Archive for October, 2016


October 31, 2016

In honor of Halloween, I thought it apropos to talk about a genre of film I normally don’t give two hoots for – the horror film or “scary movie.” Not that there’s anything wrong with a good spooky flick, it’s just not what floats my particular celluloid boat. See, I have a pretty active imagination, so I’ll see even the tamest scary movie (Blair Witch Project, for example) and get unnerved by every creak and noise I hear in the apartment late at night for weeks on end. It’s just not worth it.

So, anyway, here’s a trip down the macabre memory lane that is MY TOP 5 SCARIEST MOVIES.

5. Psycho. While some might argue (I would) that it isn’t a horror film but a prime example of Hitchcockian suspense, it is still a perfectly well-executed slasher flick. If you watch it and don’t make double damn sure that bathroom door is locked the next time you take a shower then you aren’t human. (more…)

FIVE RANDOM FIVE (Halloween Edition)

October 28, 2016

Five Treats Worth Tricking Over

Caramel Apples


Mr. Goodbar Miniature

Nik-L Nips

Luden’s Cough Drops


Five Costume Ideas I’m Considering

The Walking Dead (Jerry Garcia as a zombie)

Bernie Sanders

Uncle Grandpa

The Crunchberry Beast



Five Other Vampire Weaknesses

Shrimp forks in the elbow

Pillow fights

Sunny D

Long Division

Sister Wives marathons on TLC


Five Bad Haunted House Ideas

Giant bowl of lukewarm soup

Sauna full of Duggars

Community bulletin board full of spelling errors

Trailer park garage sale

KFC with a B sanitation grade


Five Horror Movies That Would Suck

The Cabinet of Dr. Philgari

Drag Me To Helsinki

The Blair from The Facts of Life Project

When A Stranger Caulks

Rosemary’s Bieber

October 26 Trivia Rankings

October 26, 2016

Seven years! Wow! Thanks to all the Quizlings who came out to celebrate with us. Here are a few…


Lots of prizes, lots of trivia and lots of fun. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Oh – and keep posting those fliers! Spread the word and share the love.

Here are this week’s team rankings. (more…)

A Ballot To The Head

October 26, 2016

I was talking with a co-worker about the upcoming election and commented that I couldn’t wait until next week when it would all be over. My co-worker reminded me that the election wasn’t November 1st but November 8th and we still had two weeks to go until the election.

It’s funny. I can’t be sure but, at that moment, I think I could actually hear the sound of my soul being crushed.

Raffle On

October 25, 2016

Hey, Quizlings!  This is it – the culmination of Tomato Jake’s Trivia Night’s seventh anniversary celebration. Join us Wednesday night for the usual trivia awesomeness, capped off with a raffle for a night’s stay for two at the Hyatt Place & dinner for two at the Angus Barn. All it takes is one ticket to win but why not better your odds?

Here are the four ways Quizlings can get a raffle ticket for this week’s drawing:

  1. Be there. Yep, just bring yourself. Everyone 18+ gets a raffle ticket just for playing Tomato Jake’s Wednesday Night Trivia.
  2. Bring a Newbie. Know a Tomato Jake’s Wednesday Night Trivia virgin? Bring ’em along. Heck, they don’t even have to play for your team. Any Quizling who brings a Tomato Jake’s Trivia newbie gets an extra raffle ticket. (Only one extra ticket per Quizling. Quizlings and Newbies alike must be 18+ for insurance purposes.)
  3. Post a Flier. If you picked up a Tomato Jake’s Wednesday Night Trivia flier, then all you have to do is put it on a bulletin board somewhere it will be seen. Work, community center, campus – any place there’s a bulletin board begging for a flier. Next, snap a pic of the posted flier in context (so we know it’s been posted) and show me Wednesday night. I will divvy up 25 raffle tickets between anyone who shows me a pic of a flier posted on a bulletin board. Get that? If 25 people do it, that’s one extra ticket each. If five people do it, that five each. If only one person does this – 25 extra tickets to this lucky Quizling. I’ll always round up so if more than 25 folks show me posted fliers, each will still get one ticket.
  4. Dress up for Halloween! Okay, granted, trick or treat is a few days away but you can field test your costume by wearing it Wednesday night. And I’m talking about really dressing up (not simply putting on an eyepatch and calling yourself a pirate). If you want the extra ticket, put some effort into it. The scarier, the better. Bonus points for creepy clowns!


Spread the word, Quizlings! We’ve loved bringing you Tomato Jake’s Wednesday Night Trivia for the past seven years and want to keep doing it for at least seven more. We couldn’t do it without you fine folks, so our mega appreciations.

See all you Quizlings Wednesday night!

Don’t You Think The Joker Laughs At You?

October 22, 2016

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr

Woo hoo! Yes!  I’m a dating expert!

October 19 Trivia Rankings

October 19, 2016

It was a fantastic night for trivia, Quizlings. I hope you were able to make it. If you didn’t, you missed out on how you could get your share of 25 raffle tickets. Yes, 25!!!! (I may elucidate later, so pay close attention to this space).

What happened? We talked of marsupial milk, Nobel prizes and late night regrets. Plus we got into Batman’s finances … check out the list of the Forbes Fictional 15.

Now here are the rankings. How’d your team do?

We’re Here To Actually Answer Questions 67
We’re Missing The Debate For This? 67
The Helen Keller School Of Interior Design 62
When They Go Low, We Go To Trivia 59
#ThanksCandadIFeelBetterNow 56
I Don’t Know 53
Stand By Your Pig 48
Trump & Hillary’s Love Child 43
Don’t Forget To Vote November 28 42
This Debate is Trivial 41
Bad News Beers 33
Jack Said, “Disco Spiders” 29
Shameless Plug: The Cottage Salon 29
Our Smart Guy Can’t Make It – Can We Borrow Yours? 19

People I Hate #9 (In A Series)

October 18, 2016

Who: Country Music Artist, Trace Adkins. 

Why I Hate Him: Man, I just wanna punch him in the face. Hard. Of course, I feel that way about most macho, posturing, a-swaggerin’, America-love-it-or-leave-it, Ford-truck-man country singers, but – boy howdy – there’s just something about that smug cowboy-hatted … gah, I can barely type with clenched fists!

How I justify it: Not that I need a reason, but Honky Tonk Badonkadonk should suffice as a defensible motive in a court of law.

Ten Random Things That Have Kept Me Awake At Night

October 15, 2016

Political polls

The Brangelina split

Zombie deer

Why does Marco Polo have a llama?

Samsung Galaxy S7 fires

The baby with the adult tongue (aaaahhhhhh!)

What if the vasectomy didn’t take?

Creepy clowns

Shin splints

Izzie could be returning to Grey’s Anatomy! OMFG! If that happens, I will die. Literally die! I will be as dead as Dr. George O’Malley and if that’s a spoiler then shame on you because you should be watching this awesome show!!!

October 12 Trivia Rankings

October 12, 2016

Thanks to all the Quizlings who came to play. The rest of you must be diehard NHL fans or something. (Be back next week or your mom and me’ll get real worried.)

Keep in mind: two weeks left to get in on this months raffle for a hotel stay and dinner at the Angus Barn. Get a raffle ticket each week (18+ only) just for playing. Get extra raffle tickets for posting our fliers and bringing newbies – plus other reasons you’ll figure out if you follow me on Twitter. This week, I saw a lot of awkward high school photos. Thanks for that.

We also learned about pop culture rodents, how Haley Bennett‘s blowing up this year and Ben Stiller’s lifesaving test. Oh, and there’s this…

Now here are the team rankings for the week:

Groping For Votes 66
Lurking 65
If The Basket Fits… 63
Lost In The Candy Corn Maze 59
Columbus Was Italian But He Worked For Spain 58
Happy Late Birthday, Cam 55
Dem Ken Bones 54
Stop Clowning Around 52
There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand 46
Donald And The Pussycats 25
Lettuce Turnip The Beet 23