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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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“Louisiana” is Hard to Say After “Arkansas” (and 4 Beers)
Jason

QM John has been taking the brunt of all things quiz recently while I adjust to my triumphant return to the working world. (After 3 years of working evenings and weekends, sandwiched between two bouts of unemployment, I’m back to the 9-5 grind!) Tonight marked my first night on the mic since before the holidays and I missed it! It was good to be back doing things like trolling you with music and inciting small riots. I like to claim it’s all about the entertainment, but we all know it’s the power trip.   Lots of familiar faces, a few new faces, and a bunch of old regulars (Tony! What?) were in the house and ready to quiz!
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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new year who dis
John

Happy new year everybody! During our extended break (you’ll have to wait until next December for the awesome Christmas playlist I curated before I found out we were off for the 21st), I trained our newest Quizmaster, so if Wednesdays aren’t enough to slake your competitive thirst, go check out how Quizmaster Mike runs his show on Mondays at Skewed Brewing in Watertown, or Thursdays at The Hops Spot in Sackets Harbor (link unavailable as GWD apparently doesn't believe their venue exists. But
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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, Dec 14, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Bernie Sanders Still Bae
John

  Neither cold nor snow nor finals week could deter old friends and new from coming out for Quiz in Potsdam this week! A fully packed house made for a great evening. Bartender Anna kept everyone properly lubricated while Servers Meghan & Jackson fed the masses. After last week’s technical difficulties resulting from the awful hardware configuration that is the iPhone (proprietary headphone jack design for protective cases is the devil’s madness), I made sure to download a copy of Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” in order to troll Annie every week she shows up until I quit Quizmastering or the end of
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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, Dec 07, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Postmodern Jukebox is good and all but Pitbull tho
John

I got a real charge out of the concept of a sweet potato clock. But I was shocked to discover that at least half the teams flubbed electrical terminology. Revolted, even. Senior Quizmaster Jason took the week off to play Quiz tonight with All His Friends (though I did put him to work on photography and reading back answers). He proved his honesty by trailing the field from the first round, though he like every other team were able to solve the mystery of the visual round. Good Morning, That’s a Nice TNETENNBA
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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, Nov 30, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Heard ya missed me… I’m back!
Jason

Quizmaster John took the helm for a couple of weeks while I attended an Arlo Guthrie concert and then trekked to PA to celebrate Thanksgiving in the greater Philadelphia area. All reports said he did a good job, so the only beatings that may commence will be voluntary. With QM John out of town this week, I took back the reins and rode ‘em hard! (with the obligatory fat jokes, “that’s what she said”s, and repetitive humor - “penal” - that I know you expect and missed oh-so-much (ymmv)).   For some unbeknownst reason, it occurred to me that in the 9 years since I left PA, that this recent visit was my
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Long Time No C
John

Quiz night tends to ebb and flow with the holidays. This time last year Stepdad Jordan, Zac, and I were sitting at the bar discussing the very real possibility that we would be the only team to show. When Senior Quizmaster Jason expressed his uncertainty about how to proceed (would Quiz be canceled? Would we win by default?), we assured him that as a worst-case scenario, the three of us would splinter off into one-man armies and determine once and for all the heaviest hitter of our self-described “Power Tripod.” But just in the nick of time—less than five minutes before game time—Heather’s and
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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, Nov 16, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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IF GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX, WHY AM I WEARING SHORTS IN NOVEMBER?
John

It’s not just because I have a strict no-pants-until-there’s-snow-on-the-ground policy. It has been almost uncomfortably warm for this time of year. Back in my day, snow started falling around Halloween and didn’t stop until SUNY Potsdam’s graduation ceremony! Several new teams joined the familiar bands of rascals that typically come out for our Wednesday festivities. Bartender Robbie Stanley kept us properly lubricated, Server KC fed the masses, Server Meghan from Lick Her Shitter Like An Apple Fritter took the night off to celebrate her 21st birthday, and Quizmaster
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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, Nov 09, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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DAMN THE TORPEDOES! FULL SPEED AHEAD!
John

Geeks HQ sent down an alternate quiz this morning. Reviewing the round themes (“Puppies or Kittens?” “Lollipops!” etc.) damn near gave me the diabeetus. I’ve been in this town long enough to know that Potsdam is made of tougher stuff, so your Quizmasters decided to roll forward with the original rounds, full of slams against our new orange overlord. As our regulars and a few new faces piled into the Cantina, Bartender Krisha kept everyone properly hydrated, and K.C. and Anna kept everyone well fed throughout the evening. Senior Quizmaster Jason insists that the crowd seemed gloomier than
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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, Nov 02, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Juice Will Be Wheezed
Jason

It isn’t often that I get to play the quiz, but when I do, you can be assured that when I don’t know an answer, the answer is always Encino Man. I don’t know why, it’s just a goofy thing I do. Mind you, it’s one of my all-time favorite movies, a list filled with selections from (in no particular order) Kevin Smith (Dogma, 1999), Ishirô Honda (Gojira, 1954), George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, 1968), and Jim Sharman (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975). A list, now that I look at it, that’s addled with camp, both intended and unintentional. But, I digress… after several years of both playing
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Great Misadventures in Jokering
John

The North Country kindly reminded us of the arrival of autumn this week.  I walked in shivering and by the time the quiz started I was sweating. And then y’all brought the heat with a hard-fought contest featuring some of the most difficult questions I’ve seen all year! Tonight we were blessed behind the bar with Breanna, who kept the crowd in general and your Quizmaster in particular properly lubricated all evening. Senior Quizmaster Jason played Quiz for the first time in over a year as the titular Captain Fashion and the Fashioneers, Brown pledged his one-man army to the formidable supergroup Better
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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, Oct 19, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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There's A New Sheriff In Town
John

Allow myself to introduce…myself. Quizmaster John at your service. Most of you know me as the captain of the most dominant team in Cactus Grill history for the better part of three years. Since my recent elevation to Quizmaster, my co-conspirator Stepdad Jordan is now making Daddy proud manning the helm of the ol' juggernaut. Tonight was a perfect North Country autumn evenings: warm in the daylight and chilly at night. A decent crowd of regulars tolerated the occasional hiccup, Bartender Robbie (er, Stanley? Or whatever we’re calling him tonight?) expertly lubricated the crowd, and Servers K.C. and
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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, Oct 12, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Like a Boss
Jason

QM In Training John joined me again last night to continue his training and we’re so far ahead of things that I I was able to give him the mic for the night. After walking through the pre-quiz preparations, we were able to work on some microphone and vocal techniques and even had some time to relax before the crowd arrived. Bartender Robbie on hand with cold drinks for the players and a round for us.   I’ve had the pleasure to return, in recent weeks, to a training role for the first time in a while. I always enjoyed learning, solving problems, and fixing things, which likely led to my twenty-some years in technical support
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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I Need Ham, Stat!
Jason

Another week, another mispronounced name. Apologies, Jason Statham. I’ve only ever read your name. In fact, I’m prone to that quite a bit. I don’t watch a fair amount of news or media, I’m way more of a reader of such things. Mind you, I have nothing against video - I watch films and tv shows regularly - I just tend to prefer reading my news - be it world, national, or current events, or just entertainment news.   Living in an internet-only household for the better part of the last 16 years has definitely had an influence on my habits. We can’t just turn on the evening news or switch to one of the (*shudder*) 24-hour
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Occupational Hazards
Jason

During our Bonus rounds, you can win a free beer by being the first to bring me the correct answer. This usually leads to a mad dash to get there first and spawned my overused “paper cuts on my face are an occupational hazard” joke. It’s fun, we get a chance to get out of our seats. And aside from the occasional mad dash, you’re all good sports!   I get all manner of answer sheets. I get some pretty fantastic doodles from time to time, I get jokes and witty answers. Hell, I’ve even been mocked by team names. It’s all part of the fun. I get answer sheets covered in everything from beer to salsa. I’ve had answer sheets delivered
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Hello, Autumn!
Jason

It’s my favorite time of year. The cool, crisp weather invigorates my energy levels that have been sapped by summer’s heat and humidity. Lush forests of green turn themselves into a kaleidoscope of fiery colors. Hallowe’en promises parties, candy binges, and lofty ideas for a great costume (…that usually end with me throwing something half-assed together at the last minute anyway). It’s time for rich, hearty roasts and stews made in a slow cooker. And yes, it’s time for pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING! Keep hating, pumpkin spice haters. I don’t care. I have no shame for my love of “the spice.” Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clove…
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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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From Student to Sensei…
Jason

Last night, we had the pleasure of welcoming QM Bryn to the Cactus Grill & Cantina. Bryn is a Geeks Who Drink Quizmaster-in-Training, who basically went directly from admissions to finals. She’s a champ! After my introductions and a couple of rounds, Bryn took the mic and pretty much ran the rest of the show in addition to tackling all of the night’s scoring duties.   You, my friends, were quite receptive and respectful (unlike you are with me) and I appreciate it (both your respect for Bryn and your disrespect for me). Your feedback was welcome and positive and it won’t be long before Bryn is booking
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I'm not fat; I'm retaining awesome!