Category Archives: Happenings

Mother’s Day at the Rainforest Cafe


My wife took our son Avery “Lil Ace” Goodtimes to Atlantic City one day a few months ago while I was working, and she couldn’t quit talking about the Rainforest Cafe. They had walked in for just a quick look inside and Avery had been kind of spellbound by it. So I decided that we’d go there for Mother’s Day. It was gonna be nice out, so a brunch at a Rainforest Cafe and a walk on the Boardwalk seemed like a lot of fun.

We got into AC, where I haven’t been in quite some time, and I gotta say, it’s a pretty decent deal. Parking was just $10 all day, less than a block from the boardwalk! So we walked down to the beach, where Lil Ace ran wild in the sand for awhile, then walked down the Boardwalk. We were near a Guy Fieri BBQ restaurant at one of the casinos, which is unfortunately right next to the AC Korean War Memorial. Avery loves statues, so we walked over to the memorial. I’m glad I didn’t lose any relatives in that war, because hearing “Who’s ready for some lip smackin, rib ticklin’ BBQ?!!” over a loudspeaker on repeat makes it really hard to give the whole War Memorial anything other than a surreal quality. He might as well, say, “We want to honor all of the heroes at the Battle of Flavortown! Oh yeah!”

We headed into the Rainforest Cafe, and it was quite an experience. I had thought there would be like live birds and shit in there, but it wasn’t nearly that classy. They were all animatronic (<—love that word) creatures, and after receiving our passport, we were led to our section of the rainforest.

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I don’t quite know how to do the place justice, but I’ll try: there was a golden statue of what I assumed to be Atlas holding the earth on his shoulders sitting in a pond in front of a waterfall. Now what this Greek hero had to do with a rainforest, I wasn’t quite sure, but it was an impressive homage. Avery said that it was a “Ninja Warrior who fell in the water.” He stared at it for quite some time. There were mechanical gorillas in the “forest” behind some of the tables, giant butterflies on the trees that flapped their wings, and even a couple of mechanical elephants. There was a lot of smoke, fake trees, and plastic ivy was EVERYWHERE. It was also a bit dark.

We sat near the two gorillas, but still within eyeshot of Atlas holding up the earth in the fountain (Aside: Avery calls them “water mountains”. It’s so cute we don’t have the heart to correct him.) Our server, dressed like he’s prepared to lead an expedition though the rainforest, came to take our orders. Normally, I’d get a mai-tai in this situation, but this is the kind of place has laminated menus, and those places always make their drinks too sweet, so I decided on a beer instead.

The menu was laughably expensive, with stuff like $19 spaghetti. And when you go to places like this you know they’re not attracting America’s finest chefs, so it’s good strategy to order the burger. The beer was cold, the burger was fine, the gorillas were a tad underwhelming. They were pretty much shown from torso up, and they occasionally beat their chests, but it was sort of half-hearted. Like if they were real gorillas, you’d think they were kind of depressed. But there were jungle sounds playing all throughout the meal, which was kind of cool. Much better than listening to Guy Fieri talking about things sticking to your ribs.Avery eats hot dogs and stares at gorillas.

Avery eats hot dogs and stares at gorillas.

My wife asked me, “Would you rather work here or at City Tavern?” (Where, as you may or may not know, I used to work.) It was a real toss up. I mean, at the City Tavern I was forced to dress in 18th century colonial-wear and sell turkey pot pie. But there were fewer small kids running around looking at gorillas at that job, and so I’d have to lean towards City Tavern.

We exited (through the gift shop, of course) and after saying 200 times that we weren’t getting a plastic snake we headed back outdoors, got back in the car, and headed back to Philadelphia. Great day trip. Highly recommend a day in AC, and if you’ve got a 3 year old I sort of recommend a trip to the Rainforest Cafe.

13th Annual Bracket-tacular and 30% Off at Shibe Sports


Alright, gang, we’re back for the 13th year of our bracket-tacular. And this year, there’s not only great prizes, but there’s also a bonus: 30% off everything at Shibe Sports. Just go here, enter your email address, and you’ll get your 30% off code and the link to the brackets. As for prizes, this year we’ve got some good ones:

1st place wins a $100 gift certificate to Shibe Sports

2nd place gets a sampler pack from Manatwany Still Works.

3rd Place gets a $50 gift certificate to Milkboy.

And of course our annual 50th place prize, as our 50th place finisher will get a $50 gift card to Shibe.

We’ve got plenty of new stuff in in the past month. Here are a few of our news shirts. And your discount code lasts for one week, so be sure to use it to buy something cool. Here’s some of the new shirts:

The City.

Philadelphia Bulletin.

Wilt the Stilt.

Flyers vs the Red Army.


Jack Russell Stadium.

Philadelphia Fever.

And for women, we just got in our Clover shirts, based off the old department stores. So be sure to get your brackets in, and be sure to get your orders in before Monday for 30% off!

A Few Changes On the Way

bowie-changes-headAlright, now that we’ve gotten through Quizzo Bowl (which, unlike the Oscars, is a gala event that announces the correct winners), it’s time to make a few changes. The reason for these are several: for one, I’m taking on more work and more responsibility at the store, so I need to make time for that. Secondly, I’m getting more corporate gigs, and as you all know selling out to the man is what I’m all about. Finally and most importantly, I want another night to spend at home with my family, and this allows me to do so. (Over/under is a month after starting this schedule before my wife asks me to spend less time at home).

So here we go: starting next week, I will be moving Sidecar to Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and Carl will take over at O’Neals. For those of you who are unaware, Carl is already hosting at Birra on Thursdays at 8. (I’ll post the new schedule below). So we’ll still be rocking 8 JGT quizzes.

There will also typically be only one quiz written a week, starting next week. Occasionally, if 2-3 teams all request two quizzes and say they’re gonna play twice, we can break that rule. But 99.9% of teams play once a week, so this won’t be a change for just about anybody. But I just want to make sure it’s known.

As far as pics and scores, yes, I was a total slacker in the weeks leading up to Quizzo Bowl. I’m gonna do a huge photo dump on the Facebook page this week. Moving forward, there will be a bit more immediacy to the pics…I’ll be posting on twitter as soon as the game is over. You can follow me on twitter here. And yes, I know not everyone is on twitter. So don’t worry, Question of the Week will remain here on the website. Full schedule is below, starting next week. I will be hosting at O’Neals tonight:


  • 8 p.m. O’Neals (w/ Carl)
  • 8 p.m. Sidecar
  • 10:15 p.m. City Tap House


  • 6:15 p.m. Locust Rendezvous
  • 8:30 p.m. Founding Fathers


  • 6:30 p.m. Industry
  • 8 p.m. Birra (with Carl)
  • 9:15 p.m. Bards


The Basic Details of Quizzo Bowl XIII

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Quizzo Bowl XIII is fast approoaching (Yikes!) and here’s how we stand now.

WHO: You and your team of up to 8 players.

WHAT: Quizzo Bowl XIII, the most prestigious quizzo event on earth and quite possibly in the universe.

WHEN: February 18th at 8 p.m.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.

WHY: Why not?

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS? $200 for a table of up to $8 players, or $30 apiece.

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? You can purchase them online here, or if you want to save money in fees, you can pick them up from me on consignment at one of my weekly quizzes.

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY: We’ll have live music from the Newspaper Taxis, there will be tons of giveaways all night, and over $1000 worth of prizes for our top 3 finishers.

IS IT GONNA BE FUN? Of course it is.

IT BETTER BE. It will be.

HOW CAN I KNOW THAT? Well there will be plenty of teams there that have played it every year for like the last 10 years. There typically aren’t a whole lot of new teams on any given years because the regulars always want to play. The band sounds terrific, and there will also be the usual nonsense from me, Fastball Bob, and a special video round presented by Chip Chantry.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO KEEP UPDATED ON THE QUIZZO BOWL? Be sure to join the Quizzo Bowl page on Facebook. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them on the wall there and I’ll get back to you.


All Football Quiz on Friday!

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In anticipation of the Super Bowl, I will be hosting an all-football quiz Friday night at the Skygarten on 1717 Arch! People have been asking me for awhile about doing a sports quiz. Well here ya go. All football (American), pretty much all of it from the Super Bowl era. Gonna be a lot of fun. And if you haven’t been to Skygarten yet, that’s pretty cool too. 51 floors up in the air. Oh, and it’s on my birthday, so you’re going to buy me beers. Kick off is at 7 p.m. Hope to see ya there!

Quizzo Bowl Tickets Now On Sale Online; On Consignment Next Week


Hard to believe but Quizzo Bowl XIII is now less than a month away, and tickets are now on sale. Here’s the deal for tix this year: you can purchase them online here. There’s a bit of a new ticket setup this year. They are now $30 for individual tickets OR $200 for a table (which is still $25 a pop). The reason is obviously to make me insanely wealthy to encourage larger teams so that we pack the place. Now, there is a $6 surcharge per ticket IF you purchase them online. That’s why, because I’m a god damn hero benevolent quizmaster, I will be selling them on consignment starting next week. If you buy on consignment, there are no surcharges at all. If it is easier for you to buy at the venue, you can purchase from the box office for just a $2.50 surcharge per ticket. Got it? It’s also first come, first serve on tables this year. So the sooner you buy your table, the closer to the rock n roll you can be. This event WILL sell out, so start organizing your team ASAP and get your tickets so you can be assured a space at the grandaddy of them all, Quizzo Bowl XIII.

Question of the Week


What English Lord Protector do many blame for outlawing Christmas in the 1640s and 1650s?



Seinfeld Quizzo…on Festivus


Excited to announce that there will be a Festivus quizzo at the Underground Arts on December 23rd. Gonna be a lot of surprises in store, and a very fun quiz. We had a blast at the World Cafe Live a couple of months ago and the guys at UA asked me if I’d like to do another one…this time on the actual holiday. My answer was simple: “Festivus yes! Bagels no!” Tickets are $5 and Doors open at 7:30. Hope to see ya on December 23rd, when we’ll engage in Feats of Strength and encounter numerous Festivus miracles!

5K Run for Refugees on Saturday


Hey gang, gonna do a fundraiser on Saturday and wanted to see if a few of you could make it. Just a little post-Turkey Day trot to work off some of that turkey. It’s a 5k run (not a race) and we’re asking everyone who runs to donate $10 a pop. All of the money raised will go to Shelterbox, a wonderful organization that helps Syrian refugees with shelter, medicine, etc. City Tap House will have some drink specials for us afterwards. Hope to see you guys there!

Seinfeld Quiz This Sunday


A quiz about nothing coming up this Sunday, as I’ll be hosting a Seinfeld quiz at World Cafe Live. Already started working on it. Gonna be a very fun quiz, and a great Seinfeld inspired menu to boot. We’ll have The Big Salad, sandwiches on toasted marble rye, and pretzels to make you thirsty. We’ll also have drinks such as the Kosmo, the Combination to the Vault, and Serenity Now.

If you know your Seinfeld, do not miss this quiz. Doors are at 5:30, and quiz starts at 7. You can RSVP on Facebook. Looking like we’re gonna have a pretty decent crowd, so be sure to not wait until the last minute to get there. It’s free to play, and first come, first served on tables. See ya Sunday!

JGTAI Scores Are Now Posted!

autumninvite Finally, after 5 weeks, JGTAI scores are now live, so you can check and see if you’re team is in the mix. If they are, be sure to keep out ahead of the angry attack dogs that are nipping at your heels by earning some more points this week. If you need help scoring some points, there’s good news: there is an opportunity for easy bonus points this week. And of course you can also earn them the old fashioned way: winning some quizzes. Some great opportunities for a win tonight at O’Neals, Alla Spina, and City Tap House. As for the Big Event itself, it will be on November 13th. In talks now with a venue, hope to know something soon. See ya this week!

High Drama and Double OT at the JGTSI


It was a dark and stormy night. Inside Alla Spina, 15 teams were going head to head to determine our 7th Annual Summer Invite champion. Among the teams were perennial powerhouses Duane’s World, Jesters of Tortuga, and JGTSPI champs The CGA. There were also several teams making their first majors appearance, including Fraid Not, Putin on the Ritz, and Teflon Don.

Things got interesting in Round Two, as we had a “Name that Candle Scent” round (funny that so many teams missed “unscented”). Round Four was a music round that stumped plenty of good teams, and headed into the final round, there was the potential for the biggest upset in a Major of all time…the Industry house team held the lead after 4 rounds, though Duane’s World was nipping at their heels.


But in round 5, Imaginary Pablo and the Goat, 12 down when the round began, scored 50 of a possible 55 points, and an insanely tight contest finished with them tied with Duane’s World atop the leaderboard at 126, with CGA falling by a single point, and Tempura House falling by a mere two points for the 2nd straight time in an invitational.

So we went into overtime. We had had a John Mayer question in the music round, so our question was, “How old is John Mayer?” Imaginary Pablo guessed 39. Duane’s World guessed 37. He’s 38. On to double OT. Our double OT question was “What is the population of Hawaii?” Duane’s World guessed 1.7 mill. Imaginary Pablo guess 1.5. The correct answer was 1.4, and we had a winner. Imaginary Pablo had won their first major.

In addition to the trivia, we also had three terrific sets from Riley O’Reilly and No One You Know. (We officially changed the band name midway through the event.) A very fun night all around. Thanks everyone for coming out. Scores are below.

  1. Imaginary Pablo 126
  2. Duane’s World 126
  3. CGA 125
  4. Tempura House 124
  5. Putin on the Ritz 121
  6. Teflon Don 120
  7. Specific Schmur 118
  8. There’s No I in 16th Place 117
  9. Cracked Eggheads of Death 116
  10. Fraid Not 114
  11. Something About Anna’s Pussycat 114
  12. Jesters of Tortuga 113
  13. Synchronized Trampoline 109
  14. Jitney Spears 93
  15. Beard Tears 88


No One You Know to Perform at JGTSI This Sunday

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Excited about the band I snagged for the JGTSI this year. A local folk band called No One You Know, you can check out their latest album here.  Great stuff. You’re gonna enjoy these guys.

Here are our final scores…invites went out this morning, and teams in orange have already RSVPd. Teams in yellow have received invites (except for Teflon Don, I need an email address for you guys). Teams in black have declined their invites and record of their achievements have been destroyed and we will move forward as if they never existed.

If you didn’t make the cut, there’s still hope! This is wild card week, and any team winning this week gets an automatic invite. (Will 2-time JGTSI winners Popesack get in via wildcard this week?)

It’s gonna be a great show at a great bar. Excited to do it at Alla Spina.  Action will start at 5:30.


And the Skies Opened, and the Earth Was Washed Away, and the Quizzo Was Ended

A storm of Biblical proportions hit the quiz at the Oval on Sunday, and no-one was spared its wrath. No seriously, it was nuts. It hit right after the final round ended, and it lasted for over an hour. It hit so hard and so fast that most of us didn’t have time to make it to cover, and huddled under the little shelter offered by the bar. (Sadly, it also destroyed several scoresheets, meaning we can’t declare a winner. First time it’s ever happened. I’m bummed.)

We had kicked off the quiz with a great crowd, and were having a fun, if fairly humid, afternoon.

Rainoval3Then, just as I asked the final question of Round 4, the skies opened up, and people went running for the scant cover offered by the bar.


Getting soaked at the bar? Might as well grab a cold one.


A few hardy souls saw the futility of standing under the minimal cover, and thought it would be a good time to play Jenga.


While others created makeshift shelters in an effort to stay moderately dry.


Several people who couldn’t find shelter under the bar or in the makeshift tents made use of what little protection they had from the elements.

ovalrain3As everyone was huddling together to try to stay dry, there was one rebel who didn’t seem to mind the rain at all.

IMG_8206All in all, a pretty memorable time for all involved. And since we didn’t have time to go over the answers for the final round, here they are:

1. What fruit flavor will you find in abundance in a crepe suzette?


2. What was the name of Anthony Bourdain’s first book?

Kitchen Confidential

3. Lake Champlain lies between what two states?

New York, Vermont

4. What actresses breakout role was as Tony Montana’s wife in Scarface?

Michelle Pfeiffer

5. What candy bar was named after the inventor’s family horse?


6. What is the Turkish word for fate?


7. What’s the capital of Oregon?


8. The inventors of Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper all had the same profession. What was it?