, so I'll be needing your vehicle, ok?


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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It Wasn't A Wrong Turn, Swear...
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Over this past weekend, I found myself in Albuquerque.  Yes, on purpose.  Before heading down there, I was thinking to myself that April must be a great time of year in New Mexico because of the whole Spring thing.  And at first, it was fantastic: sunny, warm, with flowers and actual greenery all over the desert.  Then, it started to rain.  And rain.  And you know what?  New Mexicans (sorry, I am going to totally stereotype) cannot drive in the freaking rain.  You’d have thought it was the coming of the Apocalypse on I-25.  We passed accident after accident, with no indication of bad roads except the mizzly gray pizzle wafting down from the
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Spring is HERE!
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Spring is upon us!  Granted, it is Colorado, so we may still get our fair shake of nasty weather, but for the most part, things are coming up out of the ground and life is starting to smell good again.  So far, the best Spring thing I’ve witnessed was a squirrel attempting to “bury” a prize of some sort between the cushions in my patio furniture.  I watched this effort from a window, and when the squirrel had gone, I went to see what it was.  Turns out it was a corn chip.  What a prize that must be for a squirrel, huh?  It couldn’t live in my patio furniture, so I put it on the fence, and soon another squirrel found it.  I imagine
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Jessica has two of the greatest jobs ever: QMMF, and drinking beer for a living.  We are not even kidding.  She also enjoys movies, Science Fiction, rock and roll, taking longs walks on any available tropical beach, and slowly vying for world domination.  She's an irritating optimist with an existential bend, and is a fan of tattoos that include punctuation marks and/or robots.  She has an unhealthy obsession with whales, and although she kinda prefers humpbacks, narwhals are pretty damn cute.  And don't even get her started on belugas.