By Hillary Haenes
Here’s a hint: Mountain Dew, Star Wars and the Greek god Hermes. Each of these subjects is a recurring category during Tuesday trivia night at Sandrini’s Restaurant & Bar. If you haven’t paid this downtown pub a visit on that weekday, you’re missing out on a good time, especially with outspoken Dave Rezac as the host.
Trivia night was born when owner Brian Sandrini wanted to do something to bring more business on Tuesdays, which was otherwise a slow bar night. Knowing Rezac’s penchant for trivia and game shows, Sandrini asked him about hosting trivia. In the beginning, Rezac, 35, admitted the format was dry, but the game has grown over the last four years since adding new twists to entice contestants.
“I wouldn’t say that trivia itself has been a lifelong passion, but I do try to learn something new each day, and love knowledge for its own sake,” Rezac said.
1 My last name means “cutter” in Czech.
2 Most people know me as the “quizmaster” of Sandrini’s Trivia.
3 ’m still teaching myself to sew.
4 I hate cleaning.
5 I have one real sibling, my sister, Erica. Being 10 years older than her, I was the built-in babysitter, and I always play the role of the big brother. Don’t ever mess with her … that’s my job.
6 I truly love redheads, Jennifers and redheaded Jennifers. My wife is a redheaded Jennifer.
7 My wife has a great deal of patience and understanding. If she didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to do the things that make people happy, such as trivia.
8 Mountain Dew and Pepsi products are my favorite.
9 People say I should have become a lawyer because of my propensity to argue my way out of things by using technicalities and twisting the rules to suit my needs.
10 MacGyver is one of my heroes. I can do just about anything. If I don’t know the right way to do it, I’ll find my own way in a pinch.
11 My son, who is the greatest thing in the world to me, has muscular dystrophy. Spending time with him is how I prefer to spend most of my time away from work. Even though he’s not my progeny, he’s totally my son, and I am totally his dad.
12 A sense of humor is very important to me. If you make a joke at someone else’s expense, you had better be able to take the same treatment when it comes around.
13 Making friends isn’t a hard task for me, but my approach is kind of different. I like to push people’s buttons to see what their boundaries are.
14 I love doing things on a whim and being
15 I don’t let many things get to me. I enjoy sloughing off anger that’s directed at me with a smile just to watch that person get even more upset.
16 The people who know me best know that I’m usually among the first in line when they need help. I truly value my friends and family.
17 I can go throughout the better portion of a day using quotes borrowed from movies and TV (occasionally, an actual book) without ever using my own original thoughts.
18 As much as I enjoy learning new things, I loathe being forced to learn. This includes mandatory reading. I rarely read literature for my own personal enjoyment, but Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors.
19 I hate being late, but am rarely early. I want to literally arrive at my own funeral halfway into the service.
20 I love learning things just to have them in my arsenal — knowing how to do things that most people shouldn’t know, solving problems and games.
21 People often ask what I am. I typically just say “brown.” The long list includes: Spanish Basque, Czech/Bohemian, Norwegian, Swedish and Polish.
22 I make some damn good martinis. I drink them, too.
23 Games are a big part of my life. I love gambling, board games, card games, video games and head games.
24 When the weather permits, I enjoy having friends over to watch movies in my backyard on a projector. Think of it as MST3K (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”) with booze.
25 A few of my favorite trivia subjects are from TV, movies and mythology, especially the comparisons between Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies