Lots of flood news to start off the lunchtime post today. On Twitter, the @MemFlood account posted this map, showing areas of Shelby County that will likely be/will possibly be under water by May 10 when the Mississippi crests. OH MY GOD. I didn’t realize how serious this is going to be. Large chunks of Memphis under water, especially around the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek.
Another good link is this chart that shows the current Mississippi River stage, and the forecast for several days out.
If you saw the I-40 bridge last night and wondered why it was not lit up, that’s due to the flood as well. They removed the transformer until the water recedes.
So, the flood will move BBQ Fest to Tom Lee Park. Participants now have two options: 1) They can make themselves miserable complaining about a situation they can’t change; or 2) They can laugh it off and resolve to have a good time anyway. Air Traffic Mike says it well in this post. BBQ team members who think they have problems because the festival was moved need to open the link in the first paragraph above, and see REAL problems.
So, tonight the Grizzlies play Game 2 at Oklahoma City at 8:30, game on TNT. Besides of the trivia night/watch party at Ferraro’s which I posted yesterday, I’ve learned of four other watch parties Downtown:
The Flying Saucer is canceling their weekly Tuesday trivia night this week so that full attention can be paid to the game. They’ll have the Grizzlies on 7 TVs, including two big screens, with sound.
South of Beale is having a watch party as well, with $3 Grizz Shots.
Spindini will have a watch party with happy hour prices during the game, and Grizzlies memorabilia giveaways.
Of course, the Grizzlies will host their own free watch party as well. Doors to the FedExForum will open at 7:30, an hour before game time.
If I hear of more watch parties, I’ll try to do an update after work. Once I get home, I’m going to wander down to the river and snap some pics. Undecided where to watch tonight. I agree that full attention on the game is necessary – trivia takes a back seat – so will end up at Saucer, Max’s, or possibly a friend’s house.
In other news, Christine’s by Shelton Clothiers has announced a Mother’s Day sale. If you can’t figure out exactly what to get her, buy her a $50 gift card to Christine’s and receive a $15 gift card free. Limit two per customer, with gift cards not valid on sale items.
That’s all for now. Off to eat a quick burger, then I’ll spend the afternoon figuring out which of 72 parameters is crashing my SQL statement. Next week, the only SQL I’ll see will be INSERT INTO paul VALUES (beer, bbq).