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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Apr 24, 2017
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"A GROUP OF CAT OWNERS"
Chris

Shouts to hangovers! How’s that for an opening? Not actually thaaaaaat hungover, but it was a great night even if I don’t have a headache big enough to use as a metric of “quality”.   Y’all get your Record Store Day on out there this past weekend? I work part time at a place that slings vinyl, so it was a busy set of days leading up to the big day. RSD is pretty much Christmas for wax fanatics, and record stores are like the North Pole and I was one of the many little elves doing their part to make sure the presents got under the tree. Or something. Anyway, I managed to
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Apr 17, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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“I’m not angry... I’m just... disappointed”
Chris

Why can’t I break up with Adam Sandler? Like just about everyone else, I have a soft spot in my heart for Opera-Man and Happy Gilmore and the Hanukkah Song and The Wedding Singer, but good lord. Are those bright spots really worth still hoping that he gets it together and starts hitting the same handful of high bars we all know he’s capable of? Yeah, Funny People was long, but Sandler nailed the complexity of that character. Yes, that’s not saying much since it was damn near autobiographical, but still, the guy can flex his muscles when he wants to. Don’t believe me? Check out Punch-Drunk Love. He crushed it!  
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Apr 10, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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It's more than just the 'Pretty Good' Dane
Christian

The Great Dane Downtown is a good pub quiz bar for several reasons. The food and beer are very solid, but it's their status as a Madison landmark that really kicks things off. When people come into town for business, they typically get directed here (or the Old Fashioned. Or the Tipsy Cow. Listen, Madison has no shortage of great places to get beer and fried dairy).   So the bulk of our teams hailed from out of state tonight, assumedly because Epic has a thing, and they basically run this town (non-university division). They did pretty well, too! One 15-person group split into three teams, one of which rallied to a second-place finish, then got elevated to top
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I use antlers in all of my decorating.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Apr 03, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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Duke Is PUKE!
Chris

The bar at the Great Dane is copper. It looks gorgeous, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t make my hands smell like pennies when I get home every night. Little bit of old Abraham Lincoln to take home with me every Monday night.   OK, so lemme tell y’all something. I’m a fraud. I’m a fake. I’m a joke. I came in second place in my workplace NCAA tournament bracket, and I work at the newspaper so there were a few folks in the mix with me who write about sports For A Living. The thing is, I came in second place based on a horrible miscarriage of all things good and holy.
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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NOBODY PUTS BABY IN AN OVEN
Chris

So much happens at the quiz each night that I tend to forget pretty much any and all of the questions that I ask over the course of the night. Eight rounds, eight questions each, minus the two rounds of audio stuff and the visual round and you still end up with 40 or so scenarios that I present to the assembled masses, but try as I might every morning the day after I sit here and try to remember pretty much any question and it takes me forever to get the memories in order and settled enough to put my finger on one or two to reference.   Ok, it’s all lining up now. The coffee is kicking in and
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Mar 20, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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Stooged
Chris

How do you even talk about Iggy Pop and manage to ground your shit in any sense of reality? Iggy Pop was the lead singer of The Stooges who were one of the most ramshackle groups in the history of rock and roll, and he’s pretty much the maidenhead on the SS Detroit Insanity. They recorded three albums before cracking up, The Stooges did, and they’re flat-out untouchable. I dunno. I mean, this dude was a band that was punk rock before there was anything that even resembled punk rock, and they were out there just tearing it up and being torn up themselves along the way. Iggy took and in return inflicted so much abuse and somehow managed to come out
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Mar 13, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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RED VAG OF COURAGE In The No. 1 Hole!
Chris

So, do I take it for granted that podcasts are this huge new thing? It’s crazy that my parents don’t listen to podcasts. Like, I have these crazy lefty political conversations with my dad where we’re both on the same side of everything, but his side comes from newspapers and mine comes from podcasts and magazines and it’s so wonderful, but explaining to him what a podcast is for some reason feels like I’m pulling teeth. This American Life found its voice while it was on terrestrial radio, but for the longest time was the most downloaded podcast every week, if only
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Mar 06, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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DILDO SCHWAGGINS COMING FROM BEHIND
Chris

It’s been a long damn time since I played with Legos, but I’m back in the fold as of a week ago. Like most kids worth a damn, I have fond memories of reaching into massive tubs of multi-colored bricks to make lots of crazy shit that was of dubious structural integrity, but it’s been close to two decades since I messed with them whatsoever. In that time I thought that the company had maybe gone a bit off the deep end with their branded sets which looked cool but cost half of a rent payment.   On an impulse, I snatched up a couple of the three-in-one sets while I was accompanying a friend
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Feb 20, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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“MY HEART IS GOLD..."
Chris

Ugh, normally one of my favorite parts of the Geeks Who Drink gig is being able to be on the mic all night, chattering away and shootin the breeze, but last night was rough. I assume it’s allergies, although it may be that I’m getting sick, but I was stuffed up out the wazoo yesterday and blew my nose about a hundred times across my weekly two hour quiz-time fandango. All snot-nosed and sounding like a cartoon fat-person with my sinuses jacked way up. Boo to that, I say! I came home and did the neti-pot thing, and that helped a little bit, but then it’s just laying on your back all night with the insides of your nostrils getting gross and crusty
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Feb 13, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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"Hi-Tech Hearts"
Chris

As far as holidays go, you can easily argue that Valentine’s Day is fairly frivolous. Cynics point out that it’s just another excuse for big greeting card companies and flower sellers to push their goods on the otherwise unsuspecting and altogether complicit masses, and they’re not wrong. But, they miss the larger point, perhaps. Setting aside days for reflection is far from a bad thing to do, and St. Valentine’s Day is just one such day where we can focus ourselves inward at how we process romance. Also, candy. Lots of candy. Last night at the quiz we were given a few
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Feb 06, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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∞INFINITY∞BOOBS∞
Chris

Ugh, how do we all feel about working out? Is it just for jocks, or is it part of the normal thing that you do as an adult? Is there a middle ground? I grew up being pretty derisive of anyone who was overly “able” in their physicality, which is to say anyone who, for example, knew how much they could bench press. That mentality dribbled down over years and years and has been applied in a general way to be applied to any and all exercise, which I think I need to get over. I can no longer look at random joggers and think that they may be running but they’re still running towards a grave like everyone else.
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Jan 30, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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Hashtag Team Skeet, FTW
Chris

In the wake of rump’s election, I have given reasonable amounts of money to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as upgrading my subscriber status at the Washington Post and Slate. I’m not saying that as a means of patting myself on the back. Hell, I wish I could do more. Next paycheck I, a chubby white dude, will probably buy his damn self a membership in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But, you know what? I have no idea if I will ever straight up subscribe to a porn network, and that’s some bullshit.
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Jan 23, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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The Trump presidency may be the best thing to ever happen to pub quiz names
Christian

I knew as soon as it popped up on my Twitter feed. My week was going to be mostly "alternative facts" references. Great Dane, you didn't disappoint. You never do.   Five of our 14 teams tonight were political references, three of whom went right to Sean Spicer's defining moment.    Holy shit. The guy already has a defining moment. He's literally been on the job four days. Jesus.   Anyway, those teams all finished in a three-way tie for first with an impressive 112 points apiece.But the liberal media won't tell you that. Sad! Instead, they'll probably try to convince you that Alternate Facts
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I use antlers in all of my decorating.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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RUNAWAY BUCKEYES, FTW!
Chris

Ugh. It has been pissing rain in Madison for the past week or so. Not non stop, but way more than anyone has any reason to expect for this time of year. I mean, no one thinks “Yeah, the middle of January in central Wisconsin, it’s gonna be a sheet of ice” so I was surprised when we had something close to a full house down in the Great Dane basement for the quiz tonight. Blindsided is a bit much, but not far from the truth. I was prepared for eight teams, thinking I had over prepared, so when we had nine show up it was officially a good night. Who’s gonna get upset about that? Not this guy.  
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Jan 02, 2017
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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I CAN'T EVEN
Chris

Resolutions are a tricky thing. I rarely make them with any actual seriousness, but it's still hard to not use this time of year as a moment to assess the year that came, and the year that is presently upon us. All the things I would want for myself are sort of nebulous in their grandiosity. Who wouldn't like to be happier, healthier, more financially stable, or all around wiser? In general those are the goals, right? I dunno about you but I already spend much of the year fretting about those bits and pieces of my existential being and have seen only minimal shifts towards the positive so one extra day of bonus focus is unlikely to help too much but you do you, by all means.
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Just a North Carolina boy eating and drinking his way through Wisconsin one day at a time.


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The Great Dane (Downtown)
123 E Doty St
Madison, WI
53703
Monday, Dec 26, 2016
[Mondays @ 8:30 pm]
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The Role of Christmas in a Dysfunctional Family
Nathan

Did you survive time with your family? I’ll say barely. Every time my family gets together, especially for a holiday; it’s a wonderful time consisting of roasting each other and overblown emotional reactions. O cant imagine what these times would be like if we added alcohol. We are an atypical Wisconsin family in that regard. Personally, I think that alcohol would help for a short while, until the spite arrives in our comments.   This year’s assorted comments included: my mothers desire to not wear bras while at home; who is at fault for burning the pizza, how taking the garbage out before it is full is wasteful of the garbage bag; hoarding (of seasonal
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