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I'm running a little behind today, so I've asked our good friend Brett Savage to guest host today's Friday Happy Hour and come up with a few questions for the audience.

clavin.JPGI don't know if it's some indistinct form of weirdo-magnetism I unsuspectingly exude, but strange people are constantly saying outlandish things to me at bars. The other night, I was nursing an invigorating pint of Bass during a casual drinking session at a local watering hole when the bar mate to my left decided that I needed to know about his history of concussions. He sidled up covertly and whispered conspiratorially, "You know, I've had nine concussions in my life." I have no idea what may have inspired this intimate admission, but we hadn't exchanged a single word in the half hour or so we were sitting next to each other prior to his friendly overture. Perhaps it was the sporting event being televised at the time, which involved large, athletic men mindlessly smashing into each other and chasing an erratically bouncing ball around a grid-lined field (three of his concussions were football related).

It also may have been the truly heroic amount of alcohol he had been consuming since my arrival, or maybe it was simply the comradely familiarity bred by proximity and circumstance. Either way, I was intrigued and more than happy to engage him further in conversation. "I didn't know that, no. That sounds like nine more than you would want," I sportingly replied. Creatively interpreting my sarcasm-laced response as expressed interest, he began to recount in hilariously vivid detail seven of the nine famed injuries. Two of them he didn't quite remember, but was fairly certain that they both resulted from motorcycle "incidents." I have never had the privilege of being concussed, so I couldn't add much to our tete a tete, but his story does prompt two questions:

1) What is the oddest thing a complete stranger has ever said to you at a bar? (Or office party, or anywhere else.)

2) Do you have any strange injuries you would like to share with the group, or have you heard about any strange injuries that happened to someone you know?

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How To Make A Snow Globe Cocktail
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Nothing gets people into the holiday spirit quite like snow globes… and booze. So, the Snow Globe Cocktail makes perfect sense.

Brought to us by , the festive cocktail is created with a few simple ingredients and supplies. Please resist the urge to shake it up. Instructions here.

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What Shows Up When You Google Yourself?
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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!

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