Lots of news from the DNA and more: Tuesday update #2

Gotta love Bruce V from the Memphis Flyer. Every Tuesday at 2:15, Cerrito Trivia tweets the trivia question of the week. Here was this week’s:

Bruce V’s response:

The Downtown Neighborhood Association emailed their monthly newsletter today, and there is some good stuff in there. I want to share a few links for the benefit of those that don’t subscribe:

Hang a yellow ribbon to show that you miss the trolleys. There is now an app called Transloc you can use to find your trolley or MATA bus. Also, the trolley drivers are being trained to be ambassadors for Downtown. Drivers are being trained to share information about our neighborhood – for example, that the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson is the most filmed location in the city. This adds value to the experience of riding the trolley.

Grizzlies president Jason Wexler spoke to the DNA recently. Wexler noted that the reason the Grizzlies are such a successful franchise is the organization’s tight bond with the community, and how the growth of the Grizzlies has correlated to the revitalization of Downtown.

The Downtown Memphis Commission gave the DNA an update on the fight against blight in the neighborhood.

DNA members helped clean up the riverbank recently.

Hopefully my readers are out voting today, and hopefully they are Feeling the Bern. Here’s an interesting article from the Daily Beast: Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura will run for president if Bernie loses and Hillary becomes the nominee for the Democrats. Ventura hates both parties, seeing them as controlled by the oligarchy, and is an independent with a libertarian streak. I follow him on Facebook and I must admit I like a lot of what he has to say.

Energy-drink BBQ sauce will be on the menu when the Braves’ season opens in Atlanta. I hope this is something I never see in the Moody Ques tent at BBQ Fest.

That’s it for now. Home from work, off to happy hour with Mary at the Blind Bear. Time for some PBR.

Tuesday morning update: St. Pat’s parade and other news

The 43rd annual Silky O’ Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens Saturday, March 12 at 3 PM on Beale Street. This is probably the best parade of the year, with local floats and marching bands. Expect to catch a lot of candy and beads being thrown from the floats (and expect to get hit in the head with a cabbage if you’re my friend Bones). The event is family-friendly. It’s a good idea to get there 30 minutes early and stake out your spot.

I learned something new about Bedrock Eats & Sweets at Main and Vance last night. I knew they had dine-in service, but did you know that they have pre-prepared food orders? There is a different menu (dinner and breakfast) each day, and you place your order by the previous Friday and arrange a pickup location. The menu looks really good with dishes like organic Italian meatball marinara with vegetables, chicken tikka masala, and banana nut bread with almond butter and breakfast sausage.

The owner of 100 N. Main could face a fine of up to $600 per day. In January, Judge Larry Potter ordered a fence to be put up around three sides of the building to protect pedestrians for falling debris. The problem is that it’s illegal to block a city sidewalk, punishable of a fine of $200 per day. 100 N. Main’s fence blocks three sidewalks.

Scoops. the gelato and crepe shop on G.E. Patterson, Instagrammed a photo of their brown sugar blueberry gelato. Looks good.

The search to find a company to manage Mud Island has been narrowed to two.

The Memphis Tigers have two regular-season road games left. They play at Temple Thursday night at 6 (ESPN), and at ECU on 3 PM Sunday. I’ll try to find out if my “home away from home on the south side,” Max’s Sports Bar, will be opening early for the Sunday game. Usually they do. Most likely these games will be two of our last chances to see Josh Pastner as head coach.

My favorite pair of librarian glasses was bartending Blind Bear last night, and I learned she also has tutored people in math and other subjects. I put myself through my first year of grad school by tutoring. My claim to fame is that I can explain derivatives, a core concept of calculus, in 10 minutes a way so simple that a 9-year-old could understand them. Maybe I will post that explanation on here sometime.

Off to work, perhaps another post later today.