May 312010
 

Just found a few pics I took yesterday.  Let’s see what we’ve got on the ol’ camera.

Brick stopped by the Saucer window to talk. She had her Silly Goose work uniform on, including her too-short shorts. She wouldn't let me take a close-up pic of the shorts. :(

After the Saucer I stopped by the Tap Room. A hidden secret of the Tap Room is that they have really good food, because they share a menu and kitchen with King's Palace Cafe. Pictured here is the seafood pasta.

Then I walked to Calhoun's, where the very first thing I saw was the Nuh-Uh Girl eating.

The gang on Calhoun's patio

Technically, I satisfied the tube top requirement in this post, because the Nuh-Uh Girl has a tube top on in the pics, although it’s kind of a tube top fail because it’s being used as a cover-up for a bathing suit.  One or the other, not both!

Just hit Preview… nice to have a WordPress template that does captions properly!

About to head out and the camera will be with me.  Possibly more pics to come.

May 312010
 

I found out what caused those two explosions/fireballs at the end of Sunset Symphony fireworks Saturday night.  I was told that they were caused by two 55-gallon drums of unleaded gasoline, and it was not an accident.  Someone thought it would be a good idea to do that on purpose?  Geez.  I guess they wanted something different than the usual ending of a fireworks display.

Good article in the CA about how more businesses are making the move to South Main.  Affordable rents, charming neighborhood, friendly locals.

Just read my early-morning post… man I must have been drunk last night.  I’m still damn proud to get the mayorship of Bardog last night.  It was totally unexpected – I wasn’t really even trying for that one.

And finally, we’ll close this post with a little tube top education.  Tube top dresses, such as the ones pictured below, are acceptable attire for Tube Top Month.

Traditionalists would argue that these don’t really count as tube tops.  I disagree.  Tube dresses weigh more than tube tops, and therefore, there is a stronger pull against gravity and a higher probability that they won’t stay up.  So in a way, tube dresses are better than tube tops.

No big plans for the day… going to set up a new test site so I can play with the WordPress 3.0 release candidate.  After that, probably beer somewhere.

May 302010
 

If you’re off tomorrow and are looking to stay out late and have a true Downtown locals’ experience, I recommend FreeWorld at Blues City Cafe at Second and Beale.  Every Sunday they play at 10:30 PM, kinda late when you have work the next day, but totally do-able when Memorial Day is tomorrow.  Blues City is their home base, and Sunday night is the beginning of their weekend, so they really cut loose and jammonit.  Plus, being a holiday weekend, there will probably be more tube top hotties in the audience than normal.  They’re one of the best bands in the city, and Blues City is the best place to check them out.

May 302010
 

Yesterday’s plans got messed up somewhat, but it still ended up a fine day.  I spent the afternoon at the Saucer chatting with my friends Dennis and Mary Pat from Huntsville, then stopped by Rio Loco for a quick bite to eat.  Next stop was to be Tom Lee Park, where I had tube tops waiting on me.  However, I pulled up WeatherBug and it showed that rain was about to come through.  I wasn’t real interested in another rainy day in the park, so I went home to wait it out.  I ended up not getting to the park until 8 PM.

However, even though I wasn’t there, people were still snapping pics on my behalf.  Here are a couple of pics someone e-mailed me of the Nuh-Uh Girl.

The Nuh-Uh Girl deciding what to eat next

… and, after the decision has been made.

So anyway, I got to the park at 8 and started texting people trying to find anyone I knew.  Trouble is, most of the friends I was trying to meet got there at 4 and were near the stage, and I had to wade through a sea of people to find them.  In Tom Lee Park there are these poles with numbers on them.  I think maybe the barges and riverboats use them to identify their position.  And during May, so do festival-goers.  “I’m at Pole 9, on the riverside,” texted Bicycle Bobby, who was an important person to find because he had PBR.  (You can bring your own beer and booze to Sunset Symphony, as long as it’s not in glass.)

I went to pole 9.  Bicycle Bobby was nowhere in sight, but I saw my group of friends.  I stopped long enough to mooch a beer and take this pic of Sarah and friend:

Normally I would have stayed and hung with them the rest of the evening, but my friend Suzy was texting me to come find her near the left end of the stage, and rumor had it that Suzy had on a pink tube top, commando.  So I bid my friends adieu after mooching a beer, and told them I’d come back shortly.  I made a stupid mistake here:  I failed to snap a pic of Lauren from Calhoun’s, who had on a purple tube top.

I waded through the crowd to get from the riverside to the sidewalk side.  It took me a good 10 minutes because I had to dodge blankets, lawn chairs, kids, food, coolers, you name it.  Tried to find the tube tops I was looking for, then realized that even if I found them, I was going to have to turn right around and walk to the porta-potties to trade in the last two beers I’d consumed.  By the time I got that done, I’d had enough of the crowd and was ready to say “screw it” and leave.

Fortunately I had a good Plan B.  My friends Lee and Lauren had called earlier in the day.  They were having people over at their condo at the Lofts on Tennessee Street.  So I walked over there to watch the fireworks.  Here are a few pics.

Lauren and Morgan dancing

The Nuh-Uh Girl wasn’t on the rooftop, so there was plenty of food for everyone.

Shawn, Morgan and Joe watching the fireworks

Toward the end of the show, I set the camera to video mode and started filming.  I got more than I bargained for.  About a minute after I rolled the camera, there was an explosion and two fireballs and the show was abruptly over.  I never found out what happened, but that did not seem to be the intended grand finale.  See video below, where you can see the first fireball and explosion at the end.  Everyone ran to the edge of the roof to see what happened, so I turned my camera off and missed the second fireball.

After it was over, we went downstairs and played Rock Band for a while.  No bars for me afterward… I decided to call it a night.

And now it’s an extra-long Sunday Fun Day, with no work tomorrow.  Time to recharge the camera battery, drink some caffeine and get out there.

May 302010
 

Don’t forget that Kooky Canuck is celebrating Memorial Day Eve by offering 99 cent Super Cold Bud Light from open to close Sunday, May 30.  Good chance to drink a lot of beer for cheap.  If it’s the usual schedule, it should be Magan behind the bar for the day shift.  Magan sometimes wears tube tops when she bartends.

Unusual event tonight:  I cut myself off from beer about 9 PM, and it looks like I’m going to get my first night of sleep without any alcohol in my system since before BBQ Fest.  Finally, I’m going to catch up on that precious REM sleep.  I have a recap of Saturday’s events, with a few pics and even a video, but it’ll have to wait until morning.  Time for bed.

May 292010
 

’70s disco band KC and the Sunshine Band plays Sunset Symphony tonight.  They had many famous dance hits including “Shake Your Booty,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “That’s the Way (I Like it),” “Get Down Tonight,” and “Give it Up.”

Ladies, are you trying to figure out what to wear to Sunset Symphony?  Why not boogie down in ’70s style with a tube top?  Throw yourself back to the days when KC first performed these songs on stage.

Still working on the new theme for the blog, so it will be kind of messy for the next few hours, if not longer.

May 292010
 

I’m playing around with new WordPress themes today, in order to enhance your tube top viewing pleasure.  This blog may appear somewhat discombobulated this weekend as I experiment with theme options.  Hopefully, I’ll have the blog back and looking better than ever before you know it.  Stay tuned.

May 292010
 

I kicked off Tube Top Month at Trolley Night in South Main.  Here are some pics.

Hummus shooters at South of Beale.  I didn’t see my health guru but I imagine she was wolfing these down like the Nuh-Uh Girl at some point in the evening.

DJ on South Main

Barbershop quartet

Brandon grilling burgers and dogs at the SMA party next to Bluff City Coffee

Edison waiting on food to come off the grill

Suzy in a black tube top, unfortunately not commando.  I have a feeling this may turn into “the Suzy blog” over the next 33 days.  But that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Susie and Amanda at the Mpact Memphis open house.  Susie, by the way, is one of several friends of mine who is an attorney.  Sometimes it can be good to have friends.

Suzy and Mikey at Calhoun’s.

Okay, I have to take a break to tell a quick story.  I was sitting at the bar drinking PBR, and Rebecca (not THAT Rebecca, different Rebecca) was playing Buzztime Trivia next to me.  She told me that she had logged into her Buzztime account online and designed her own avatar.  “For female avatars, you can pick the cup size – A. B, or C,” she said.  “But the sizes actually look like B, C, or DD.”  That’s hot.  I asked if there was a tube top clothing option for the avatar.  She said no.  I’m sending Buzztime a complaint.

When demand exceeds supply.  See the second tap from the left.  Calhoun’s didn’t anticipate it would get so busy after trolley tour and they ran out of PBR.  I was trying to figure out when I’d head north, and this made my decision easy.

Later, at Bardog.  Suzy and Traci both wore tube tops just for me.

Another side story.  I had a guy who moved here from Philadelphia compliment me on the blog.  “The thing about Memphis is, there’s a lot of fun to be had, but you have to go find it.  A lot of people complain about Memphis, because they think it’s not a fun city, but you have to go out and find your fun.  You help people find their fun.”  This guy gets it.  That’s why I write this blog.

Looks like I’m going to Sunset Symphony tomorrow… probably more tube top pics coming soon.