Wed update: Flyer poll voting open, Hunt-Phelan Home for sale, inspirational quote, 901 Day, craft beer at West Memphis Walgreens, Wednesday events, and more

Voting for the Memphis Flyer’s annual Best of Memphis poll has begun. You can vote here. Note that you can only vote once (rather than once per day as with other polls), and you must fill out 50 percent of the ballot for it to count. Because of the 50 percent rule, I like to get a print copy of the Flyer and fill out the ballot on paper before I get online and enter my selections.

After voting has ended, I’ll do a post about who I voted for in notable categories. I don’t like to talk about it while voting is going on, because I don’t want to skew the results. (You can probably figure out my vote for “Best Blog” though. I doubt my “Best Bar” vote will be much of a mystery either.)

The Hunt-Phelan Home is for sale. This historic pre-Civil War mansion is on Beale just east of Danny Thomas. It was most recently used as a bed and breakfast with a fine restaurant; honestly, I didn’t even realize the B&B had closed. If you have a little under $2.9 mil this home can be yours.

This morning I saw a great quote tweeted by Eric Mathews of EmergeMemphis/LaunchMemphis:

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, ‘What’s in it for me?'” -Brian Tracy

This could not be more true, and is worth printing out in 144 point type and placing where you can see it every day. If you’re an entrepreneur in Memphis, by the way, you need to follow Eric. He’s @ecmathews on Twitter.

September 1 has been designated 901 Day, a celebration of all the things that make Memphis a great place to live. (901 is Memphis’ area code, and September 1 is 9/01.) They are building a list of 901 Day celebrations on the website. I already know where I’ll be on that day – at the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, the Center for Southern Folklore’s 2-day celebration of local and regional music, food, and culture.

The FuzzyBrew blog has a good post up on craft beer you can buy at West Memphis Walgreens. Beers include Goose Island beers, Boulevard beers, and higher-alcohol New Belgium beers that can’t be found in Memphis.

Last night I did something I haven’t done in over a year – played trivia at the Flying Saucer. Five of us from the old 2005-11 Rapscallions team were there drinking beer, and we were invited by a few people on the rail to join them for the 10:00 game. Fun times. That place was packed for the earlier 7:30 trivia game… the inside room was as busy as a typical Friday night. Gift certificates of $50, $35, and $15 are awarded to the top 3 for each of the two Tuesday games.

Also last night, I got the paperwork done for my 6th plate party at the Flying Saucer. If you drink 200 different beers, you get a plate on the wall and a party for you and your friends, compliments of the bar. Normally the party bar tab is $100, but because it’s my sixth time around, I get a super-sized tab of $150. Email will be going out soon announcing the date and time.

Wednesday night. What’s going on?

  • LaunchMemphis Tech Cocktails happens at South of Beale tonight at 5:30. Techies, entrepreneurs, and creative people are invited to take part. $5 donation to LaunchMemphis gets you great networking and happy hour specials on food and drinks.
  • Brass Door Bingo, Open Mic Night, and wine specials at Brass Door. Yuengling kayak winner to be announced at 10.
  • Wine and pizza specials at Papa Pia’s
  • Also wine specials at Silly Goose and Itta Bena
  • Poker night at Bardog. I believe I remember Poker Jon saying there’s a special 9:15 start time tonight. Someone must have rented the Underdog Room for a private function for the early evening.
  • Trivia night at Blind Bear, 8:00
  • Belgian glass night at the Flying Saucer. Not only do you get to keep the glass, but you get a raffle ticket for a drawing for a trip to Belgium. Drawing to be held July 21. This is a sweet beer vacation worth about $6500.
  • There’s also a public meeting for the Lower Mississippi Resource Assessment from 4 to 8 PM on Mud Island.

Quick lunch, some fun with RSS feeds this afternoon, and then I’ll be out tonight. Probably start at the Saucer and figure out the rest of the night from there.