I regret that I have to start my Wednesday lunchtime post with some bad news. Multiple sources report that a body was found last night in the area of Elvis Presley Blvd. and Winchester. The clothing matches what Beale Street ambassador Rudy Williams had on when he was last seen, and the location is only a few blocks from where Rudy lived. I suspected the worst, and sadly it looks like I was right. As bluesman Eric Hughes said this morning, Rudy has a new gig, playing out in front of Heaven, welcoming folks.
On to better news: CNBC reports that investors from around the country will gather in Memphis tomorrow to hear pitches from six teams. These teams have been through the SeedHatchery entrepreneurial boot camp for the past 90 days, receiving $15,000 startup funds and intense mentoring. They went through 60 activities to build their skills, and now they’ve reached the point where they are ready to leave the nest. Good luck to all the teams. I follow several of them on Twitter and have been amazed by all the hard work they’ve put in since February.
One of the teams produced an iPhone app named Krikle. Krikle is an augmented-reality app that lets you write on a virtual graffiti wall at any location. The graffiti you leave is then visible to other Krikle users through their phone’s camera. Really neat idea. I downloaded the app this morning and plan to have some fun trying it out tonight.
Here’s an interesting link I saw today: How to Make Deep Fried Beer.
Bikers: If you’re going to Bikes on Beale tonight, show your keys at BB King’s and you’ll get in for free, and you’ll get specials including $2.50 PBR, half off select appetizers, and 20% off any regularly priced retail item in their store.
Other stuff going on tonight: Redbirds play Albuquerque at 7:05. Ladies, with a heat wave moving in, a tube top would make great ballpark attire. It’s also pint night at South of Beale, ladies’ night at Bar None, poker night in the Underdog Room at Bardog (7:30), and Jeremy Stanfill plays the Silly Goose (9:30). I’ll probably be out somewhere playing with Krikle on my phone!