Pre-brunch post: Google Earth, Mongo, Raiford’s, etc.

So yesterday I finally got my wireless router installed, and spent a couple of hours walking around my apartment with my laptop, surfing the web. I fired up Google Earth, figuring that was the program on my computer that would give my Internet connection the most intensive workout. It had no problem keeping up. Google Earth’s satellite images are so good that I was able to zoom in on my apartment building and could actually see the patio furniture, grills and hot tub on the roof.

Discovered something interesting while surfing… Prince Mongo has a MySpace page. For those of you from out of town, Prince Mongo runs for mayor, senate, etc. in just about every election. According to Mongo, he came here from the planet Zambodia and is here to save Earthlings from self-destruction. He calls his supporters “spirits.” He has operated several nightclubs around town, including Mongo’s Planet and The Castle.

I met Mongo a few years back. I was out at Raiford’s on a Friday night… it was fairly early in the evening, about 11, early enough that the crowd had not yet arrived. So when Raiford put on KC and the Sunshine Band, I had the dance floor to myself. I had one of my disco outfits on – can’t remember if I was still wearing the blue leisure suit at that point, or if I had switched over to the sequined shirts. Anyway, I was at just the right point of drunkenness (had consumed about one 40 at that point) and was tearing it up on the dance floor. All of the sudden a man who had been in the DJ booth talking to Raiford came up to me.

“Hello, spirit,” he said to me. “I just wanted to tell you that I like your style. My name is Prince Mongo.” Of course, I already knew who he was. I told him it was a pleasure to meet him and we talked for a few minutes. That was kinda cool, to have someone like Mongo tell me he likes my style. One of the biggest compliments I have received in my lifetime.

Reminds me… last night I walked down to Raiford’s about 12:30 and it was closed! Anyone know what was going on? I hope it was a one-night thing and nothing permanent.

All right… guess it’s time to go buy a Sunday paper and do my Deal of the Week blog for the CA. Don’t forget, Emma’s Sunday Brunch Extravaganza today at Sleep Out’s – I’ll be there from 11 to 3, then I’ll tab out and walk over to the Second Street branch office to see my waitresses.

By the way – the Majestic has been approved for branch office status, but it needs a name. I can’t call it “the Majestic branch office,” obviously. It isn’t on a street like Union or Second, and there are so many businesses on the Main Street Mall that no one would know what I’m talking about if I call it the Main Street Mall branch office.

Time to get it started… have a good Sunday, and I hope to see you at Sleep Out’s.