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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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December 7, 2016 A Quiz that will live in infamy.
Major Tom

Last week, I mentioned the Facebook page for Quizmasters. While there are lots of positive things shared there, like funny things that happen at Quiz, or advice on how to handle situations that arise, there is also the usual venting about crappy things that you would expect on any work-related forum. One of the recurring themes is bad team names. Some Quizmasters are much more easily offended than I am, and they complain about team names that they found offensive. Other Quizmasters chime in and say that they would have refused to read the name, or they would have changed the team name to something like "Jerks Who Think Death Is Funny", or something like that. Then, usually, I and some other
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Take your vitamin C, everybody!
Major Tom

A Quizmaster from Seattle posted a question today on the Facebook page for Quizmasters. He asked if any of us who had been hosting Quiz for years ever thought about regular teams who used to come to Quiz all the time, but no longer do. He asked if we get emotional and miss them. Well, I've been at the Dub for four and a half years, and being basically a college bar, I've had quite a few regular Quizzers who have moved on. Sometimes they graduate. Sometimes they get better job opportunities than Tucson offers. There have been a lot of them over the years. Do I ever think about them and miss them? Sure, occasionally. But what's cool about the Dub is that we keep getting more new regulars all
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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I'm thankful. I just wish I hadn't eaten so much.
Major Tom

  It's Thanksgiving weekend, so last night I told everyone at Quiz that we would start by going around the room and telling everyone what we were all thankful for. Of course I was kidding. We had a huge crowd last night. It would have taken forever. But I'll take this opportunity to tell you what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful that for a lot of things this year. I'm thankful that I finally got out of middle school and got a job teaching real human beings, high school kids. I'm thankful for my job at Heavy Metal Television, and the free concert tickets and stuff I've gotten through them. I've gotten to hang out with people like Dave Ellefson from Megadeth thanks to them. But possibly
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Being adorned with someone's contents is no way to end a Quiz.
Major Tom

So, you think 2016 has sucked for you? Maybe you're upset about the travesty of an election we just had. Everyone you voted for lost? That sucks. Some celebrities you really like died this year? Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy? Yeah, I know Lemmy died right at the end of 2015, but it seems like it was this year. That's terrible. I know. You've been a Cleveland Indians fan for years, and watched them give up a 3-game lead in the World Series. Rough. Here's the thing though. You haven't had a night like Kris did last night. We had a great Quiz last night, with a huge crowd and nothing catching fire. When it was over, Kris was standing at the bar trying to get a drink, when a dude walked
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Nov 09, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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There will be plenty of time for puppies and kittens later.
Major Tom

Tuesday was pretty rough for more than half of us in this country. Let's face it, there are the people out there who are absolutely sure that the results of the election were a terrible thing for our country and the world, and then there are those who are wrong. My students asked me how I felt about the election. I said, "You know how sometimes you do something bad and you get caught. Then your parents look at you with that look, and you ask if they're mad, but they tell you 'We're not mad. We're just disappointed in you'? Well that's how I feel. I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed in America." The kids got it. "Oh my god, that's the worst! I'd rather have them mad at me!" a bunch of them said.
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Was there some sort of game last night?
Major Tom

When it comes to Quiz venues, I think I'm pretty spoiled. Sure, sometimes we have a sound system that bursts into flames. But here's the thing: Nationwide, venues cancel Quiz all the time for sportsball games. Even in Tucson, there are plenty of venues that either cancel for sportsball or delay the Quiz until the sportsball game is over. Both of my venues make it clear that Quiz trumps sportsball. The game is on, but the sound gets turned off, and the Quiz goes on. I subbed at another venue on Tuesday, and there were two sportsball games on. The World Series game was 9-2, and the Arizona basketball game was 49-4. Both games were essentially over and pointless. Still, they turned the sound
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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The Last Part of the "Divergent" Series Better be Called "Convergent"
Mitchicus Mathematicus

It's been a while since I've subbed as host at The Dub. I've stepped in for Dini every now and then, but it always impresses me how well-oiled a machine you have running here. My regular place is not nearly as busy or competitive, so it's interesting to feel the different kind of vibe each venue brings. Dubliner reminds of of that one hallway of the old house I used to live in, and it was cool to see everyone playing with us tonight. As for Tom, I think he said something about slaying and/or dragons, but I'll let him fill in the rest later.
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Howdy, all. Mitch here. I'm an Arizona-grown U of A alum with a job teaching students that Math doesn't have to suck. I've been quizzing with friends for three years and have been loving it ever since. Now as a QM, I just need to work on the whole talking and blogging thing. 

I am a huge retro gamer. I should have won the Star Fox Weekend leather jacket as a kid, and I did win a Nintendo Wii playing Guitar Hero. I'm sadly lacking in knowledge of all the "cool" games kids play these days, but I'm still down with the classics. I'm also a fan of bad movies and mozzarella cheesesticks. 

Other life accomplishments include being published in "Highlights" magazine, going on Wheel of Fortune, meeting Walter Jones the power ranger, beating Super Metroid in 80 minutes with 100% completion, and never going to Senior Prom.


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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You win some, you lose some.
Major Tom

I don't think it's a big secret that there is one team who tends to win a lot at the Dub. A while ago, Scorekeeper Dini and I decided that we should do something to try to get some prizes for other teams to win. The standard Geeks Who Drink contract only requires the club to give out a first and a second prize. It also requires the club to give the Quizmaster a $25 tab. Since the Dub does not give the scorekeeper a tab, I let Dini share mine. So, we came up with the idea that since we don't usually use our entire tab, we would give out a third place prize that is whatever is left on our tab, and must be used the next week. The thing about it is, third prize is a gamble. Most nights, I'll have
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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The glorious return of Food!
Major Tom

Good things are afoot at the Dub. Let's be honest here. We love the Dub, and Quiz at the Dub mostly for it's location and the people involved. Things are looking up, though! We got some new furniture, and more is on the way. Starting last night, we now have drink specials. Two dollar well vodka drinks on Quiz nights will hopefully keep you guys around, and encourage the 'Drink' side of 'Geeks Who Drink'. I know a lot of you have been disappointed by the incredible shrinking menu at the Dubliner. Well, I am happy to tell you that food is back! We released the new menu last night, and it is awesome! Steak, chicken, fish, salads, and the return of Irish food! If you have been going to a different
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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What the hell is going on around here?
Major Tom

It's October, and that of course is when all the spooky, scary, and weird stuff traditionally comes out. Last night, the weird part of that trio was out in full force. I have no idea what the hell was going on. First, as I drove up Euclid toward the parking garage, a dude carrying a big bag of something suddenly ran across the street right in front of traffic, took a handful of brightly colored powder of some sort out of the bag, threw it on the sidewalk on the corner, then turned around, and ran right in front of traffic back to where he came from. What was that all about?! I have no idea. Then, during the Quiz, a random guy ran across University straight at the flower planter out front of
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Everything falls apart when I'm not there.
Major Tom

I was not at the Dub last week, as you probably know. I had to go see Black Sabbath in Phoenix that night. It's their farewell tour, so I really couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the guys that invented the genre of music that has had such an impact on my life one last time. In order to make that possible, I traded Quizzes with Natasha last week. I hosted at the Frog and Firkin for her on Tuesday, and she hosted at the Dub for me. So, I drove up to Phoenix with my buddy Jeremy, and we were pretty excited to see Ozzy, Tony, and Geezer play all the songs we love. At 8:00, Sabbath's opening band took the stage. They were mediocre. At about 8:15, my phone started vibrating. It was a text
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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We Quiz Rain Or Shine.... Or Smoke
Natasha Noir

Tucson is a kooky place. We have a lot of artistic, strange, fun culture and last night I realized we also have a loyal geek culture. Picture this, a bar full of eager nerds ready to get this quiz started. Me, subbing in for their regular Quiz Master and the ever awesome scorekeeper Dini at my side. We are set, we are playing an eighties-tastic play list and then you realize you can no longer hear the fine stylings of Depeche Mode.... then you realize there is smoke coming from the main mixer of the bar. Ahhhh crap! What to do?! Cancel quiz? Sing the audio rounds acapella? No! You take care of business. Dini is just rad in many ways but last night she saved quizmas with a stand alone PA that
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Hello from the dusty trails of the Sonoran Desert! I am Natasha Noir, a vintage culture loving, burlesque dancing, animal loving, horror fiend who happens to love geeking out! I love positions with authority so it seems that becoming a Quiz Master was a well heeled and logical step for me. From the bottom of my little black heart with love.


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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What do you know? Quizzers have hearts!
Major Tom

I got to the Dub last night and found that the scorer's table was already occupied. A big praying mantis had already claimed my spot. He was very gracious about it, and climbed on to my hand to pose for pictures before Hayley came to move him out to the trees and grass next door in the Square. So last night was our Quiz For A Cause. The Colibri Center For Human Rights was there to spread the word about what they do, and to collect money to support their mission. What exactly is their mission, you ask? Well, from their brochure: "The Colibri Center For Human Rights is a family advocacy organization working to end migrant death and human suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border. We
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Sep 07, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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You know what they say...
Major Tom

At the beginning of Quiz last night, I was setting up, and Quizzers were lining up at the scorer's table to pick up their materials. People were complimenting me on various things. "Hey, that's a great shirt", said one guy. "Great to see you guys!" said the next. "You shaved your beard! It looks good!" said the next Quizzer. The next Quizzer was a girl, who I suppose didn't want to be left out of the complimenting, came up and said, "Hey Tom! I hear you have a really big dick!" And that right there, my friends, is why I love being your Quizmaster and keep coming back to the Dub after all this time. The Dub was promoting the launch of the Osiris Rex satellite, which apparently is being
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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Welcome back, muggles!
Major Tom

After the Harry Potter Quiz on Saturday, the Dub felt almost empty last night. There was actually some room to walk around. It was kind of nice. A little less hectic. It was good to have a more relaxed Quiz. The unfortunate part of it is that I guess some people forgot how things work at a regular Quiz. I'll give you an example. I read off the final standings, and in so doing, I announced that Como Se Dice "Dumpster Fire"? won third place. I guess they forgot that there is a third place prize, because no sooner did I announce that they had come in third, did they get up and leave! Well, there I was, standing around with the third place gift certificate waiting for them to come get their prize
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points. 


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The Auld Dubliner (Tucson)
800 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
85719
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm]
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More fun than a barrel of Weasleys!
Major Tom

As I told everyone last night, I love Pub Quiz in general, but I really love themed Quizzes. A big group of nerds all getting together to celebrate something we all love and have in common. It's a beautiful thing, and I think it's my natural environment. I love that people dress up, or at least put on their topic-related t- shirts. I love that the crowds are big, and that there's a palpable energy about the place. I love the creative team names, and the laughs that they get. I love getting creative coming up with drink coupons or other prizes. I love seeing pictures of what other Quizmasters across the country did for their Quizzes. The cheers, the laughs, the boos, all the reactions
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My name is Tom.  I got into this gig by kicking everyone's ass at the Quiz at Club Congress on a weekly basis until they pretty much had to give me a job.  Now I do 2 clubs in Tucson, and you should be at both of them.  Besides doing this, I play in a ska-punk band called Troy's Bucket, and I have a job teaching 7th grade social studies.  I'm a huge metal and punk fan, but I also dig a lot of other stuff.  Halloween is my Christmas.  A lot of that has to do with my birthday, December 24th, being totally ignored thanks to Christmas.  I left the sinking ship that is Detroit, but I still love the Red Wings.  That's a hockey team.  Hockey is the greatest sport in the world.  I am single, so feel free to line up at the QM's table to meet me.  I drink Guinness, so feel free to send one my way.  I still won't give you any extra points.