Wed update: Food bank jobs, Harahan walkway, Corked Carrot, Memphis to Moore video, Fielder’s Square, new Midtown Wednesday trivia

Want to work for a nonprofit that helps Memphians in need? The Mid-South Food Bank has four jobs open. Positions include Perishable Warehouse Specialist, Marketing Manager, Transportation Coordination, and Retail Store Donation Coordinator.

It has been said that the planned path over the Harahan Bridge, connecting Memphis’ Main Street to West Memphis’ Broadway, will change Memphis’ international image. The bridge is planned to hold a cycling, running, and walking path. Few other cities offer such amenities over a river, and none over the Mississippi.

The Corked Carrot, the new wine and cupcake bar on South Main, has revised its menu. View the new menu here.

Here’s a video about Friday’s Memphis to Moore fundraiser at the Westin: (if you don’t see the video below, refresh your browser, it’s there)

Dress is “fun not formal/dressy casual,” so a stylish tube top dress would be an excellent choice.

Two out-of-town companies have purchased the Fielder’s Square apartment community.

Kevin Cerrito, who runs Tuesday trivia at Ferraro’s and Thursday trivia at Green Beetle, is bringing a new Wednesday trivia night to Midtown. Tonight and every Wednesday thereafter, Kevin will host trivia at Ink, at the corner of Cooper and Young (in the former Cortona, Dish, Melange space). Trivia will start after the band concludes the free weekly concert outside, and there will be happy hour specials.

That’ll wrap it up. I’ll be out at the usual places after work.

Tue update: Help a St.Jude Hero, Front Street Deli to reopen, new French restaurant, Michael Jackson Tribute, dance like a Grizz Girl

I’d like to join my friend Air Traffic Mike in asking for help for a St. Jude Hero. Our friend Misty wants to raise $1000 for St. Jude, and as of the time Air Traffic Mike made his blog post about Misty, she was $167 short. Anyone want to help her get the rest of the way there?

The Front Street Deli will reopen soon. It has been closed since owner Lee Busby died. Lance Silkes who does the Tastin’ Round Town tours plans to reopen the deli. Menu will be familiar, although Lance plans to add a few personal touches.

A French creperie will be opening in the spot that used to be Neely’s BBQ at 670 Jefferson. The Hungry Memphis blog reports that Monsieur Demarcus French Creperie will open in August. The chef hopes to achieve the same authentic French ambience that he had at his restaurant in Bartlett.

The Ultimate Thriller, said to be “the” ultimate Michael Jackson tribute, is coming to the Orpheum Saturday, July 27. Tickets will be on sale soon.

If you’ve thought about trying out to be a Grizz Girl, choreographer Tamara Moore is holding some audition prep classes. Even if you have no interest in trying out, you can sign up for the classes and work out like the Grizz Girls do. A good workout will have you looking great in a tube top.

It’s official – Memphis will host the American Athletic Conference tournament next year. It will be the second weekend of March at the FedExForum. Home court advantage for the Tigers!

Plans for tonight: I’ll lead off at the Saucer, then poker at Blind Bear at 8. I’ll probably have to tell the “what happened Saturday night” story a few times for people returning from trips out of town. Came in second on Sunday and hopefully I will improve by one spot tonight!

Mon update: Memphis to Moore, Gibson 5K and party, Redbirds resume game, new lunch spot

I bought my ticket to Memphis to Moore today. The fundraiser happens this Friday night at the Westin’s ballroom, with money going to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Updated news about the event: Grace Askew from The Voice and The Super 5 will provide the live music. Also, the Amurica photo booth will be there so you can take pics and send positive messages back to the folks in Moore, Oklahoma.

The Gibson 5K Run/Walk is Saturday evening. Afterward there’s a big party on the Gibson Plaza. Even if you don’t do the run, you can get into the party for a $5 cover charge.

We have kind of an unusual situation at AutoZone Park tonight. The first pitch will happen at 6:05, an hour earlier than usual… but it won’t be the first pitch of the first inning. Rather, a rain-suspended game from April will restart in the 12th inning, with the New Orleans Zephyrs leading 6-2. After that game concludes, a regular 9-inning game will start approximately 30 minutes later.

Southern Belle: Take-Out Hot Lunch and Catering is now open for lunch at 117 Union, in the old Rio Loco location. Their hours are 11 to 2.

Good week to show off those tube tops with highs in the 90s.

That’ll do it for now. I’ll be out at the usual bars after work.

The anti-foo, bar, baz and bat rant

If you’re not a computer nerd you can skip this post. I posted a Saturday news update earlier this morning.

When I was a teenager I got into computers. I’d scour the sale rack at bookstores, looking for any book I could find with programs in BASIC, the computer language I mostly used at the time. One day I picked up a major score: A computer book on sale for $1 that contained code for ELIZA, a program that could seemingly carry on a conversation with a human.

As I read through the book I noticed a couple of things. First of all, “foo” and “bar” were commonly used as variable names, and sometimes “baz” and “bat” as well. I thought that was kind of stupid, but whatever. I also noticed that the book talked about mainframes a lot, odd because I was living in the era of the personal computer. “Exactly how old is this book?” I wondered. I turned to the copyright page and discovered it was published in 1973, an era in which Nixon was president and tube tops were a new invention.

A year later I took my first programming class in college, using Pascal. The professor also used those foo, bar, baz, and bat variables. “What is the deal with those?” I thought.

A few years ago, I was trying out different PHP frameworks, just messing around on my MacBook. As I read through the documentation, there they were again. Foo, bar, baz and bat were alive and well in the 21st century.

And then last week, I had to put a carousel on a web page. If you don’t know what a carousel is, go to ESPN’s site and look at the scores at the top, where you can use arrows to scroll to a new set of scores. That’s a carousel. Being a big fan of OPC (other people’s code), I did a Google search and found one ready to plug in, right out of the box. The elements of the carousel – for example the individual game scores on ESPN’s site – were surrounded by a container, known as a DIV in nerd-speak. And what was the name of the DIV?


Folks, it is time for foo, bar, baz, and bat to be put out to pasture. Stop using them as variable names. Stop using them as web element names. Stop using them at all. Let’s make tombstones for foo, bar, baz, and bat and put “1973-2013” on them and move on.

BONUS RANT: If you use “SWEEB!” and “SUPER-sweeb!!!” in your software documentation, it makes me want to reach through the Internet and strangle you.

Sat update: Eric Hughes, another Redbirds giveaway, Hollis rally, booze news and more

This morning I was out of Mountain Dew, so I had to make a run to City Market. City workers were blowing the NOB outside.

I got an unexpected treat last night. As usual, I made the Flying Saucer my first stop, planning to have a few beers there then move on to the other bars. As I sipped beer number one, I checked Facebook on my phone and found a post from the Saucer, saying that Eric Hughes was playing there at 9. It took me about .01 second to decide that was the plan! The Saucer brought back live music on Fridays a few months ago, and with one of Memphis’ most talented musicians on stage, I was sure to be there. While waiting for Eric to start, I killed the time by drinking several high-alcohol beers toward my 8th plate on the wall. That turned out to be a mistake, as I was too sleepy to stick around after his first set. I also just missed my friends (who had Eric play their wedding reception) by just a few minutes. Hopefully he’ll be back on a future Friday night.

A big homestand full of giveaways continues this afternoon at AutoZone Park. The first 2000 fans in the gate will receive a Rendezvous BBQ apron. Gates open at 5 with first pitch vs. the Nashville Sounds at 6:05. Besides the aprons, there’s another reason to get there early: Select Redbirds players will be available for autographs from 5 to 5:30. These guys are only one step away from the majors, so you never know – you may get the signature of a future legend. There will be fireworks after the game, and there will also be a program honoring the new Teach for America teachers in the Mid-South.

There’s a rally in support of Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins this afternoon at Tom Lee Park at 3:30. Coach Hollins’ contract expires June 30, and while it’s not out of the question he’ll be brought back, management is also looking at assistant Dave Joerger and former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. I’m neutral in this whole matter, by the way. I have tremendous respect for Hollins for what he’s done with the team, and I think he’s one of the top coaches in the NBA. However, one thing I’ve learned is that the boat moves a lot farther, a lot faster, when all the crew is rowing in the same direction. I’m not sure Coach is rowing in the same direction as management.

Booze news from Memphis magazine: When to stir a cocktail and when to shake it

The gold stars are back! The Center for Tube Top Excellence has authorized me to hand out gold stars this weekend for outstanding achievement. Look for me out and about today and tomorrow. I’ll kick it off at 11 at Panda’s bar at Bardog.


Fri update: Orpheum silent film and dinner on stage, Tug’s/Hospitality HUB, proposal on the rooftop, Redbirds giveaway, and more

A rare screening of a silent film will happen tonight at The Orpheum. 1928’s The Cameraman, starring Buster Keaton, will be shown at 7:00. However, guests are advised to show up at 6:30 for “Beyond the Screen with Indie Memphis,” a discussion of this film and the silent film era. During the film there will be live musical accompaniment by nationally known pianist Tony Thomas.

The Orpheum’s annual dinner on stage is this Saturday night. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, a tour of the theatre and backstage, and a brief film in the auditorium about the Orpheum’s history. That will be followed by a 3-course dinner with wine, and then a Q&A session. Pat Halloran will share stories and history with guests. Tickets are $75 per person ($50 if you’re a current season ticket holder), or $550 for a table of 8. The event is limited to 90 guests. Call the box office at 901-525-3000 to purchase tickets.

Tug’s restaurant on Mud Island is holding a fundraiser for the Hospitality HUB. From 4 to 9 PM Wednesday, June 19, 10% of all food and beverage sales will be donated to the organization. The HUB helps people exit homelessness by giving them a hand up rather than a handout, offering many services they need to find their way back into mainstream life. It’s a worthy organization to support.

Last night at the Peabody rooftop party, Seeing Red played a song about marriage. As the band played, a man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She said “yes.” Congratulations to the happy couple.

There are a lot of giveaways coming up during the current Redbirds homestand, which runs through next Thursday. First 2000 fans in the gate for tonight’s game receive a Redbirds gym bag. There’s good reason to come early, with a block party on the plaza from 5 to 7 with live music and $2 Coors Light. Game time is 7:05. Ladies, that gym bag would be a great way to carry tube tops around so you can have them to put on at any time.

It’s National Donut Day and I hear that Gibson is giving away donuts. Free donuts? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

New T-shirt available on Roadkill T-shirts: There’s no award for stupid, so stop competing.

That’ll wrap it up for now. No set plans for anytime this weekend, but I’ll be out.

Thur update: Tube topportunities, Bass Pro, dog park for Mud Island?, Memphis to get AAC tournament?, Yo Gotti, and more

BREAKING NEWS: The Denver Nuggets have told 2013 NBA Coach of the Year George Karl that they’re not bringing him back for the final year of his contract. Karl and the Grizzlies are already talking. Ironically, Lionel Hollins is being mentioned as a candidate for the Nuggets job.

Part of my responsibility as a blogger during Tube Top Month is to make my readers aware of tube topportunities, opportunities to wear tube tops. One such tube topportunity happens tonight, at the weekly rooftop party atop the Peabody Hotel. Seeing Red will be the featured entertainment, and the buffet will have mini pizzas and an antipasto platter. The drink special will be a Svedka orange cream pop for $4. If you’re in VIP, the buffet there will have lasagna al forno, meatballs in marinara, an antipasto platter, and garlic bread. The VIP Budweiser tasting this week will feature New Belgium products.

Another tube topportunity will happen July 4, also atop a hotel roof, in this case the Madison. Twilight Sky Terrace will host a fireworks-watching party from 7 to 10 PM. $35 ticket gets you a BBQ plate plus one alcoholic beverage. 21 and up only, reservations required. Call 901-333-1243 to make a reservation, or visit the website for more information. July 4 is the final day of Tube Top Month and this would be a great way to celebrate.

In other news: Bass Pro’s opening date has been pushed back. *Sigh* The new store is now set to open in the Pyramid at the end of 2014. Previously, the opening date had been planned for this fall.

Mud Island may get a dog park soon. The money for it is said to already be in the budget.

Sports writers are reporting that it’s likely FedExForum will host the AAC tournament in 2014. The American Athletic Conference is the successor to the Big East and is the Memphis Tigers’ new league. A rabid basketball market and an NBA arena makes FedExForum an excellent choice to host the tournament.

Yo Gotti & Friends play the Orpheum tonight, 8 PM.

Congratulations to my friend Christopher “Skippy” Blank, new news director at WKNO-FM 91.1.

From The Consumerist blog: Mommy, this orange juice tastes funny – because it’s a mimosa

I will probably start at the Goose tonight like I usually do on Thursday, with a possible venue change to Bear or Saucer if it gets super crowded pre-Yo Gotti. PBR is only a few hours away and I am ready.

Wed update: Aldo’s awning, Bass Pro/Mud Island, Lumineers concert, harbor cleanup, Southern Tide event @ Lansky, Chisca

After a couple of days without much news, today there’s plenty. Let’s get to it.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies has announced that they are adding an awning to their patio. That should help keep things shady and comfortable for patio dining at the pizzeria during the summer months. They already have misters installed on the patio.

Representatives from Bass Pro Shops have been meeting with Mud Island residents about signage on the north side of the Pyramid, scheduled to open as a Bass Pro Shop later this year. Residents are concerned that signage could ruin their scenic view of the Downtown skyline.

The Lumineers have announced an October 8 concert at Mud Island Ampitheatre. Tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster Friday. Great outdoor venue and in early October the weather is still warm enough to wear a tube top to the concert.

There will be a Wolf River Harbor cleanup Saturday from 8 to 10 AM. If you want to help, meet at the cobblestones at 8, and wear long pants and hard-soled shoes. They will provide trash bags, gloves and water. The cleanup is part of the preparation for the Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak race on the 15th.

There will be a Southern Tide event this weekend, Friday-Sunday at the Lansky shops in the Peabody. Featured will be sportshirts, Skipjack polos, shorts, T-shirts. You’ll be able to register for a chance to win $250 in Southern Tide merchandise from Lansky. More info about the event here.

Here’s a Memphis Daily News article about progress renovating the Chisca Hotel. When it was vacant it was described as a “black hole” that sucked the energy out of the vital area between the entertainment district and South Main. Indeed it was. Once the project is complete, it will instead serve as a bridge between those two neighborhoods.

That’ll do it for now. I’ll probably lead off at the Goose tonight. Last night I went to the Saucer and had someone 5 seats down leaning back every 20-30 seconds so he could see what I was doing. Maybe I should build him a periscope so he doesn’t have to strain to see me over the other customers. This was the same weirdo who followed me around Saturday before last, by the way. Anyway, I don’t feel like dealing with that again tonight so I’ll start at the Goose for some $2 PBR. Plans after that TBD.

This time, Delta REALLY does Memphis

This has been a really slow news week. It’s not that I was slacking yesterday. I just didn’t have anything to report. This happens every June after festival season/Grizzlies season ends. It’s slow news time until late August.

In fact, I was going to type a “I got nothing” post for today, up until a few minutes ago when one news item came in. Delta is going to de-hub Memphis effective September 3. They will reduce to 60 flights per day, and 230 jobs will be cut. This is bad news, but it’s also an opportunity for a much better airline – Southwest – to step up.

To close this post, here’s a pic of Rebekah in a tube top dress, taken back in April.

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