Wed update: Mexican food, beer recommendations, coupons, MySQL position, and more

Today I’m blogging from work as I eat lunch. I went to Costa Vida, a new Mexican fast-food place at Poplar and Holmes. I’m having the shredded beef enchiladas with medium sauce. As someone who lived in San Diego for a while, I know quality Mexican fast food when I taste it, and Costa Vida gets my stamp of approval. I went in wondering if I would like it better than Blue Coast Burrito, but I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re both equally good and both worth trying. Check out their menu – they have burritos, enchiladas, and tacos with your choice of sauce – hot, medium, mild, or mango. I just can’t see putting mango sauce on a burrito, but maybe it appeals to some people. Anyway, this place is definitely worth a try. If you dine in they have a big-screen TV for you to watch while you eat.

Beer recommendation: Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Weisse, a draft beer that just landed at the Flying Saucer. It’s a medium-dark wheat beer with slightly fruity (banana) flavor. Also, one of the Beer Goddesses invented a beer mix Monday night that was really good – half Hacker Pschorr Dunkel Weisse, half Avery White Rascal. Since it was invented by Amy (waitress Amy, not bartender Amy) we named it the “A-Team.”

Congratulations to the Rapscallions, who rolled on to another first-place victory at trivia last night, defeating Team PDA who were cheating right out in the open. Again, good triumphs over evil. We now have $270 in Saucer gift certificates, and one of our team members is having a plate party which will coincide with our gift certificate party, bringing the total to $370.

In the news: America breathes a collective sigh of relief as Bill Frist announces that he won’t run for president in ’08. Even he would be an improvement over the White House’s current occupant, but not by much. Hopefully the Republican Party will learn its lesson from the midterm elections and turn to more moderate candidates like McCain or Giuliani.

Crash Kole and Josh Lemons play Sleep Out Louie’s Friday night. Bobby Durango may be there as well, not sure as off yet.

Mayor Herenton boxes Joe Frazier tomorrow night in a charity match. With crime out of control all over the city, I have a feeling King Willie will take a much worse beating in the next mayoral election than he will in tomorrow’s bout. As someone who follows the news, I realize he’s doing what he can to fight back against crime, but it looks like he’s expending a lot more time and effort on this boxing match and I think that’s going to hurt his image in the long run.

I found a lot of good online coupons at, which is the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website. They have discounts for most popular area attractions (theatres, museums, etc.), dining coupons for Corky’s and Maggie Moo’s, discounts for Shelton Clothiers and Memphis Magazine, and more. The site is obviously designed with visitors in mind, but I don’t see any reason why locals can’t use these coupons too.

I got an e-mail this morning from a recruiter looking to fill a MySQL database administrator position. If anyone is interested shoot me an e-mail and I’ll forward the contact info to you.

That’s all for now – time to finish my enchiladas and get back to work.