Tuesday update #2

In case you didn’t end your day on a highlight yesterday, Scott Van Pelt of ESPN devoted his 1 Big Thing segment to the Grizzlies last night. SVP: “You can honor yourselves in defeat. The Grizzlies did.” Completely agree. Congratulations Grizzlies, because given what you had to work with, you exceeded expectations.

Hot Rods on Beale starts tonight at 6. It will happen the 4th Tuesday of every month through the fall.

Jerry “The King” Lawler’s new bar opens at 159 Beale this Friday with my friend Eric Hughes playing there from 5 to 8. There will be Slamburgers, Pile Driver drinks, and plenty of wrestling memorabilia.

Felicia Suzanne’s has added a Grit Bowl to its menu, with organic stone ground Hanna Farm Grits, brown butter, and Bonnie Blue feta.

Details of Tubby Smith’s contract with the University of Memphis have been released. Like Pastner, he will get 100% of his buyout if fired without cause, but there are no rollover clauses. In other Tiger news, the NCAA is expected to make a rule change Thursday that will allow Keelon Lawson to be reassigned to a non-coaching role, keeping his sons Dedric and K.J. here in Memphis.

I have posted trophy photos from Southaven on the Moody Ques website. Team members – check your email please. If you did not get an email last night email paul@paulryburn.com and I will fix it.

I posted this morning before work, so scroll down to read more Tuesday news. Leaning toward a lead-off at Brass Door for happy hour, then will decide my next stop after that.

Tuesday update

Downtown Memphis is a place where anything can happen. About 9 I was sitting at the Blind Bear, thinking, “Gonna call it an early night. Soon as I finish this beer I’m out.” Next thing I knew, I was showing tourists around. I took them to Silky’s patio because they wanted to see the goats. Then they were hungry and I described the Double-Double from Dyer’s and they thought that sounded perfect. We walked down there to find that Dyer’s closes earlier than I thought on weekdays. So I took them to Kooky Canuck for Yonge St. Burgers. Fun night.

Prior to that, they had wrestling on at the Blind Bear for a while. If you grew up in the ’90s watching The Rock, or the ’80s watching Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair, the next big talker in the business has arrived. Introducing Enzo Amore and Big Cass:

My name… is Enzo Amore. And I’m a certified G, and a bonafide stud. And You Can’t. Teach. That. And this right here, this is Big Cass. And he is seven foot tall… And You Can’t. Teach. That. Ba da boom, realest guys in the room. HOWYOUDOIN’!

A big red ball that has been all over the world is coming to Memphis. It will be Downtown for Music Fest weekend at the New Daisy, Beale Street Landing, and 409 S. Main. On May 3 it will be at the MyHQ block party in Barboro Alley.

Memphis Magazine has a great article about the DJ at the best nightclub in the world. Raiford has been going strong for over 40 years.

Another well-known Downtowner, Shawn Danko of Kooky Canuck, talks about food from Canada as we head into Memphis in May.

South Main Sounds is doing a special early songwriter night Friday so people can catch their event then head to Memphis in May. It happens 5:30-7:00 in the evening at 550 S. Main. Ashlee K. Thomas, Chris Hill, Lydia Waldrop, Todd Poole and Amy Jamison-Poole will perform.

The Redbirds have a $40 ticket to their exclusive club level tonight. I think this may be the one I blogged about a couple of days ago that includes food, beer, and wine. They play the Round Rock Express at 6:35 with the gates at 5:30. There are $1 King Cotton hot dogs every Tuesday.

Heading out to work. Possibly another post later today.

Cheese plate @ Loflin Yard + Monday news

I didn’t make it to Loflin Yard this weekend, although looking back I sure wish I had gone there rather than Wing Fest. My friend Jeremy Miller did, and he took a photo of this gorgeous cheese plate, which I asked for permission to use on my blog.

loflincheeseplateI have not heard of anyone who has had a bad experience at Loflin Yard. What a great fit for the neighborhood. It’s in South End, at 7 West Carolina.

“I don’t know you, but I know you from the blog” strikes again: Yesterday at Wine Race, I was catching up with Bones, one of the big dogs on Squeal Street BBQ. He and I were talking about the Moody Ques’ strong showing at Southaven Springfest the day before. Nearby was my Blind Bear bartender B-RAD, off work early so he could participate in the 4-person wine relay.

“Hey, are you Brad?” asked Bones. “I don’t know you but I feel like I know you from reading Paul’s blog.” They talked for a few minutes and Bones asked, “Do you do BBQ Fest?”

“I’m not on a team but I go visit The Moody Ques and Porkosaurus,” said B-RAD.

“Well, now you have another team to visit,” Bones said. “Squeal Street BBQ. We’re a few booths down the sidewalk from these guys (pointing at me) in Shoulder. Come see us and get some BBQ.”

I think it’s very nice that the Squeal Street members who have never met B-RAD will get to. Be sure to ask him what it’s like to have a well-known local blogger at his bar every Sunday, and if he has any stories about me. :mrgreen:

I haven’t looked at the photos I took yesterday, but I have a feeling they’re not very good. I was more interested in just hanging out with my friends than I was in taking photos. I have to say it was a real pleasure to be part of the Blind Bear family yesterday. The Bear’s Queen of the Vine contestant gave me her hat to wear after the event was over.

2016-04-24 16.33.23Several people commented that the hat looked good on me, so it’s probably coming to BBQ Fest at least one day.

Comedy returns to The Brass Door tomorrow night at 9. Katherine Jessup of DC and Justin Thompson of Atlanta will headline, and also appearing will be Memphis Rap Queen Happi Johnson, and the Oxford, MS Vigilante Comedy duo of Connor King and Sam Lyons.

Here’s a video of Mayor Strickland lip-syncing “Great Balls of Fire.”

The Redbirds play the Round Rock Express at 6:35 tonight at AutoZone Park. Yesterday at the Blind Bear a friend of mine told me how to watch Memphis’ AAA team in style. “Get a club-level ticket for $62,” he told me.

“Sixty-two dollars?” I replied, “To watch a baseball game?” That didn’t start out sounding like a deal to me.

“Yeah, but it’s all-inclusive,” he told me. “You not only get a club seat, but an all-you-can-eat buffet and all-you-can-drink beer and wine. For a 7:00 game, I think the buffet starts at 6 and goes until 8:30. Wine and beer through the end of the 7th inning.” Obviously I wouldn’t want to spend that kind of money every night, but for someone like me who goes to one or two games a year, it’s something to consider.

I got clarification on how the Moody Ques’ 12th place finish in shoulder in Southaven was better than our 9th place finish in Atoka. The Memphis Barbecue Network uses the same scoring system at every event, and our score in Southaven was seven points higher than our Atoka score. So our cooking continues to improve. Some of the most successful BBQ competitors in the park came to our cooks and said, “Keep on doing exactly what you are doing. Do not change a thing. It’s always the luck of the draw which table your blind box ends up on. You can’t help that, but your preparation is on point. You are going to be a serious competitor.”

That’s it for now. It’s Melissa Monday night at Bardog. I will be there after work.

Spinach and onion pakoras @ Memphis Farmers Market, Moody Ques win a trophy and more Sunday news

As I have said many times, there is a lot more to love about the Memphis Farmers Market than simply fresh produce. Yesterday I visited my favorite food truck at the market, the tandoori truck, and tried an item I had never had before.

2016-04-23 10.01.14

Spinach and onion pakoras with a side of veggies and yogurt for dipping. This was a monstrous amount of food for $7. Cooked from scratch and it only took about 5 minutes. They have sauces you can put on your food at the tandoori truck, including an Indian plum sauce and several of the hot sauces sold at the market. The pakoras are hot when you get them, so it’s a good idea to wait a couple of minutes before digging in. By the way, I don’t know if I have any vegetarians who read this blog, but on the off-chance that I do, more than half the items the tandoori truck sells are meatless.

I found a seat at a table in the main corridor of the market, where I had plenty of room to eat my pakoras as I watched people shop.


What is the Memphis Farmers Market, Alex?

My seat in the front part of the main corridor gave me an excellent vantage point to people-watch. And many of the people were women in yoga pants! “Why have I not been coming here every week for the entire 11-year run of the market?” I wondered as I watched people walk around.

After finishing my food, I was a man on a mission. My Saturday brunch bartender Bloom had mentioned that she wanted some mint so she could make mojitos. “They sell it at the grocery store, but in such huge bags that I throw most of it away,” Bloom told me. After visiting several vendors selling green, leafy stuff including lots of kale, I found what I was looking for.

2016-04-23 11.00.21

I found a perfect-sized bundle of mint for Bloom for only $2. “Which one is the mint?” I had to ask the vendor, because it was indistinguishable to me from all the other green produce.

The Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. It runs well into the fall months. The weather was beautiful yesterday but at one point I found myself wishing it was late September as I walked around the market.

I forgot that Bardog gets super busy super early the day of Hot Wing Fest. I am known for getting there right at 11 and being the first person in the door (or second if my “DAWG” John D goes in first). Yesterday I got there precisely at 11, yet I was the 12th person in the door! I barely got a seat at the bar! Luckily it was near the window so I could watch people go by as they walked to Wing Fest… and watch MLGW dig up Monroe Avenue, as they have been doing every day for the past four months.

About 2 I walked over to Wing Fest. I was happy to pay my $15 to support the Ronald McDonald House but I didn’t stay long. I made one loop through the park and I was out. Only about 20% of teams had wings out as I walked around and there were long lines for those that did have them. Too many strollers, too many people who didn’t know how to put one foot in front of the other. If I go next year, my friends the Pirtles have a VIP option for an additional donation to the Ronald McDonald House and I may do that. At any rate, by 2:45 I was headed south to see my favorite pair of librarian glasses at the Blind Bear.

I considered a trip south to Max’s Sports Bar at 4:30, but decided I was comfortable where I was and remained at the Bear. Before long texts from Southaven started coming in. The Moody Ques were down there competing at Springfest and the results were good. For the first time since we started competing under our current name, we won a trophy for food! We took third in the Seafood competition. I know Erik is our point man on seafood, so congratulations to him as well as Frank, Clay, John D and everyone else who was part of the Southaven event.

There was more good news: We finished 12th out of approximately 50 teams in Shoulder. This was said to have been a better finish than our 9th in Atoka because of the number of teams.

Hey gang, someone want to take a photo of the trophy and text it or email it to me? That absolutely needs to be on the team website.

I would also like to congratulate my friend Heath and his team Victory Lane BBQ on their Grand Champion win at a MBN/KCBS event yesterday at Springfest. Great job!

Keelon Lawson has made it publicly known that if Tigers basketball coach Tubby Smith does not retain him as an assistant, his sons K.J. and Dedric are done with the University of Memphis, and they can say goodbye to 2019 prospect Chandler and 2021 prospect Johnathan. I know this is an unpopular opinion but I think Tubby needs to show Mr. Lawson the door. How can Tubby make the program his own if one of his employees bullies him and has the ammo to continue to bully him until possibly 2025?

As I walked down Main Street on my way to the Farmers Market yesterday, I noticed that a new cigar lounge is soon to open on the block between Pontotoc and Vance, on the east side of the street.

Tuesday night the Orpheum will have a free public showing of 1989 movie Purple Rain, a special tribute to Prince. If you’re thinking about bringing the kids, might want to keep in mind that this movie is rated R due to sexuality, nudity, and violence.

Cafe Pontotoc is hosting a reservations-only Cinco de Mayo supper on Sunday, May 1. $45 charge. The restaurant will open at 6 and serve dinner at 7. There will be chips and dip, build-your-own tacos, baked chicken enchiladas or spinach enchiladas with rice and beans, and tres leche. To drink there will be margaritas, Mezcal with salsa chasers, and Mexi-beers. Call 901-249-7655 for reservations.

It’s Debauchery Day! Beale Street Wine Race kicks off with an opening parade into Handy Park at 1 PM, followed by Queen of the Vine, the grape stomp, and the wine relay. If you’re not driving, get you a Call-a-Cab across the street at Wet Willie’s. Know how I joke about being “the bad, bad man with a smoothie in his hand” at the Farmers Market? I really am a bad, bad man when there’s a Call-a-Cab in my hand on Beale Street. Of course I will be supporting Team Blind Bear. About to head down there now to see if my favorite pair of librarian glasses needs any help slipping into her Queen of the Vine outfit. Back tomorrow with more news!


Niko is home + Saturday news

Niko, the missing dog I posted about yesterday, was found in the afternoon a few blocks away and is safely home with his family.

The Orpheum has announced its summer movie series for 2016. Of note: Two venues will be used for the series, with about half at the Orpheum itself and half at the Halloran Center next door. Also notable: Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown on June 10. In the past it has usually been late August or September.

In other Orpheum news, Puscifer plays tonight. Puscifer is the project of Maynard James Keenan, formerly of Tool and A Perfect Circle. Tickets $38-58 or $250-350 VIP.

From the Memphis Flyer: Remembering Rufus Thomas and Prince at the New Daisy, 1997.

Historian Jimmy Ogle leads a free Riverfront Walking Tour today at 2. Meet at the foot of Monroe Avenue and Riverside Drive. Ogle will discuss the Cobblestone Wharf and the sinking of the Sultana.

River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater is tonight. $5 cover, DJ at 6, bands start at 7. Nots, Chickasaw Mound, and DJ Painted Bird will perform. The series benefits Maria Montessori School.

Ugh… renovations of the Benchmark Hotel, already ongoing for 6 years, are over budget and another investor may have to step in and finish the project.

You guys remember former Memphis Tiger Preston Laird? He was the white kid who played during the Joey Dorsey era, best known for coming in with 0:16 remaining in the game with the Tigers up 105-63. He’s had a successful post-basketball career. This week he was named the UNLV men’s basketball director of operations, having previously held the same position at New Mexico State. I would say he’s following a similar path to Pastner but I don’t want to jinx the guy.

There’s a Prince Purple Party in the Twelve Bar, the upstairs of Jerry Lee Lewis’s club on Beale from 5 to 9 tonight. DJ Swagg will spin the Prince hits. It’s a fundraiser for the Christopher Hope Foundation Food Drive, so bring a non-perishable food item. Free to attend.

Check out this incredible video of Prince playing guitar on While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Thanks to WordPress guru Otto for fixing some of my plugins last night at Max’s Sports Bar. In particular, take a look at my Loflin Yard post from two weeks ago and notice that if you click on a photo, it opens up a carousel. Before, when you clicked on a photo, it would open up the photo in 500×500 with an ugly Title: P1073106 page with no way to click forward and back to get to the other images. With that fixed, I can use this blog to host my Wine Race and BBQ Fest photos and not have to resort to Facebook. Charging up the camera batteries so I will be ready for Wine Race tomorrow.

After leaving Max’s around sunset, I ran into friends a little ways up Main. My artist friend Bad Shane painted a tribute to Prince on The Smurfy Door:

2016-04-22 20.15.57

After that it was wing grilling time.

If you weren’t there, you missed out on a good time!


Plans for today: Farmers Market, brunch with Bloom at Bardog (with Panda managing so I will get to hear about Niko’s return), then more wings at the Southern Hot Wing Festival. My BBQ team is competing at Southaven Springfest today, but since I am not one of the cooks my presence is not required. They will send me photos of the shoulders and the trophy so I can do my PR job from Memphis.

I’ll have to do Bardog without my “DAWG” John D who is cooking at Springfest, but I will find a way to muddle through somehow. Beautiful weekend for people-watching and tube top watching. Time to get outside!

Niko, missing dog in Poplar-Perkins + Friday news update #2

If you live in the Poplar-Perkins area, be on the lookout for a missing dog with no collar:


He answers to Niko and belongs to Panda, my Saturday brunch bartender/manager at Bardog. Email me at paul@paulryburn.com if you find him and I will get you in touch with Panda.

Anyone else finding that the light at Front and Peabody Place is a traffic hazard? Every morning I take Peabody Place to Front and turn left. The light remains green for Front, and the walk signal remains “walk,” for over 2 minutes sometimes before the signal turns to “don’t walk” and starts counting down from 19 to 0 and then finally Peabody Place gets the green. The light stays red for so long in the Peabody Place direction that drivers assume it’s malfunctioning, and turn left on red.

I won’t be turning left at that intersection for the next month though… tomorrow Riverside closes for Memphis in May and bluff repair. It will reopen May 30. Alternate route is south on Second to G.E. Patterson, take a left, right on Third, right on Crump, and then exit turning right south on to I-55.

It’s Growl Towel time! The Grizzlies host the San Antonio Spurs at FedExForum tonight at 8:30. If you’re going to Game 3, arrive early for heightened security at the door. If you’re not going, you can watch the game on ESPN.

The DMC is opposing a proposed parking lot at the northwest corner of Front and Pontotoc in what is sometimes known as the Front Street Chicken District. The DMC says the block between Front and Wagner is too valuable to waste on a surface lot.

iPhone users: Beware of a phishing scam informing you that your Apple ID is about to expire.

Last day to purchase 3-day passes for Music Fest. The offer goes away at midnight tonight.

Over the Edge happens tomorrow. People will rappel off the Raymond James Tower overlooking the Mississippi River to raise money for orphans.

A few days ago, I said that Max was polling his customers on whether to go nonsmoking with his sports bar, and that I had mixed feelings about it. Now that the poll has closed, I will share my feelings.

1) On a personal level: I am a nonsmoker. Therefore I would prefer to hang out at a bar that is nonsmoking, although it is not such a strong preference that I would let it keep me from seeing my friends.

2) My friends: Several of my friends who hang out at Max’s more than any other place are hardcore smokers. If Max went nonsmoking, their favorite place as they have known it since 2007 would no longer be the same. I don’t want them to lose their favorite spot. I think about how I would feel if the Blind Bear changed so drastically that it became a place I would no longer care to frequent. There would be a sense of loss, for sure. I hate the thought of my friends who call Max’s their home experiencing that.

3) Smoking is keeping people away: I can go back as far as 2009 and find blog posts I wrote saying that Max’s is the friendliest bar Downtown, the easiest to meet locals and make friends. I know FOR A FACT that there are regulars who would not have found Max’s if not for my blog. I wonder how many more people tried Max’s, and understood what I wrote but decided not to go back because of the smoke. I wonder if there are people who I would have become good friends with at Max’s, but never met them because of the cigarettes. I wonder if my friends on Squeal Street BBQ or Porkosaurus or my own team would have had a few additional members this year, but because of the smoke they/we never met those people. That’s a shame.

4) The fact that smoking in public places is legal at all, anywhere in Tennessee in 2016 is just fucking stupid: Most states have enacted smoking bans. Check Wikipedia for a list.

The official BBQ Fest app has dropped. Search for “Memphis in May Barbecue” on Apple or Android to get it. It is a free app. Maps, team lists, merchandise, FAQ, and more.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow probably.

This is the Dawning of the Age of Asparagus

When the kale is in the seventh booth…
And pottery aligns with meats
Then peace will guide the radishes
And love will steer the beets!

This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus…

This is the Dawning of the Age of Asparagus is the theme at Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. Check out this Pinterest board for ideas for what to do with your asparagus. Tip from MFM: The thinner, slender stalks are the more tender ones. There will be live music from Bud Summers (8:30-10) and Steve Schad (11-12:30). The market is at the corner of Front and G.E. Patterson from 7 AM to 1 PM Saturdays.

Check out this week’s vendor chitchat with Teresa Harris of Jessie Harris Produce. Jessie Harris is her husband’s name and the name of their farm in Dyersburg. They use only organic products on their farm, and are best known for their tomatoes, being one of the first vendors of the Farmers Market season to carry them.

The Redbirds return to town tomorrow night with a 6:35 game time, and there will be a huge number of things going on. There’s a Papa John’s “Score 6” promotion where you can order a pizza online for half off the following day if the Redbirds score 6 runs. There will also be a baby race, a block party at 5 in the plaza, a Floor & Decor giveaway, a performance by Drums Unlimited, and fireworks following the game. Opponent is the Round Rock Express.

We now know quarterbacks are going 1-2 in the NFL draft. That could propel Memphis Tigers QB Paxton Lynch into the top 10.

Frank Chin has a photo gallery of Rajun Cajun crawfish fest.

Off to work. Possibly another post later today. Good luck to my Moody Ques teammates as they load in to Southaven Springfest.

Thursday update

BREAKING: Prince has passed away at the age of 57

Before we get started, a quick announcement to my Moody Ques teammates: Friday (tomorrow) is the deadline to let us know your T-shirt size. If you are a member, or if you have not paid yet but plan on being a member, fill out this form and let us know your size. We are ordering extras but cannot guarantee the size you want if you do not let us know by tomorrow.

The MyHQ alley party in Barboro Alley got rescheduled due to incoming storms last night. New date is Tuesday, May 3, when they will partner with Red Ball Project, and there will be music, drinks, games, art and more.

Pro tip: If you’re going to Southern Hot Wing Fest Saturday on Riverside, start stocking up on dollar bills. No, not to go to the strip club afterward, but to leave donations for the teams who feed you wings. Money in the donation buckets will go to the Ronald McDonald House.

Fox13 has photos of a car smashing into the South Bluffs guard shack.

Ready for your daily dose of stupid? Donald Trump thinks putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is “a total P.C. move” and that we should put her on the highly-esteemed $2 bill instead. How does he get away with saying this stuff?

Good stuff from one of my favorite authors, Neale Donald Walsch:

Too often the past 12 months, I have chosen actions based out of fear. I think I will make it a personal goal to choose better actions in the short term, say, between now and the end of BBQ Fest.

Best Bet from Michael Donahue: Caldo Tlalpeno from Maciel’s. I have not tried that one yet, but based on my experience, anything from Maciel’s is a Best Bet!

The Majestic Grille is opening at 10 Sunday so you have time to brunch before Grizzlies playoff game 4. 901-522-8555 for reservations.

Susan Ellis from the Flyer has news on what is happening at Bluefin since the new owner took over.

There will be a Latin Food & Tequila Fest Sunday at the Cadre Building from noon to 7.

Learn to make Felicia Suzanne’s classic BGFLT salad at home in this video.

If you didn’t see the Downtown Olympics recap I posted early this morning, keep scrolling down and you will see it. Check back, because a third post is a serious possibility. Farmers Market news came in too late for this post but I will try to get it online this evening.

Downtown Olympics 2016


Downtown Olympics was held in the Double J parking lot Saturday, April 16. Teams of four (or in some cases five or six) marched in an opening parade and competed in five events. The team entry fees were used to raise money for Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, an organization that prepares nutritious meals and bikes around Downtown and Midtown handing them out to the hungry.

First up was the opening parade, from Max’s to the light at Main and GE Patterson to Double J.


Grand Marshal “Kooky” Gardo


I wasn’t able to capture a picture of the flag, but this team was named the Pabst Smears.


The Unicorns, a stalwart team of DTO.


The referees


Chugzilla won the bar relay. Participants had four stops. At each stop they had to chug a beer, hand the baton to their teammate, and then their teammate would take off for the next stop.


Liver Let Die, the Blind Bear team, took second in the wine relay. As far as I know Liver Let Die was the only bar-sponsored team at DTO. Of course, I wore a matching shirt (they’re the 2016 Wine Race shirts) and cheered them on.


After the race, Liver Let Die moved over to the cornhole boards. To expedite, they played to 11 instead of the normal 21.


Dana from Urban Bicycle Food Ministry came up on stage twice to tell the audience about her cause.


Beer pong


The Grand Marshal, Dana, and “Mongo” selling shirts. Quick fact: Mongo is color-blind and can’t tell the difference between purple paint and blue paint.


Liver Let Die took first in beer pong


Russian Alexs and me


Chicken Fried Steak Rodger and Alexs try their skills at cornhole


On to the tricycle races. Team members had to chug a beer then ride a tricycle with a wheel no bigger than 16 inches around half a figure 8.


Referee Boo


Staying within the lines. Not every team did as well.


Mark, indicating that he had a full beer and was ready to chug before embarking on his leg of the race.


As more beer was chugged, accidents began to pile up on the course.


Bad Shane


Nate checking out the trike races


Man down

The final event was synchronized drinking. I was out of position to get photos of all the teams, but Liver Let Die went on stage right as I came out of the Loft Bar with a beer so I got them on video.

Following synchronized drinking was the awards ceremony, with hand-crafted medals made by referee Boo at her own expense. Visit Boo at her pottery stand at the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Sorry if my photos seem not up to par with previous Downtown Olympics photo albums. I had a lot on my mind… a sense of regret, conversations I had at B-RAD’s bar in the past. I won’t go into detail. I will say that I realized Saturday that I’m not the same person I was several months ago.

Miss out on the debauchery of DTO? Well, there’s even more ahead this weekend. Beale Street Wine Race is Sunday at 1 at Third and Beale. I will be there supporting Team Blind Bear and maybe having a Call-a-Cab. It’s a one-of-a-kind event just as DTO is, so come on out and experience it.

I do expect to have a news post up at lunchtime or after work, so check back.


Max’s taking poll about smoking and more (Wed update #2)

If you’re a customer of Max’s Sports Bar, you might want to pull up their Facebook or Twitter page today and vote. Max is polling his customers on whether he should continue to allow smoking at his bar. The sports bar has been a smoking establishment since it opened as Calhoun’s on the last day of 2007.

I have mixed feelings about this but am going to hold off sharing them until the vote concludes, to avoid having undue influence on the results. I will say that I voted my personal preference, which is nonsmoking.

The Brass Door is closing at 3 today for a private event. Diamond Dave’s British Bingo will move to Thursday this week only, at 7:30 PM.

Looks like the South Bluffs guard shack took a direct hit from a vehicle sometime in the past day. I hope everyone is all right.

The MBJ has info on Grizzlies uniforms, which will change in the 2017-18 season to incorporate sponsor logo patches. The sponsor will be team-wide; individual player sponsorships will not be allowed.

Pranom Pop-Up, the nationally famous Thai street food vendor, is coming back to Memphis tomorrow evening. They will be at Earnestine & Hazel’s from 7 until they run out.

Alexander Hamilton is staying on the $10 bill, but Andrew Jackson will be replaced by Harriet Tubman on the $20. Replacing a man who owned slaves with a woman who led slaves to freedom… I applaud this. Excellent decision.

I’m going to lead off at the Silly Goose for happy hour, then I’ll go over and check out the My HQ alley party next to Bardog. Possibly an after-work post, so check back.