Bigfoot Lodge (Atwater)

This past Wednesday night I finally got to experience Bigfoot Lodge’s Trivia Night. My failed attempt the week before made me think twice about going this week, but alas, I went so I could report about it to you.

The trivia part of the night doesn’t begin until 9pm (kinda late for the old fogie that I am). It’s good to get there at 8:30pm, grab a drink before it gets too busy, and claim your spot. We got a great section by a fireplace (did I forget to mention, this place is themed to be a cabin in the wilderness). The walls look like a log cabin and there are faux animals and wilderness themed memorabilia on the walls. I got to enjoy one of their specialty drinks: the Toasted Marshmallow. They actually ignite a marshmallow and it comes as a garnish in the drink. Super girlie and super delicious.

When an Aussie took the mic, trivia night began. Our group consisted of 6 people. They had several themed rounds (sports and music etc.). 20 groups played and we were in third place for the first several rounds but then we fell behind. We had a great time though, and the rounds had such mixed questions that everyone was able to contribute. I highly recommend Bigfoot Lodge on any night of the week, but if you can make trivia night, you won’t be disappointed.

A Deathly Museum and a Griffith

Yesterday I took my own advice, I dusted off the ol’rain boots and prepared myself for a 25mph rainy drive to The Museum of Death. I had been meaning to check the place out for a while now. I mean what could a “museum of death” really display? Death. It displays death. This museum is not for the squeamish and be sure not to eat right before you go. When I first entered the museum I was met by a very nice goth-esque man. He was extremely bubbly and when I asked about a KCRW discount he said no, but they had a AAA discount. So for $13 I could cross another thing off my to-do list, done. The first room of the museum was about serial killers and included their drawings, letters, biographies. This room was facinating and an interesting look into how a serial killer thinks. The next few rooms were filled with really graphic images, so I rushed through (how to embalm, baby caskets.. really dark stuff). Then I reached the hall of cults where the video was playing from the Heavens Gate leader. Cults to me are such a strange thing, so I did enjoy that. The next room was about Charles Manson. The events of his life were long before I was born so it did clear up some misunderstandings I had about his life. I’m glad I got out of the house on a rainy Wednesday and crossed something off my list but I can’t say I have the desire to go back. If you’re thinking of going, Halloween is the time to do it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Once the rain subsided a group of my friends decided that Trivia Night at Bigfoot Lodge was on (every Wednesday at 9pm FYI). I wanted to meet a friend (Lindsey) there early to catch up and save a table. I pulled up out front and of course a film crew was all over the block setting up their shots and Bigfoot was closed to the public. Being the first one to get there I had to call and tell people it was off and alas my dream of attending one of Bigfoot’s game nights was dashed.

Lindsey was just around the corner so we decided we might as well do something in the neighborhood. We walked a few blocks down to The Griffith, a bar I’ve been to for birthday gatherings and for one Halloween. It’s got a great vibe and for a Wednesday night it had a good crowd (busy enough to not feel dead, but quiet enough that there wasn’t a wait at the bar). We ended up having a pretty great girls night. We each ordered a new beer we’ve never had before (me: a hazelnut beer, Lindsey: pumpkin beer). We took a seat on the comfy couches that wrap a fireplace, split an order of fries and got hit on by cute non-threatening med students. We definitely rectified our failed trivia night into an unexpected adventure. Just because plans don’t work out doesn’t mean you should give up and go home. Improvise and you might end up having an even more awesome night.