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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Good Night and Good Luck, Bartender Liam
John

It’s a tale as old as time. I “jokingly” say that Potsdam’s winters last for 6 months and that spring in the North Country consists entirely of the month of May. As foretold by prophecy, today the mercury hit the 80s and the era of short shorts & skirts arrives just in time for both of our local colleges to let out. SUNY Potsdam graduates this weekend, and a few of our teams came out for one last hurrah. Thankfully the Cactus Grill turned off the overhead heater, the “blazing Mexican sun,” in the parlance of a few of my past team names. Bartender Liam graced us with his presence for the first time in
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Congratulations Clarkson!
John

This week's Quiz landed on the last day of Clarkson's spring semester. Typically after we wrap up, the Cactus Grill gradually empties until it's just me, Bartender Krisha, a few staff, and maybe a customer or two. Tonight though, hordes of Clarkson seniors came out for margarita & Corona specials, the free salsa bar, and the opening of the roof for late-night. It's not every day that I have to wade through a mob to leave! Extra special shout-outs to Anna, Alec, Delaney, Breanna, KC, Sky-Lynn, and the rest of the Cactus crew for going full beast-mode through a crowded house to keep everyone fed & liquored! My
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Heard ya missed me…
Jason

…I’m back!   When “I woke up and everything works” is an accomplishment, you know you’re getting older. That’s okay. Bartender Krisha has my back.   Quizmaster John caught the plague (damn you, Jackson!), so I was back behind the mic again tonight!   Players, you were all overt the place tonight, making any kind of prediction near impossible. I wanted to pick an early winner, a dark horse… NOPE. You weren’t having it. The sheer number of ties at the halfway point had my cackles raised. But you. You must hate me or something.   At
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Back in the Saddle Again
John

I took a staycation last week, leaving Senior Quizmaster Jason in charge and reminding all the other teams why they were so glad to see me ascend to the Quizmaster position last October. Spring showed up in full force this week, which means for the next 6 months I’ll be pouring even more than my usual quantities of sweat. I suspect my perspiration is what kept the microphone glitching. Some of our old-school regulars took the night off, but we still had plenty of familiar faces in the crowd. Props to: -BROWN, Jackson, Stepdad Jordan, and Taylor for joining forces to build the ultimate
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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IllumiNaughty
Jason

It’s been awhile since I’ve been behind the mic. Quizmaster John has been taking good care of you, though. I know. Mostly because I still attend weekly, but also, because of my omniscience. I am who am.   Not really, but my god complex sometimes needs to rear its ugly head. And also. I attend weekly.   But… many of these things that you take for granted every week were once science fiction… now they’re science fact!   We can rename all of our photos with a single click, play 2 rounds of audio clips using only a keyboard, and regale you with a recording of my singing a Jimmy
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Soundtracks Curated For My Pleasure
John

Of course Syria was in the news this week, and of course I had a hot track perfect for the occasion, special thanks to an old-skool Geeks teammate of yesteryear, Jon: “Bombs Over Syria” by Spose, a Maine rapper who basically went through most of Outkast’s catalogue and put together a tribute album, titled “Dankonia” for what should be obvious reasons.I’m pretty receptive to requests, as Bartender Krisha, Anna, Stepdad Jordan, Taylor, and Jackson
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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April Showers
John

  After two weeks of Clarkson then SUNY Potsdam’s vacations, April brings us back to our regularly scheduled packed dining room! Spring has finally arrived in the North Country (for now) and I am back to my regularly scheduled profuse sweating at Quizmaster Central. Due to a sooner or later round and our answer clips for Round 2, we ran a little late tonight, but y’all (well, most of y’all) faithfully stuck it out until the end. We welcomed several new teams, many newfound regulars, and of course our die-hards. Two of our newfound regular teams cut off Taylor and Megan and Annie’s bid for a second-place
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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"Where's Opus?"
John

A perfectly valid question when your visual round revolves around penguins that I’ve mostly never seen before and could only hazard a guess at maybe two, three tops. But that’s why I had movie buffs on the team back when I played on the regular. SUNY Potsdam has the week off and this week’s attendance was living proof of how much the Bears bring to the table here at the Cactus Grill. The crowd was just as lively as usual though and Bartender Krisha kept the drinks pouring. As I mentioned at Quiz back in February, my day job entails teaching teenagers with autism for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, and many of you eagerly
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Ask the Quizmaster: #1
John

Q. "Quizmaster John, how do you consistently put together such universally appealing and enjoyable musical selections week after week?" A. Glad you asked! Here is Quizmaster John's Guaranteed Formula for Universal Playlist Satisfaction:  -Scan the Quiz on Tuesday night to find references to songs or artists in the questions -If they’ve sent me nothing clever to riff on, pick out some songs I like from Round 2 -Beastie Boys ‘cuz that’s how Bartender Krisha likes it -Whatever sounds catchy on the radio (especially if I’m passing through more densely-populated airwaves) -Songs I
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Is That All You Got, Stella‽‽
John

I thought walking across town last week in the deceptively chilly wind and my shorts was rough. Then we got our annual mid-March blizzard! Nothing like a foot & change of snow and some occasionally-plowed sidewalks/streets to make me appreciate last week’s windy but precipitation-free commute. The regional state of emergency clearly had everyone feeling some cabin fever because HOLY CRAP tonight was the biggest turnout I’ve seen as a host! Bartender Krisha and our servers Delaney and Madison fulfilled everyone’s immediate needs for food & drink and deftly navigated our packed house. Quizmaster
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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On This Week’s Episode of Murphy’s Law
John

Car troubles compelled me to walk to Quiz this evening.  I arrived on the scene and soon realized our supply drop from GWD central hadn’t arrived yet. Worse yet, I’d left the pencil box in my back seat! Would we have enough answer sheets? Pencils? Luckily Senior Quizmaster Jason had a reserve of the retro sheets, but you people still needed something—anything!—to write with. I showed Jason all the back streets between here and my not-so-secret disclosed-to-some HQ, grabbed the pencils, raced across town, fell up the stairs, and we still started on time. Tonight Bartender Krisha was joined at her battle station with her new trainee
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017
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THIS IS WHY GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS DRINK
John

Y’all really know how to subject a Quizmaster to a rollercoaster of emotion. I typically pinch one of the retro-style answer sheets I threw at you this week (due to a shipping error we are currently overstocked with Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Men, and out of our fancy glossy answer booklets shipped in from GWD HQ) and put together a quick answer key for the answers. When I started this week’s answer key, we had about two or three partially-populated tables; by the time I was done every table was fully occupied with (by my count) ten teams ready to rumble! Latecomers had to flock to the bar. I’ll just take a moment to air my undisguised
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
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TAINTed Love and other Perineum Favorites
Jason

There’s something special about standing in front of a crowded room and talking about crotch infections. (while drinking beer and fighting a chest cold and getting paid)   Apparently, today was also National Margarita Day. When your venue’s Mexican themed, that means a metric shit-ton of patrons and players! That said, the way to Quizmaster Jason’s heart is not through promises of porn and kicking ass (yes, a team that left early handed in a slip with their number and promises of the above). It’s also not through Margaritas. QM Jason is battling a chest cold, and while hopped up on cold medicine, anything
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Lupercalia Edition
John

  It finally happened. My perfect record is destroyed.   After ten years of successfully emptying my pockets every time I ran a load of laundry, my almost-indestructible flippy phone did not survive its maiden voyage through my washing machine this week. And so I decided to bite the bullet and join the 21st century, kicking and screaming the whole way. Smartphones are the devil's playthings. In fact, about half of this blog was typed by thumbs on a comically tiny screen!   Tonight my corner of the Cactus Grill enjoyed some extra intimate
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017
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How Can This Week Possibly Get Any Better?
John

  What a week Geeks fam! My hands are still shaking as I type this. First we had [THPORTHZZZZ!] the biggest Super Bowl comeback in history in the first Super Bowl overtime in history by the now-unquestionably greatest quarterback/Time Lord in NFL history on [/THPORTHZZZZ!] my birthday, then a packed house for Quiz, then Bartender Krisha earned my undying respek by ensuring my Captain-and-Diet never stayed empty. And then…and then…AN DEN! A TRIPLE TIE FOR SECOND. You read that right. A deceptively difficult “Duh!” round, followed by an unusually brutal music round (only one double-digit score on
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Questions That I Always Answer “Yes” To
John

The early-semester honeymoon is over and our team count moved closer to the average tonight accordingly. Bartender Krisha ensured we lived up to our name, Jackson kept us well-fed, and Senior Quizmaster Jason ensured we finished on time by reading back answers while I scored. Our might-as-well-be-official new house champions Wildcard Bitches! YEEHAW! couldn’t be beaten, securing an early lead and tenaciously holding it all evening. At halftime I was positively thrilled by the prospect of emceeing my first dance-off as Quizmaster, between Do You Want A Handie In A Corolla? and We
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Cactus Grill All-Time Dance-Off Champion (8-1); Captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history (2015 Rochester Rumble in the Pub champions); recently promoted to Quizmaster; everything else: CLASSIFIED