Thursday update

I won First Place and Best Team Name at Blind Bear trivia last night. Nice little $50 prize haul on a Wednesday evening.

One of the other teams was headed by Nate who tends to follow me to bars around the Downtown area. Following good Agile design practices, Nate and his team did Scrum after trivia, a post-mortem to discuss the reasons they lost. This is what they came up with:

  • I’m smarter than Nate’s team
  • I have better hair than Nate
  • I have hair

Friends and I were reminiscing about the good old days yesterday… specifically, the Fish Races at Sleep Out Louie’s. They had a tank filled with goldfish there. On Friday nights they would bring in rain gutters, and each participant in the races would scoop a fish out of the tank. We’d drop them in the rain gutters and squirt them with water guns. First fish to the end of its rain gutter wins. The races were bracketed, much like the NCAA tournament, but fish instead of basketball.

A quick message for any readers living in Senate District 33: My friend Drew Daniel has filed a petition to run for Republican State Committeeman in the August 2 election. I don’t often recommend Republicans on here but I have known Drew for over 20 years. He took my algebra and computer literacy classes at the U of M and we have stayed in touch since. I know him to be a man of integrity and public service. If you live in that district I hope you will give him consideration when you cast your ballot.

Court House Deli is hiring. Brad who owns the place is an awesome guy (although his taste in college football teams is questionable) and he seems like he would be great to work for. It’s a Monday-Friday lunch-only restaurant so there wouldn’t be evenings and weekends. Apply after 2 PM. It’s on the Main Street Mall north of Monroe next to The Peanut Shop.

Congratulations to Meddlesome Brewing Co., whose 201 Hoplar beer was crowned the king of Memphis beers in the recent Memphis Flyer beer bracket vote.

You’ve heard of pub crawls, but there will be a Pub Prance this Saturday at 3 PM. It will start at Civil Pour at 409 S. Main and will hit South of Beale, Green Beetle, Pontotoc Lounge and will end at the Silly Goose. There will be Tattersall giveaways including a grill and cornhole boards. I think the difference between a pub crawl and a pub prance is that you have to get your ankles up higher as you walk. Imagine you are a Clydesdale entered in a horse show.

In related news, there will be a bar crawl on the south end on St. Patrick’s Day. It will start at noon at Carolina Watershed (live music TBA). At 2 the party moves to the Ghost River taproom with live music by the Memph Orleans Street Symphony. Next up is the Dirty Crow Inn where Shufflegrit plays at 4. Last stop is Loflin Yard at 7-8ish with live music TBA. Food specials and drink specials at all four places.

Yesterday I signed my offer letter for my new job, had it scanned (love the FedEx Office at the Peabody, they are so nice there) and emailed it. That left me with 8 weekdays left to enjoy the life of the unemployed without worry. I decided to embark on a farewell tour of my Downtown lunch spots that I will not see again for some time. I named the tour the Perjorie T. Roll Lunch Series. First stop on the tour yesterday was The Little Tea Shop, where my troll and I had chicken and dressing.

One of the specials on Wednesday, this is a smothered chicken breast, dressing, gravy and the Tea Shop’s famous corn sticks, along with one side. I chose turnip greens as my side. Note that this is a real chicken breast, not slices of chicken breast meat as you often see with this dish. More Southern and authentic, but watch out for bones. One of the secrets to life is to dip the corn sticks in the potlikker from the turnip greens.

Artists: Two Beale Street design competitions have been announced. One is for the entrance to Handy Park and the other is for the two new archways at Main Street and Fourth Street.

I had a #YouAreSoMemphis moment yesterday. Announcers on ESPN were discussing Paul George. The graphic read, “What can OKC do to make PG-13 want to stay?” I immediately thought, “What are Wolfie D and JC Ice doing in Oklahoma?”

The View rooftop bar atop the Residence Inn at Main and Monroe opens a week from today, Thursday, March 15. Holly has the details.

Dine at Mollie Fontaine’s on March 29 and mention Memphis Pets Alive and they will receive 15% of your purchase price.

Wicked, the untold story of the Witches of OZ, kicked off its Memphis run at the Orpheum last night. The show will be here through March 25.

Talibah Safiya performs at Old Dominick tonight. $10 cover.

Brain Candy Live comes to the Cannon Center tonight.

Moody Ques: We are still looking at March 24 for a full team meeting and cookout. Details are being arranged.

Plan for today: I’m taking the Perjorie T. Roll Lunch Series to Court Square for the Thursday food truck rodeo. I’m making a rule that I have to try a food truck I have not tried before – apologies to Sushi Jimmi, RAWK’n Grub, Moe’s and Stickem if those trucks are there, but I only have two Thursdays left to do this. After that I have the rest of the day free and will be out at the usual spots. Back tomorrow with more news.