– Trying to decide my plans for the early evening. It’s Wednesday, which means it’s 25-cent Bud Light at Pat O’Brien’s from 6 to 8. On the other hand, this is one of the few times of the year the Flying Saucer has a “buy the beer, keep the glass” night that I care about – this week it’s Lienenkugel Sunset Wheat, probably my favorite beer there. “Keep the glass” night starts at 7… I guess I could do 25-cent beer from 6 to 7 and then walk up there. If any regular blog readers are heading to Pat O’s tonight, shoot me an e-mail.
My BBQ team has a meeting at 5:30, but I already have my assignment, so I’ll probably skip it, lest I show up and get handed additional work.
– Speaking of my BBQ team… I met the people from our team’s sponsor, Terex, a couple of weeks ago. Really good guys and they have been extremely generous with us. I checked out one of their promotions too, King of the Dirt, and it looks like they’re generous with their customers as well… if you’re a contractor who uses heavy equipment, they’ll put you up at the Peabody for 3 days/2 nights, feed you BBQ, take you to a reception on Beale Street (with free drinks – I got to go to one of these at BB’s), and take you racing in a NASCAR. Pretty sweet deal. I look forward to working with the Terex guys as we get our team up and running.
– Almost got to meet my favorite blogger/MILF Sunday night… looks like she considered coming Downtown to catch the Dempseys at Huey’s, but it didn’t work out. Dammit… she could caught a cab or something, surely a cab from East Bumblefuck to Downtown Memphis wouldn’t have cost more than 50, 60 bucks or so.
– I definitely won’t be in any condition to head out to HER Huey’s (the Cordova one) the next time the Dempseys play there, because it will be April 22, which is the day of the downtown Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest. Put that one on your calendar… one of the best festivals of the year. I have friends at Barton Flats with balconies facing the festival for a bird’s eye view… hmmm, I’d kinda rather be on the street itself for most of it though. I would rate Rajun Cajun as the third best outdoor festival of the year, after Cooper-Young and BBQ Fest.
– The Midtown (Bayou Bar and Grill) crawfish fest will also be happening soon – Saturday, April 14. Although not as good as the downtown one (it used to be better, but Rajun Cajun has gotten HUGE the past couple of years) I’ll most likely attend it as well.
– South Main Trolley Art Tour is this Friday night, March 30. According to the Weather Channel, we can expect a high of 84 and a low of 63, with almost no chance of rain. When the weather’s nice trolley tour is usually PACKED – get there no later than 7 (and 6 is better) if you want to take advantage of the free wine the galleries put out. If you show up fashionably late (8ish) it will be gone.
– Pulse, the Pink Floyd tribute band, will return to Neil’s (Madison at McLean) Saturday nights from 9 to 1. These guys and gals do such a great job that you’d swear that Roger, Dave, Rick, and Nick are right there in the room (I’d add Syd, but I can’t remember if they do any pre-1968 stuff). 8-piece band with a light show; cover is $7 I believe.
– Regular blog reader Josh reports that tube tops are mentioned in the crossword puzzle today. I’m guessing he means the one in the Commercial Appeal. I don’t have a copy of the paper handy so I’m not sure. Two months and three days until Tube Top Month.
– Congrats to fellow Sleep Out Louie’s refugee Matt Singer, who made the front page of the Memphis Flyer today with his invention, a silicone “flexiglass” prosthetic eye. That pic on the cover is kinda freaky though.
– The Rapscallions were shut out of the money at trivia last night, with the Mormons for Gay Polygamy again scoring the first-place victory. We need to find a way to distract those guys so they’ll start missing questions… maybe the Majestic would let us borrow Tifaney for a couple of hours. Wait, she’d distract me too, never mind.
I was the last person to tab out last night after trivia. Mikey and I were the first people to arrive, and subsequent team members were rung up as “Mikey/(number),” like “Mikey/6″ and “Mikey/10″ for example. Now, that’s fine for the other team members, but I’m at the Saucer more than Mikey is and have a plate on the wall… I felt I had reason to be a bit annoyed if I were rung up as a random member of Mikey’s party. My ticket came and I took a look… it read “Paul/1.” I tipped the waitress a couple extra $$$ for that.
– If you’re a fan of PBR like I am, then today is a special day for you… today is the birthday of Frederick Pabst (1836-1904), whose brew won a “Blue Ribbon” at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition.
All right, that’s enough news for one lunch hour… back later in the day or tomorrow with more.