Monday update

My world business traveler friend Randy returned to Memphis last week. This time he’d been to New Zealand. He brought a goodie bag for me to Bardog with him Saturday.

These olives are SO GOOD! I wonder if I took them to Aldo’s Pizza Pies, would they put them on a pizza for me?

“Kiwi Poo,” chocolate covered peanuts.

Venison salami. I haven’t tried this yet but I am sure it is delicious!

Also in the goodie bag:

  • A “Keepin’ It Kiwi” hoodie, which I’m wearing right now
  • A huge bar of chocolate
  • A bottle of vodka

Sunday morning I woke up around 7:30. With the bars not opening until 11, I found myself bored at home with nothing to do. I decided to start on the chocolate bar and the bottle of vodka. By 10 AM I’d finished half of each. With an hour remaining to kill, I took a seat on the sofa…

… and fell asleep for what seemed like a brief moment…

Then I woke up and checked my phone. It was 12:35. I thought something was wrong with my phone! But then I looked out the window and saw the sun directly overhead, and I realized I really had slept two-plus hours.

I threw on my clothes and hurried to Blind Bear. Chico behind the bar saw me come in. He ran to the kitchen door and shouted, “Tony, he’s here!”

A few seconds later, Tony came out of the kitchen, on his phone. “Yeah. He’s here. He just came in,” Tony said to whomever he was talking to.

Turns out I had told my friends Allie Cat and Butt Slut #1 I’d meet them at 11 at Bardog. When I no-showed, they were worried sick. Oops!

Let’s have a look at local basketball this week:

  • Monday, December 18 (tonight): Memphis Grizzlies away at Oklahoma City Thunder, 7:00 PM. TV: Bally Sports
  • Tuesday, December 19: Memphis Tigers at home vs. Virginia Cavaliers, 6:00 PM. TV: ESPN2. Virginia was ranked #22 in last Monday’s AP Top 25.
  • Tuesday, December 19: Memphis Grizzlies away at New Orleans Pelicans, 6:30 PM. TV: TNT. Ja Morant is eligible to return as of this game.
  • Thursday, December 21: Memphis Grizzlies at home vs. Indiana Pacers,7:00 PM. TV: Bally Sports. Free rally flag to the first 10,000 fans.
  • Saturday, December 23: Memphis Tigers at home vs. Vanderbilt, 3:00 PM. TV: CBS
  • Saturday, December 23: Memphis Grizzlies away at Atlanta Hawks, 7:00 PM: TV: Bally Sports

Tickets are still available for Bardog’s New Year’s Eve 2024 Bash.

What does a ticket get you?

  • Six and a half hours (7:00 to 1:30) access to a food buffet – and we’re talking PREMIUM food here. Fliet mignon, shrimp cocktails, that kind of stuff.
  • A completely open bar
  • Ring in the new year in a familiar place – a place that isn’t overcrowded like most NYE parties (they’re capping ticket sales at 100) and isn’t full of douchebags
  • Vueve Cliquot champagne toast at midnight

Tickets are $150 and that includes tax and gratuity. I don’t recommend a lot of New Year’s Eve parties, because they mostly all suck – but this is one I can get behind.

From the DM: Hire Local develops health care jobs in Memphis Medical District

Today is National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. will have a tailgate and watch party for December 29’s Liberty Bowl. Food truck Big River Dogs will be on site. Prefer to drink at home? They’ll be selling six-packs to go for $9.01 all day.

Congratulations to Brett Roler, new COO of the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Grizzlies jobs!

Today’s specials at Bardog:

  • Beef stroganoff pasta – 22
  • Grilled buffalo chicken sandwich – bacon, American, lettuce, tomato, pickle, ranch – 17
  • Soup: Lobster bisque
  • Dog: Bacon, red pepper, tomato, pepperoncini, spicy mayo
  • Mussels: Garlic, tomato, white wine
  • Bourbon pecan pie
  • Chocolate cake

Since the specials are time-sensitive, I’ll stop here and hit Publish. Possibly a second post later today.