If there's one word that best describes me and my mark on the world, it's trivial. I seem to excel at specializing in
things that have no marketable value in any sphere of life outside of a TV game show.
For example, reciting all 44 U.S. presidents or Super Bowl winners (oddly enough, next month's big game also is the
44th) in order is second nature to me, while I haven't had a balanced checkbook since opening my first account at the
age of 8. And even then, I was overdrawn by 9.
Fortunately, I live in Durango, which is kind of a microcosm of my place in the world: lots of fun, a nice diversion,but really very little importance in the grand scheme of things.
And here in Durango, there are outlets for repositories of useless information like myself. With Snowdown right around
the corner, my Lady F's Lunacy team is preparing to go for an unprecedented fourth consecutive title. That competition
prevents me from entering another of my favorite Snowdown events, The Magical Musical Mystery Tour. But for trivia
buffs, both events offer an opportunity to not only display otherwise worthless intelligence, but also to be rewarded
for that knowledge with free booze.
Even more fortunately, dorks like us don't have to wait around all year to get to spill our smarts. Two local bars -
The Irish Embassy and Ska Brewing - host weekly trivia contests in the mode of the English Pub Quiz. (Apologies up
front to any Embassy folks who still hold a grudge against the U.K., but I assure you the term is descriptive and not
Both contests adroitly were scheduled on two of the traditionally slow nights in the bar business. Will Coffey and Ali
Johnson alternate host duties on Mondays at the Embassy, and Kaiya White plays emcee on Tuesdays at Ska. The formats
are similar: Teams or individuals compete against each other for the top score. The host hands out an answer sheet,asks several series of questions, usually separated by category, and the sheets are collected and graded throughout the
evening before the winner is announced at the end.
All three hosts claim similar sources for the questions, so anyone familiar with Jeopardy," Trivial Pursuit or
similar Q&A formats should have a fighting chance.
And like the Snowdown events, winners are rewarded with booze: The Embassy gives a bottle of champagne to each week's
winner and a hefty bar tab for the month's best, while Ska awards a 12-pack of its product to the weekly winner. I plan
to lean on Kaiya to offer a monthly prize, as well, which in my perfect world would be a keg, but don't hold me to that
For those disillusioned with the bar scene, a visit to either venue on Trivia Night offers a pleasant change of
scenery. Unlike a typical night on the town rubbing elbows with Durango's most prominent jerks and/or idiots, the
evenings draw a friendly, more-or-less intelligent crowd. Personally, I prefer the less-intelligent-but-still-friendly
Knowledge, as they say, may be its own end, but there's free beer at stake here. See you on the battlefield.