Pics: Plate party, new 38103 shirt, Dog De-light

A few pics from this weekend:


Yesterday afternoon we gathered at the Saucer for the unveiling of Bicycle Bobby’s 4th plate.  That means he’s been through the Ring of Honor 4 times, having drunk 800 beers.


Afterward, he poses for a pic with the Saucer girls.  I gotta hurry up and get my third plate done.  Yesterday, Otto, John D and I compared numbers and realized we’re all between 30 and 40 beers from our next plate.  Perhaps there is a massive multi-plate party in the near future.


Later in the afternoon I got a look at Shelton Clothiers’ new clothing line, featuring a trolley and a “38103” emblem.


Close-up of the 38103 emblem.  They ordered a limited number of these because they wanted to see whether they would sell well.  I have a feeling they’re going to be placing a second order for more shirts very soon.


Bardog has a new beer on tap called “Dog De-Light” which they’re selling for only $3.  I didn’t try it, since PBR is 50 cents cheaper, but I’m curious about the identity of this new beer.  The name suggests it may be a light beer, and that tap looks suspiciously like a Ghost River tap.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere: Air Traffic Mike is on the East Coast, vacationing and helping a friend clear some land.  He recently did a blog post about food, so of course he mentioned the Nuh-Uh Girl.

Time for another week at work, yay.

Sat update: Republic opening next weekend, cheap condos, Aquanet, FolkPass, South of Beale, crime down in Uptown

I just received word via Facebook that Republic Nightclub and Restaurant, the mega-club moving into the old EP Delta Kitchen space, will have its grand opening next Saturday night, August 29.  “Celebrities! Fashion shows! Performances! Paparazzi! Glamour! Fame! Every week,” reads the Facebook event listing.

A friend of mine who lives at 420 S. Front noticed that there is a sign in front of a building across the street, The Nettleton, saying that the building’s 30 condos will be auctioned off on September 12.  15 of them will have no reserve.  If you have dreams of condo ownership, this might be your chance to snag one on the cheap.

If you’re looking for something to do tonight, Aquanet, the awesome band that covers ’80s hair band tunes, will be at the Red Rooster.

11-game and 22-game Power Packs are now available for purchase for the Memphis Grizzlies 2009-10 season.  Purchase before September 15 and get a Circle K gift card good for up to $150.

I’d previously posted a link explaining how to get a $10 discount on a $50 Memphis Music & Heritage Festival FolkPass… however, last night I learned that you can get the pass for half off ($25) if you go to 98.1 The Max and click on their “Half Off” link.

South of Beale sent out an e-mail saying they have big plans in mind for next Friday’s Trolley Tour.  They’ll have a liquor promotion, as well as beer and complimentary hors d’oeuvres outside.  Free food?  Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

There’s a new article on the Downtown Memphis Examiner.  Reporter Kaleigh Donnelly discusses how Uptown residents came together and worked with the police to dramatically reduce crime in their neighborhood.  Other areas of Downtown should take note.

It’s a beautiful day… 74 degrees in August, according to my WeatherBug application.  Time to go outside for a while.

Linky links: Friday edition

A couple of quick Downtown-related links you might have missed in this morning’s CA:

Here’s an article about Metro67, the new luxury apartment building at Front and Madison.  It says 100 of the units will be ready for move-in by September 1.  This is an ideal location in the Downtown core… I know because I live less than a block from there myself.  You’ve got Walgreens just steps away, fine dining within a block or two (Felicia Suzanne’s, McEwen’s, Flight), less than a block from the trolley line, and well within walking distance of AutoZone Park, FedExForum, Beale, the Orpheum, and of course the new law school.  Oh and only a couple of blocks to Paula & Raiford’s Disco.  One block to a great neighborhood bar with really good food (Bardog).  If you want to be where the action is, the core is the best part of Downtown.

Here’s a Meet the Chef article about Sherman Smith, kitchen manager and chef at the Majestic Grille.  I’m sure I’ve eaten his food many times without realizing it.

That’s all for now… making my way through a pile of web updates at work.

Fri update: Downtown Examiner, 67 Madison ready, FolkPass discount

Got a new site for Downtowners to bookmark… my friend Kaleigh Donnelly is now writing for the Downtown Memphis Examiner. I’ve linked to articles from in other cities many times, and am pleased to see the site active in Downtown Memphis. I’ve known Kaleigh for over 20 years, having attended Rhodes College with her. She and her husband and their two kids live in Uptown and are very active in the community. Definitely one to bookmark, or to subscribe to if RSS feeds are your thing.

Couple of things I noticed in this week’s Livin’ It Up Downtown e-mail newsletter sent out by the CCC… first of all, the apartments at 67 Madison, called Metro 67, are now being rented. These are luxury apartments at Front and Madison, across from the new law school. Designer cabinetry, bamboo floors, pendant lighting, modern kitchens, rooftop deck, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and more. Here’s a link to their website.

If you use the coupon code “CCC,” you can order a FolkPass for the Center for Southern Folklore’s Memphis Music and Heritage Festival for only $40, $10 off regular price. That gets you free beer throughout the festival… I’m thinking, that alone makes it a profitable deal for someone like me who will be there all weekend long. It also gets you VIP seating, convenient restrooms, vouchers to future CSF events, meet and greets with musical acts throughout the year, and discounts on merchandise. Buy a FolkPass here and don’t forget that “CCC” coupon code.

That’s all for now.  Finally got up early enough to do a post.  Off to work.

Journey to North Korea

Thanks to the people who sent compliments about my “Kim Jong-Wil” post this morning.  Funny, as I was in the process of typing it, I came across a Time Magazine article written by a journalist who had snuck into North Korea, the land of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il.

Part 1 of the article

Part 2 of the article

Photo gallery

There’s a part 3, but it hasn’t been published yet.  I’ll link to it when it appears.

The journalist’s experiences were pretty consistent with ones I had read of another American who visited North Korea.  I read Controversy Creates Cash, the biography of Eric Bischoff, the man who ran World Championship Wrestling, on my iPhone’s Kindle app recently.  In the spring of 1995, he got the chance to take his wrestlers to North Korea (not with the blessing of the US government, but that didn’t stop him).  They had to stop and place flowers at a statue of the late “Great Leader”/”Eternal President” Kim Il-sung, and their rooms were bugged, as one wrestler found out when he called home and complained about pretty much everything in North Korea.  The next day his room was torn apart.

They had an interpreter/guide who was assigned to stay with them at all times.  However, the guide didn’t know that Bischoff liked an early-morning run, and he snuck out of the hotel by himself at 6:30 AM.  All the North Koreans were headed to work in drab blue and gray suits, none of them over 5’5″, stunted by decades of famine.  Here was Bischoff, the only foreigner most of them probably ever saw, running through the streets in yellow and red sweatclothes at 5’11” and 200 pounds.  To most of the North Koreans it was like seeing Godzilla running through the streets.  When Bischoff got back to the hotel he was sternly warned to never, ever do that again.  He and the wrestlers then were taken on a tour of a war memorial, told it was to remember the 52,000 North Koreans who were slaughtered by savage Americans.  Their reactions were filmed to use in future propaganda.

Um yeah I don’t think I ever want to visit North Korea.

I have a meeting out east after work, so I won’t be able to defend my poker championship at Calhoun’s tonight.  I see that Snozberry is playing the Saucer tonight… should be back Downtown by the time they take the stage at 9:30, so I’ll probably turn up to catch their first set.

Kim Jong-Wil

Former Mayor Herenton’s recent actions and public statements have led me to compare his mental state to that of another well-known leader.  Therefore, I’d like to offer these predictions if King Willie wins the special election and is re-elected mayor of Memphis:

January 2, 2010:  The Mayor’s office will issue a proclamation that Mayor Herenton is to be refered to as the “Dear Leader” of Memphis from this date forward.

January 13, 2010:  The Mayor’s office will report that Herenton has the supernatural ability to be in several places at one time.  Therefore, he will continue to run for Congress, claiming that he will be able to hold both offices simultaneously.  Furthermore, he will petition the school board to remove Dr. Kriner Cash as superintendent and reinstate him, so that he can hold three offices (and be paid three salaries) at the same time.

March 9, 2010:  Herenton will install undercover police officers at a variety of positions around the city to keep watch on bloggers who have spoken out against him.

March 15, 2010:  The news will report that Herenton routinely hits four holes-in-one in an 18-hole round of golf.  (The odds of hitting one hole-in-one in 18 holes are approximately 5,000 to 1.)

April 3, 2010:  Unknownst to me, one of the new bartenders at the Saucer is an undercover cop working under Herenton’s orders.  When I ask for an extra lime for my Dos Equis Special Lager, she will arrest me for panhandling.  I’ll be thrown in jail on $1,000,000 bond with an arraignment date of January 17, 2026.

August 9, 2010:  The start of a new school year.  Schoolchildren will be required to sing a new song, “No Memphis Without You,” a song specially composed for Mayor Herenton, at the start of every day.  Sample lyrics:

Our future and hope depend on you
People’s fate depends on you, Dear Mayor Willie Herenton!
We cannot live without you
Our city cannot exist without you!

September 2010:  Visitors to the Brooks Museum report that paintings on the walls are all themed around glorification of the mayor.  One typical painting, Roses for Herenton, shows a group of schoolchildren presenting a bouquet of roses to the mayor as they gaze at him in admiration.

May 2011:  Crime figures for 2010 show that Memphis now has the crime rate of Washington DC, New Orleans, and Miami combined.

July 20, 2011:  A storm with straight-line winds similar to “Hurricane Elvis” damages the city, downing trees, destroying homes and cars, and knocking out power.

July 21, 2011:  The Mayor’s office will issue a statement that Mayor Herenton is believed to be able to control the weather based on his mood.  Therefore, he must have been unhappy with Memphis the previous day.  In order to appease him, a $100-a-plate gala will be organized, and every citizen of Memphis required to attend.

August 13, 2011:  The gala will raise $66,965,100.  The $65 million that is left over after expenses will be presented as a gift to the mayor.

March 2012:  In celebration of Women’s History Month, Herenton’s baby mamas will be held up to the city as examples of all that is good and feminine.

October 2013:  The fountain will be removed from Court Square to make room for a 100-foot-tall statue of the mayor.  The Lincoln-American Tower and the Porter Building will be razed to give citizens a better view of the statue.  Statues of the mayor will also be erected in Overton Park, Audubon Park, and other locations around the city.

2016:  A popular news magazine will publish its rankings of “Safest Places to Live.”  Memphis will tie with Somalia for dead last.

November 23, 2022:  A week after Herenton passes away, the Mayor’s office will issue a proclamation that Herenton has been named “Eternal Mayor” of Memphis.  From that point on the position of deputy mayor will be the highest-ranking active executive position in the city.

Tue update: Friends of St. Jude, PBR at Ground Zero, cigars, Bardog, and more

I got an e-mail today from a fairly new group called “Friends of St. Jude.” They are a group of young professionals who believe in “networking for a cause,” the cause being St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They hold monthly events for members, and for non-members who want to come check them out. This month’s happy hour is at South of Beale, this Thursday, August 20, from 6 to 8 PM. There’s a $5 cover, $10 for non-members. SOB will run specials for attendees: $3 drafts, $4 wells, and $4 house red and white wine. If interested in attending e-mail or visit the Facebook group “Friends of St. Jude – Memphis.” More info about the group available on their website.

I also got an e-mail from Nat who is the new GM of Ground Zero. She says a lot of good things are in the works, and after I talk to her in person I’ll have details to come. However, one piece of good news I already know about, that I think Downtowners will like… PBR on tap $2 all the time, 7 days a week.

The Madison Hotel is starting a monthly cigar series. The next Smoking Up High: High Class, Low Key event will be Tuesday, September 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, on the Madison rooftop. There will be selections from Havana Cigar Mix Emporium, a cash bar with sophisticated drinks, and a special menu with distinctive tapas and small place. Smokers can bring their own, or purchase from the selection on the rooftop. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are limited because of the rooftop’s small size. Call (901) 333-1224 to make reservations. The series will continue through November. Cigars? Wonder if Pete will be there.

Oh. Speaking of which… about 1 PM Sunday I showed up at the Saucer for Sunday Fun Day, and Pete was there with a big ol’ smile on his face, bragging that he had won three games of pool in a row. I dropped a set of quarters in the table, and about 10 minutes later he was saying


Later in the afternoon we had a rematch, and after I left him with 6 balls on the table, he was saying


Before I went to the Saucer on Sunday I had brunch at Bardog Tavern, and the lobster sandwich was every bit as good as I’d heard. The hash browns on the side were excellent too.

In other Bardog news… Aldo is already doing the $3 “ladies can drink what you want” happy hour from 5 to 7 weekdays, but he’s decided to give the guys a little something too… $3 Buffalo Trace during happy hour. Both sexes can get the Original Memphis Slider for $1.50 during those times.

Additional news on the September 20 Bardog anniversary party… seating for 64 outside in the alley, and the Underdog Room and the upstairs bar will be open too. The Jagermeister girls will be there from 2 to 4. There’s also something in their newsletter about lap dances from Demitrie and Jay, but I hope that’s a typo.

Congrats to South on Beale… just checked their Facebook page and saw that they scored 100 on their health inspection at the bar, and a 96 in the kitchen.  They’re celebrating with $3 Kirin and Sam Adams Summer until they run out.

Time to head to trivia… we should have a very good group there tonight, looking forward to it.

Circa’s new website, anniversary party

Circa by John Bragg has a new website that you can check out here. Features include new, easier reservation sign-ups; subscriptions to their e-mail newsletter; ability to purchase gift certificates online; photo galleries; and more.

I posted last week about their August 27 second anniversary party. I’ve now learned that the proceeds from the party will benefit Help the Least of These, a charity which helps the extreme poor in Africa, primarily in Kenya and Uganda. There will be a silent art auction and live charity auction, and you’ll also be able to make a donation at the door.

Party will feature complimentary beer and wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6 until 8 PM that night. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

There will be a special dinner with three course menu available at 8 – limited seating though, so be sure to call for reservations. Dinner menu will include a Circa House Salad, your choice of entree (Beef Tenderloin, Trout Grenobloise, or Roast Ashley Farms Chicken) and choice of dessert (Creme Brulee, Lemon Tart, or Il Diplomatico). There will also be a cash bar with happy hour prices throughout the night.

That’s all for now… I’ll be at trivia tonight at 7… I’ve been told that Pete the Trivia Guy is not feeling well, so Mikey the Substitute Trivia Guy will be calling it.