Monday update

Peabody Place will be closed in the evenings this week for re-paving. They are doing the work in the evenings to minimize the impact on traffic. Plan accordingly if that’s a route you take.

There will be a ribbon-cutting for the new South Main Bumpus Harley-Davidson this Saturday, June 9, with special guest Bill Davidson, great-great-grandson of William “Bill” Davidson, one of the original founders of Harley-Davidson 115 years ago. More than 100 riders are expected to participate in a ride from the store on Whitten Rd. to the new South Main store.

Trey Moore, executive director of Explore Bike Share, will be the featured speaking at the South Main Association meeting on Tuesday, June 12. He will talk about Explore’s program and how the benefits of bike sharing can be enjoyed by everyone. Afterward there will be a Q&A. The meeting will be at the Rumba Room. 6:00 social, 6:30 program, and you can stay afterward for Latin dance lessons. Drink specials for meeting attendees and the SMA will provide light appetizers. Free for members, $10 non-members.

Two Motown legends, The Temptations and The Four Tops, come to the Orpheum October 3.

Memphis made national news this weekend, in a good way. CNN had a story about how Memphis Inner City Rugby transforms teens’ lives.

Roundhouse Revival makes its return to the Mid-South Coliseum on July 21. It will be a free day of wrestling, basketball, food trucks, community groups, water slides, voter registration and more.

A friend of mine gave me a tip that the gyro at Grecian Gourmet is really top-notch. I will have to try that soon. If you haven’t been yet, Grecian Gourmet is in the old Onix space on Main near Huling.

This weekend I got into a lively discussion with two of my BBQ teammates and bartender PBjaRni about the party bikes in Downtown and Midtown. One thing brought up was bike riders going “WOOOOOOOO!” as they go down the street. For the benefit of my readers, here is a Should you go “WOOOOOOOO!” checklist.

  • Have you ever been a member of The Four Horsemen or Evolution?
  • Do you have a robe with “Nature Boy” in sequins on the back?
  • Have you won at least 16 world titles?

If your answer to these questions is YES, then it is appropriate for you to go “WOOOOOOOO!” on a party bike. Otherwise it is not appropriate.

Fun time at brunch at Pontotoc Lounge yesterday. Tony sat in a seat where I’d be looking right at him every time the door opened, and B-RAD and I reminisced about how… someone else… used to do that at Blind Bear brunch. Later in the day Rahul referred to Tony as “a big piece of Easter Bunny chocolate” and for the first time in my life I wished I was deaf.

Later in the day I made the trek over to Max’s Sports Bar for BBQ nachos.

This was a HALF order and it was humongous. Good value on the menu at Max’s. Of course the $2.50 PBR is value drinking at its finest.

While we’re on the subject of Max’s, I look forward to watching my Arkansas Razorbacks there in the coming days. The Hogs locked up a Super Regional spot last night with a victory over Dallas Baptist. As a top-eight seed, the Razorbacks will host the Super Regional in Fayetteville, playing either South Carolina or UNC Wilmington. Note that expected opponent #12 ECU did not advance, so the Hogs have a very good shot at becoming OmaHogs and earning a trip to the College World Series this year.

My AT&T Call Protect app on my iPhone really does work! Saturday afternoon I got this notification:

And this morning I got this one:

Sunday night I got a call from a friend, confirming that Call Protect does not stop you from getting calls you actually want. Lifehacker has more information on getting your phone to screen spam calls.

The G7 summit is this weekend, with leaders of world powers gathering to discuss topics like climate change, women’s empowerment, and building a more peaceful world. And we’re sending Donald Trump. Oh my God what a shitshow that is going to be.

Melania Trump has not been seen in public in 24 days, and it has been announced that she will not go to Quebec for the G7 Summit or Singapore for the U.S.-North Korea Batshit Crazy summit. Is it possible Donald Trump will become the first president in history to have his wife leave him while in office?

And could admitted adultery nullify a prenuptial agreement? Time to pop some popcorn. The next two weeks could get real interesting.

Back tomorrow with more news. I’ll be out at happy hour somewhere tonight, but I haven’t figured out where yet.