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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
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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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


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Cactus Grill & Cantina
11 Raymond St
Potsdam, NY
13676
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Same…Stuff, Different Hashtag
John

  Every table in the Cantina side of the Cactus Grill was packed! For the second week in a row I printed exactly enough visual rounds (whew!). Bartender Krisha worked her magic behind the bar tonight, pouring liquid knowledge and keeping me adequately moistened in today’s humidity. Senior Quizmaster Jason joined up with kilt-clad BROWN as he does when he’s not up here doing the hard work, and was crucial in taking pictures & reading back answers while I scored all your answers. I’ve been pleased to see several new faces such as Smart Garfunkel and the majority
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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, Jan 18, 2017
[Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm]
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Comin' in hot from the ice storm
John

Twelve (and, for a short while, thirteen) teams braved this morning’s ice storm to heat up the Cactus Grill this evening! New faces and familiar veterans packed the bar, with a few squads testing the limits of how many chairs could fit around our teeny tiny table tops. Bartender Krisha kept our glasses full, Senior Quizmaster Jason spent the night hiding from the icy doom of the Elm Street commute, so it was up to me to keep the show rolling. Tonight’s questions challenged everyone tonight. This week one-man-army BROWN stood alone at the bottom of the first with a perfect answer sheet. Our usual
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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, 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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I'm not fat; I'm retaining awesome!


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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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I'm not fat; I'm retaining awesome!


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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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I'm not fat; I'm retaining awesome!


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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