Oregon

When I worked as a barista, the owner of the California coffee shop I worked at somehow convinced me to spend two weeks in rural Oregon working at a different coffee shop. Objectively this was not that much fun because I had to drive many hours and rural Oregon is the worst, but I'm glad I went because it kind of started this whole trivia travel lifestyle. I was paid my regular wages, but negotiated a few trivia nights as part of my contract.

 Me enjoying trivia, and me discussing some important coffee business at the coffee shop in Oregon.

Me enjoying trivia, and me discussing some important coffee business at the coffee shop in Oregon.

Portal Brewing, Medford

This trip was the first out-of-state trivia I ever played, back in 2015 - my boss and I went to two trivia nights and a spelling bee. The first one we went to was a pretty good trivia game at Four Daughters Irish Pub in Medford, the second one was some unremarkable trivia at some unremarkable bar in Ashland, but the real show-stopper was the drunk spelling bee at Portal Brewing.

At the end of the game, I was tied for first with a nice young man named Dennis. The tiebreaker question, we were told, would be a mushroom. I spelled "bridal veil" correctly and Dennis did not - but for his valiant efforts, I named my new car after him. And to this day, Dennis the Yaris reminds me of how good it feels to drink beer and win a spelling bee.