Monday, June 06, 2005

drink beer, win valuable prizes

When I lived in Memphis, several lifetimes ago, I used to work for the weekly paper there, writing book reviews and answering random telephones. Twice a month, a group of folks from the Flyer (the weekly paper) would get together at a cozy little crosstown bar named Kudzu's to mentally duke it out against teams from competing media entities, including the daily newspaper and a couple of local TV news stations. It was kinda like Trivial Pursuit, except that each team took turns writing the questions themselves. Also, there was no board or anything. And, needless to say, copious amounts of beer were involved. I was hopelessly outclassed most nights, but it was the mid-nineties in the South, so if it was my turn and I had no clue whatsoever, I could always shout out "Bill Clinton" and have at least a 50% chance of being right.

It was a pleasant way to spend the evening, and a good way to blow off a little competitive steam, too. (And it was only a little bit like Quiz Night from "The Office", in the most benign way possible.)

I've been a little homesick lately, and Memphis has been on my mind a lot. I've also been feeling the lack of any kind of significant peer group here in little Roslindale, and I suspect that there may be others out there like me who would enjoy an excuse for a regular neighborhood get-together.

So, never one to sit around and mope for long (well, not too long, anyway), I'm attempting to recreate (loosely) the glory of times past: I'm putting together a trivia night of my own. It'll be at Doyle's, in JP, but conveniently close to Rozzie, too. If you're not doing anything this Wednesday, why not come on down for a fun-filled battle of wits and beer? (That's "battle of wits", along with beer. There will be no beer battling. At least as far as I know.) It promises to be good, dorky fun for everyone involved. It looks like about 10 people are in for sure so far, but the more we have, the better it will be. And if you have no idea what the answer is, you can always shout "Bill Clinton."

Hope to see you there.


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