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Monday, May 22, 2017
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Wherein We Take a Moment to Reflect on Something Much More Important
Matthew

Monday night, in Manchester, England, at least 19 people, mostly adolescents, lost their lives in a bombing, believed to be of the suicide variety and believed to be an act of terrorism, at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in what is one of the worst terrorist acts in the country's history. I'm not going to do much more than acknowledge the awful torrent of to-be-expected ignorant tweets that came out in the immediate aftermath, but I will say that many people are missing, many are injured, and everyone is in a panic...which is, of course, the intended effect of the attack. We can all certainly sympathize and empathize, regardless of what part of the country you're
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Monday, May 15, 2017
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Wherein Game 7 Competes for Top Billing
Matthew

Before I get into the meat of the 'blog, I need to give a big shout-out to Meg of True West for coming to my aid in a moment of need. A big thank you to her for much-needed assistance. In other news, we had the ongoing (as of this writing) Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, a game forced by the Celtics giving away an all-but-assured win thanks to some poor execution, lapses in judgment, and a coach who seemed to forget he can call time out whenever his team has the ball, a game that this author has little confidence the Green Team wins because of a number of factors. The biggest, though: Washington hasn't won in Boston all
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True West Brewery
525 Massachusetts Ave
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Monday, May 08, 2017
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Wherein We Have Two Teams Who Don't Play for Prizes
Matthew

Have you ever used Redbox to rent a movie? Well, if you're signed up to receive texts, you probably got one on Monday with a code for a free rental, because I know I did. I used it to reserve The Founder, the movie about the guy who founded McDonalds. I still have yet to see the movie because when I left True West to drive 10 minutes and three-plus miles in the OPPOSITE direction to go pick it up, the machine decided to have a seizure while it was retrieving my disc and told me to go pound sand. I won't be charged, obviously, but there might be a pending charge, etc. The good thing about Redbox is that their customer service is pretty helpful and will usually make sure you are fully satisfied
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525 Massachusetts Ave
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Monday, May 01, 2017
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Wherein the Bay State Brawlers Join Us for a Mayday Quiz
Matthew

Unless you've been asleep the last couple years or so (and if you are just waking up, much has changed since you began your sabbatical from the waking world), or just not on social media very often, you might not know that roller derby is not only still alive and well but also very en vogue, even in stodgy ol' New England. Your Quizmaster knows of at least three teams and a league or two, but the month of May will feature a cross-promotion of sorts when the Bay State Brawlers Roller Derby team will be on-hand each and every week to promote their events and play the quiz. The first night, we even gave away, as a special bonus prize after the quiz, a pair of tickets to their upcoming May 6 event
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True West Brewery
525 Massachusetts Ave
Acton, MA
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Monday, Apr 24, 2017
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Where A Tie for Second is Twice as Nice and the Joker Decides All
Matthew

Ever had one of those days? A day where nothing really goes wrong but you still feel that "ugh" feeling all day long? A day like Limp Bizkit once rapped/sang about in "Break Stuff?" Your intrepid Quizmaster had that kind of day today, a day that ended with coming home to a locked front door (of my two-apartment complex), a door that is never locked, and having to literally kick my way in just to go upstairs and unwind for a few minutes before getting ready to go do this quiz thing I write about every week. Fortunately, all's well that ends well and there's always some great beer at True West Brewery in West Acton, MA. Plus the quiz brought a lot of laughs, some almost-but-not-quite-because-it-would-give-away-the-answer-sing-a-longs,
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Monday, Apr 17, 2017
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Wherein the Free Filing Alliance Can Go Have Sex with Itself
Matthew

Look, I hate to start this blog by going on a rant, but I need to or I'm going to be on the news tomorrow for reasons that no one ever wants to be on the news for, now or at any other time in human history. As you all likely know, the deadline for filing federal and state taxes (or an extension for either) is on 4/18/17, which is just over an hour away as I begin this. Here in Massachusetts, we frequently got boned by tax prep software who offered free federal filing but made sure to charge you for the state return. However, up until this year, there was a way around that: filing directly through the Mass DoR's Web site. It was a little trickier, as there was no animation or helpful hints
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Monday, Apr 10, 2017
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Wherein the Divide and Conquer Method Works to Perfection in a Quiz with My Name All Over It
Matthew

I swear, someone out there (in the Geeks Who Drink corporate offices) must like me or something, because my name - that would be Matt, or Matthew if you want to be all official and stuff - was riddled throughout the answers to tonight's quiz. Tonight being, of course, Monday, better known as Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz Night (we're workng on a better slogan) at True West Brewery in West Acton, MA. Fresh off the Strike Heard 'Round the World over in the Middle East and the sobering realization that the guy who got elected President of the United States might just end up overseeing a war, it was a good night for some levity in the form of quiz questions in themed rounds. Nine teams came to match
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Monday, Apr 03, 2017
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Wherein I Pay Homage to a Legend
Matthew

I rarely do this, but I'm going to set aside the beginning of this blog post to pay tribute to a man who just ended, at WrestleMania 33, a nearly-30 year career in WWE, arguably the most iconic wrestler to ever sign a contract with WWE, Inc.: the Deadman, the Phenom, the American Badass, the Lord of Darkness, and the Last Outlaw...The Undertaker. As a long-time fan of professional wrestling, I will tell you, in all honesty, that my all-time favorite is newly-inducted WWE Hall of Fame member Kurt Angle, but 'Taker is the guy who hooked me in and kept me watching. There were times when I was on the outs with WWE and didn't get to see some of his best matches the first time around. Thanks
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True West Brewery
525 Massachusetts Ave
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Monday, Mar 20, 2017
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Wherein We Get All Fired Up About Stravinsky
Matthew

A lot of people (or, you know, a couple) think I look like Ed Sheeran. I do not. But I suppose there's worse to be compared to when you're of the ginger variety, as I am - though I consider myself a daywalker - than someone who is somewhat inexplicably considered a sex symbol. He can sing better than I can, though admittedly we've never competed head-to-head and your Quizmaster has a set of pipes on him, and can definitely dance better, make more money, and be more successful than I, but...what point was I trying to make here? Oh yeah, now I 'member: he can do all that, but he probably can't run a quiz like Yours Truly can. Well, that's probably not true either, but his plate is a lot fuller
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True West Brewery
525 Massachusetts Ave
Acton, MA
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Monday, Mar 13, 2017
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Wherein We Have a Couple Timely Team Names...and Hope Tomorrow's Storm Is Winter Finally "Coming..."
Matthew

...If you will, Jack. And if you won't, that's alright because hope springs eternal, just as spring is eternal hope. Or something. I never claimed to be a poet; my degree is in professional writing, after all. I don't have a degree in Basic Thuganomics or the gift of jab to go with my gift of gab, but I can still call a mean pub quiz and there is only ONE WORD to describe the people who take part and I'm going to SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU! G-E-E-K-S, GEEEEEKS! And they came out in droves Monday night, March 13, 2017, to True West Brewery to take another crack at the brainteaseriest 8 rounds of quiz questions this side of the continental divide...and on the other side, too, since we let
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525 Massachusetts Ave
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Monday, Mar 06, 2017
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Wherein We're On the Road to GeekaMania and it's Full Speed Ahead
Matthew

Lying and Russians and hair, oh my! The current Commander-in-Chief must be breathing a little sigh of relief this week that the scrutiny of the American people (and, moreover, the law enforcement agencies) has shifted to someone else accused of being less-than-honest about his contact with important persons from the former USSR...who just so happens to be the guy who is serving as Trump's hand-picked Attorney General. On the one hand, you have to feel for Jeff Sessions, who clearly isn't living in the real world given his views on the connection between marijuana and violence and the smuggling of nuclear arms, for getting caught in the crosshairs. After all, if you were tasked to find the
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525 Massachusetts Ave
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Monday, Feb 27, 2017
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Wherein No One Hands Anyone the Wrong Envelope
Matthew

Hey, wow, those Academy Awards Sunday night...that was a thing, eh? I don't think we'll ever forget that speech or that snafu or that shocking snub, at least not until the next one. But to see Hollywood actually give the win to a movie that was about something really important going on in the world right now over a movie celebrating Hollywood was a pretty big deal. It really makes you think. Still, what would a truly meaningful moment like that be without that little onstage whatchamacallit that almost seemed to be life imitating art, as though the Academy had an 11th hour re-vote after realizing how disingenuous it might make their protesting sound to hand out a trophy to a movie that has
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True West Brewery
525 Massachusetts Ave
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Monday, Feb 20, 2017
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Where We Hope You Remembered to Buy a Presidents' Day Gift
Matthew

On Monday, February 20, the nation observed Presidents' Day, the day that car dealerships far and wide circle on the calendar as soon as they get it out of the shrinkwrap and the day where we're all supposed to pay homage to the Commanders-in-Chief of bygone days, specifically the first and sixteenth POTUS. They used to have their own days and schoolchildren always loved when they came around because it meant a day off from classes. But though the banks, libraries, post offices, and a lot of other places took a three-day weekend, the Geeks Who Drink never take a day off...except Friday through Sunday because we like to go out and cut loose at the end of the week too. Big whoop. Wanna fight
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Monday, Feb 13, 2017
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Wherein We Thank the Snowpocalypse for Taking a Night Off
Matthew

If you drive a plow and live in the Northeast, the last few days have been what you await eagerly every year. For the other 98.3% of us, they've been a hellacious vortex of broken ice scrapers, broken snow shovels, and - on that one stretch of (Route) 128 at least - a lot of broken cars. We've already been hit with almost two feet and more is on the way. It's eerily similar to that spate of storms that descended on New England two years ago right about this time and, honestly, could not come at a worse time given the current ruling class's views on climate change and science in general. In truth, it's my fault, as I have tempted fate too many times by joking about how I basically missed that
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Monday, Feb 06, 2017
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And There Weren't Even Any Questions About the Patriots or Lady Gaga!
Matthew

A lot can happen in a week and, in the case of this small corner of these United States, in the time since the last quiz and tonight's quiz - at, as always, True West Brewery in Acton, MA - history has born witness to the end of any lingering dispute as to who is the greatest signal-caller in NFL history and, likewise, the greatest coach in the history of the league as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots overcame an astonishing 25-point deficit in Super Bowl LI to capture the fifth title in franchise history, all under Brady and Belichick's stewardship, in its record ninth trip to the Big Game. Brady set a record for passing yards in a Super Bowl (well over 450, including
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Monday, Jan 30, 2017
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A Plea for SAnitY
Matthew

Before I get into the usual blog post running down the quiz and talking about the 8 great teams that participated tonight, I want to take a moment to be "real." If that's not your thing, that's totally cool and you're welcome to scroll down a bit. It will be pretty obvious, don't worry. Anyway, for those of you who decided to stick around and see what all this "realness" is that I'm going to get with, thanks and I hope you get something out of it. I'm not generally one to get political and this blog will be no different. But I feel compelled to say a few words about what's going on in the world around us, specifically within the confines of the United States of America. Look, I'm not
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