Tue update: Kayak giveaway, OKC signs Thabeet, city iPhone app, beer/food pairing Groupon, Memphian on TV, Aldo’s Pizza Pies

The Brass Door gives away its Yuengling kayak tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 11. Get in there and drink some pints of Yuengling to earn chances to win.

Here’s one for the “things I never thought I’d see” list: Free agent Hasheem Thabeet has been signed to an NBA contract. The OKC Thunder signed the former Grizzly center/#2 draft pick to a two-year guaranteed deal. Thabeet brings a lot to the team, including being 7’3″ and… uh… well, not much in the way of basketball skills… um… did I mention he was 7’3″? As a Grizzlies fan, I am very happy to see Thabeet on an opposing team in our division, and I hope he gets a lot of minutes.

The city of Memphis now has its own iPhone app. The app will keep you informed of things like weather, street closures, and special events. You can also use the app to report potholes and problem properties, and can attach photos with the reports you file. An Android version of the app will be released soon.

In the past I’ve written about beer and food pairings at the Flying Saucer and other Downtown restaurants. If you’ve enjoyed those and want to take it to the next level, there’s a Groupon for a beer and food pairing class at L’Ecole Culinaire. The class is normally $250, but with the Groupon you can get it for $99. If beer’s not your thing, there’s also a World of Wine class available via Groupon today.

Memphian on TV alert: A Memphian who moved to Norway will be featured on the TV show House Hunters International tonight. Show is on HGTV at 9:30 PM Central time.

Check out this Memphis Flyer article on Aldo’s Pizza Pies if you haven’t already. Yesterday I walked past the place and they were doing orientation. Several people saw me and saved. I suspect I’m going to feel right at home there from day one, just as I did at its sibling restaurant Bardog.

Last night I made my return to poker at the Silly Goose after several weeks off. It was the “super satellite” for a seat at the final table next week in Poker Jon’s league. Grand prize for the final table is an entry to the World Poker Open at Gold Strike in Tunica happening later this month. Pretty nice prize! I didn’t win the satellite, but might have if I’d played one hand differently. I’ll probably write a post about it in my poker blog sometime this week. That’s it for now, busy afternoon ahead.