Archive for February, 2010

Amelia – Lost Again!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

It’s been a hell of a week, gang. The server which hosts my website and Email went down for a couple of days, and that just will not do – my contact address is now “shanrockstrivia@gmail.com.” I had lost quite a bit of information once everything was “restored,” so if anyone sent me an Email in the last week or so that needs my attention, please contact me again. Also, some loser broke into my car and got away with my winter coat, my quiz kit . . . and 37 cents (he’s not a very good crook, is he?)! So if you see a turd walking around in an Amelia Earhart jacket, timing things with my green stopwatch, and writing strongly worded letters with whisper paper & ShanRock’s Triviology pens, please do tell him that I’d like a word with him.
On to more pressing issues of the day and age . . . The Clash of The Trivia Titans! This annual Triviology tournament will be held on Sunday, February 28th, which is also the end of the winter Olympics, so you have no excuse not to attend! I’ll award tons of different prizes and engraved trophies, and in fact, everyone will get ShanRock’s Triviology beer cozy just for playing! Absolutely anyone is invited to play in this two-tiered competition, even if you’ve never played or won before. The first competition, The Olympian Open, will kick off about 5:30. There will be multiple prizes and trophies awarded after this quiz, but only the champion team will continue as the wild card seed in the Titan Invitaional, which will start about 8:00. Here are the teams who have thus far qualified as “Titans” (by winning 12 or more quizzes in the past year) for the 2010 tournament:
I Smell A Clambake
Todd Bridges of Madison County

*Olympian Open Champion (Insert your name here!)

I know that there are a couple of other teams on the brink of qualifying, and you may indeed keep racking up wins until the very last quiz before the tournament (I recommend Ella Street Social Club, Wxyz, and Kenton Club, as they are the most sparsely attended these days). If you think your team name should be on this list, let me know – I won’t leave anyone out! Check out the Hall of Fame to tally up your team wins. By the way, it doesn’t matter if you play under a different team name every time you make the trivia – the wins still count. This is why we record each winning “team captain” each quiz – so that you can mix up your team name and members to your heart’s desire!

Not every trophy awarded  at The COTT will be determined on the quizzery battlefield – YOU will soon vote for your Favorite Venue, Best Bartender, Favorite Foes, Best Shit-Talkers, and The Underdog Award (for that cute little team that never seems to win). You can vote one of two ways – you may either complete an online survey I will send out later this week, or you may fill out a hard copy ballot at a quiz night.

Congratulations to V-Formation, who dominated the competition at my pre-Super Bowl sports quiz, and to The Gutless, Yellow, Pie-Slingers, who successfully went Back To The Future at a recent lunar quiz! By the way, if you’re reading this, Down With Skip-Bo . . . you left before claiming your prize as highest per capita team at B2TF night – I owe you Bourne Trilogy DVDs!

Upcoming special events:
Sunday, Feb. 28th (w/ShanRock)
*Olympian Open at 5:30; Titan Invitational at 8:00
Canuck Quizzery!
Monday, Mar. 1st @ 7:00
Ella Street Social Club (w/Margaret)
*Challenge your knowledge of The Great White North!
Oscar Quiz Night!
Sunday, Mar. 7th @ 3:30
East Burn (w/ShanRock)
*Stick around to watch the Academy Awards after the quiz!


Triviology champions for the week of 2/7/10 – 2/11/10:

Sunday @ 6:00

1800 E. Burnside
STILL, WHERE DID THE TRIVIA COME FROM?

Monday @ 7:00

714 SE 20th Place
MOTHERS OF RETENTION

Monday @ 8:00

2221 SE Hawthorne

Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/cash prizes & ShanRock!)
4901 SE Hawthorne
SO-CRATES

Tuesday @ 8:00
9920 NE Cascades Parkway
TUMBLEWEEDS

Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
ASTRONAUTS OF TERROR

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
DOLPHIN KILL

Wednesday @ 8:00
5701 NE Fremont
KRAKEN II: ELECTRIC BUGALOO

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
PIMP STICKS

Thursday @ 9:00
Thanks for playing with me, everybody!

Your trivia jockey,

Shannon Donaldson
ShanRock’s Triviology
(503) 957-7806


“Materialism is a disease of the mind starved for ideas.” -Jacob Needleman

Back To The Future Quiz Night!

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Great Scott – it’s time to go Back to the Future! Here are your instructions: drive at exactly 88 mph until you reach Peter’s 19th Hole. You will arrive by 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 6th . . . but the year will be 1985!! I recommend wearing a protective down ski vest. Scott will be your “Doc” for the night, guiding you through the quizzery, and challenging your knowledge of the B2TF trilogy (but focusing on the first film). After the quiz, everyone will be safely delivered back to 2010, and the champion team will win a trophy and gift certificates to the bar. As an extra prize, we will also give out “flipper discs” of the Bourne triology – DVD on one side and Blu-Ray on the other! It remains to be seen who will win these strange, futuristic items – I have a feeling that they might be awarded to the Triviologists with the best costumes . . .
The weekend quizzery doesn’t end there, folks! On Sunday, I will host a pre-Super Bowl sports quiz from 1 – 3 on SuperBowl Sunday at the Rialto! The trivia will cover mulitple sports topics, and the champion team wins a trophy, and a $50 gift certificate to Rialto ($20 for 2nd place, $10 for 3rd). The quiz will of course be over before kick-off, so stick around and watch the game while enjoying happy hour food and drink prices if you wish. After the game, I will still host my standard Triviology at East Burn at 6:00.
I can’t believe that only three weeks remain until the Clash of the Trivia Titans 2010 – I’ve got a lot of work to do! Prizes to buy, trophies to engrave (nice ones – not the cheapies I give away at lunar quizzes), scarves to knit (badges of honor for the Titan champions), shwag items to order (for everybody who participates!). Next week I will also send out a survey for you to complete – it is not I, but YOU who will decide who gets trophies for Best Bartender, Favorite Venue, Best Shit-Talkers, Favorite Foe, and Underdog Team, so be thinking about who deserves these accolades. Also, for those of you that are eager to unseat perennial Best Costume champions Nomi Malone Dance Academy, prepare to present your team in any way you see fit at the “half-time show.” It could be as simple as saying “hooray for our team!,” or it could get as elaborate as the grand finale of Xanadu.
I have created a COTT 2010 page laying out the details of this year’s Clash, but please feel free to call or Email me with any questions at all. In short, it is a two-tiered tournament, with back-to-back quizzes. The first quiz, The Olympian Open (held at 5:30), is open to absolutely anyone who wants to play, and the champion team goes up against the Titan teams as a wild card seed in the second quiz, the Titan Invitational (held at 8:00). Titan teams are those who have won at least 12 times at ANY of my quizzes, lunar or otherwise, in the preceding “trivia season,” which is the whole year since the last COTT. By the way, if you think you qualify as a Titan, and we haven’t spoken yet, contact me for confirmation – check out the Hall of Fame for the listing of 2009 champions. If you are chomping at the bit to be a Titan, you still have lots of chances to qualify – your best bets for winning are at Ella Street Social Club, Wxyz, and Kenton Club. Also, remember that if you play at all 10 of my venues, you have earned The Dekageddon, which adds one (and only one!) tally point to your wins for the season. Mind you, being an Olympian participant is MORE desirable in a way – the Olympian champions will win twice as much stuff as anybody else!
A few words about looking like a champion – first, if you want a ShanRock’s Triviology T-shirt (high quality, pre-shrunk, American Apparel, baby!) with your team name on it for only $16, let me know this week! I don’t need the money in advance, but I do need to know for sure that you want them, so that we have plenty of time to make them for you. You don’t want the Friends of Dean Martinez to be the only team looking all good, do you?!?

Speaking of champions, check out the sweet Gryffindor Firebolt (the trophy broom) & The Quidditch Cup, hoisted by the Harry Potter quiz champs, Get These Motherfuckin’ Snapes Off My Motherfuckin’ Nimbus 2000!

Upcoming special events:
Sunday, Feb. 28th (w/ShanRock)
*Olympian Open at 5:30; Titan Invitational at 8:00
Oscar Quiz Night!
Sunday, Mar. 7th
East Burn (w/ShanRock)
*Stick around to watch the Academy Awards after the quiz!


Triviology champions for the week of 1/31/10 – 2/4/10:

Sunday @ 6:00

1800 E. Burnside
TODD BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Monday @ 7:00 *Harry Potter Quiz Night!

714 SE 20th Place
GET THESE MOTHERFUCKIN’ SNAPES OFF MY MOTHERFUCKIN NIMBUS 2000!

Monday @ 8:00

2221 SE Hawthorne

TEAM EVIL JESUS


Tuesday @ 7:30
Sewickly’s (w/cash prizes & ShanRock!)
4901 SE Hawthorne
THERE’S NO “I” IN “MEAT”

Tuesday @ 8:00
9920 NE Cascades Parkway
I SMELL A CLAMBAKE

Wednesday @ 8:00
4606 NE Glisan
EL CID’S FAX MACHINE

Wednesday @ 8:00
4515 SE 41st
TEAM BRONZE
*I love it when triviologists beat the prophecy of their team name!

Wednesday @ 8:00
5701 NE Fremont
PONIES WITH AXES

Thursday @ 9:00
2025 N. Kilpatrick
PIMP STICKS

Thursday @ 9:00

Thanks for playing with me, everybody!

Your trivia jockey,

Shannon Donaldson
ShanRock’s Triviology
(503) 957-7806


“Materialism is a disease of the mind starved for ideas.” -Jacob Needleman