Wed update: Dropbox, Central BBQ/South Main, Love Train @ Brass Door tomorrow night, South Main/earthquakes, Saucer to open at 4 on Easter

One of the websites I’ve found most useful is Dropbox. It gives you 2 GB of space to store your files in “the cloud.” The service is completely free of charge. Once you save a file to your Dropbox, it’s then available on every device on which you have Dropbox installed – computers, tablets, smartphones. Some of the ways I’ve used Dropbox include:

  • Transferring pics I took with my iPhone to a computer for use in blog posts. Since I have a Mac I can use iCloud for this too, but Dropbox is more handy since it also works with Windows computers.
  • I uploaded photos of a BBQ Fest board meeting/food sampling to a Dropbox folder. I then shared the folder with our team’s sponsor, so he could download the photos and use them on his own site and social media accounts.
  • I have several social media ebooks that I use both at home for my own sites, and for work. Dropbox is the perfect place to store those.
  • I have several poker tutorials in PDF format. I can put those in Dropbox and then read them on whatever device I have handy at the time – my iPhone, my Kindle Fire, or my Android tablet.
  • I uploaded photos of Downtown’s worst panhandlers/scammers to a folder in Dropbox. That allows me to quickly pull up a photo on my iPhone to show police if I catch one of them doing “fake parking attendant” or similar scam.

You can use this link to sign up for Dropbox and get an extra 500 MB of free space, for a total of 2.5 GB. (I get an extra 500 MB too when you use my link to sign up.) Believe me, once you have Dropbox you will find uses for it.

A couple of weeks ago there was a mention of a “highly celebrated” BBQ restaurant coming to the South Main area. I mentioned that I’d heard rumors of this for over a year and it would be a big deal if/when it happens. Well, today the Daily News let the cat out of the bag: Central BBQ is coming to South Main. They’ve filed a permit to convert the building at 147 E. Butler from a commercial kitchen into a restaurant. The building sits cat-a-corner to the Civil Rights Museum on St. Martin Street at Butler. They hope to have the restaurant open in the next two months. Meanwhile, they plan on having their new tie-dyed food truck at the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday.

Here’s an additional article on the new Central location from the MBJ. They say that one room will be a patio and will have garage doors like the Flying Saucer has.

What a great thing for South Main. Just think about it – a year ago the neighborhood didn’t have Rizzo’s Diner, it didn’t have the Double J, it didn’t have Grawemeyer’s, it didn’t have the Green Beetle. Max’s didn’t have liquor and the Monkey had karaoke night on Saturday. How things have improved! The only long-term issue I can see is that parking will become a problem as South Main becomes more of a destination from other parts of the city.

Here’s a video about the Love Train event happening tomorrow night at the Brass Door:

The Love Train leaves the station tomorrow night at 8:30, with Diamond Dave spinning ’70s tunes all night. Happy hour prices all night to anyone in ’70s attire.

The National Earthquake Conference will take place in Memphis April 10-13, in observance of the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid quakes. On Tuesday evening, April 10, there will be a discussion about retrofitting the buildings of South Main. Many of these buildings are 100 years old, and plans will be discussed to make them last another 100 years. More information can be found here. The discussion will take place from 7 to 9:30 PM in the Venetian Room at the Peabody. At 6:30 there will be a hosted reception and light refreshments. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Flying Saucer will open at 4 this Sunday, rather than its usual noon opening time because it’s Easter. Meh. Maybe I’ll stay in Sunday afternoon and get my taxes done. Definitely not doing Majestic that day because it will be super crowded for Easter brunch. Not sure if Bardog is doing regular hours Sunday, but if so that might be an option.

I had a good night last night. Started at the Saucer talking BBQ with one of the Squeal Street team members. About 7:45 I left for the Blind Bear, and my timing was impeccable, as the conversation would have turned into The Muppet Show if I’d stayed even a minute longer. I was much happier with my poker performance last night than I was with Monday’s. My aggression level was higher and I found the right spots to get chips in. I didn’t win, but I at least made the final table and survived to the 2000/4000 level.

Probably going to take a night off from poker this evening, but for those who want to play, Bardog is the place to be at 7:30. Poker Jon is the host.