Mon update: Southwest in Memphis, Chili’s/St. Jude, holiday parade, Saucer calendar and more

Potentially good news for Memphis this morning. One of the best airlines in the world, Southwest, which does not serve Memphis, is buying out one of the worst airlines in the world, AirTran, which does serve Memphis. This MBQ article suggests that Southwest will probably operate all the routes under one brand, and therefore it’s possible will finally get Southwest in Memphis. Too early to know for sure, though.

I hope they come… when I had my business trip to New Orleans back in July, I canceled my plane ticket and drove when I saw I’d be flying AirTran. Had it been Southwest I would have flown.

If you haven’t eaten yet and you’re trying to decide where, may I suggest Chili’s? 100% of profits today got to St. Jude.

The CCC is offering a $1000 cash prize to the non-commercial entity or group of individuals with the best entry in this year’s Memphis Holiday Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 4 at 5 PM. “Entrants are encouraged to pull out all the stops,” the CCC wrote, “Costumes, face paint, blinking lights, and DIY floats or other creative modes of transportation – anything with high visual appeal. Unusual or themed entries are welcome.” Go to for more information.

The Flying Saucer is giving away its annual Beer Knurd calendar tonight to UFO members. Each month features a pic of a different Saucer location, with one of the location’s main regular posing with their favorite Saucer girls. I know who is featured from Memphis, and while I won’t give away the surprise, they’re two very nice people who I’m always happy to see when they’re in town. The Saucer says, “Come early, when they’re gone they’re gone,” but if I remember last year, they were pushing those calendars on anyone who would take them for a good month or so.

Then there’s the usual other Monday night stuff going on: Half price pizza and wine at Spindini, Texas Hold’em at the Silly Goose at 9 and 11:30, deals on wings and Bud Light at Kooky Canuck during Monday Night Football.

As usual, I’ll be at Pint Nite about 6.