Sun update: Silly Goose Pink Party, Grizzlies play international team, Memphis Madness schedule

The Silly Goose is holding a Pink Party to raise money for the fight against breast cancer this Thursday, October 17, starting at 8 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive all tricked out in pink. There will be music by DJ Cody. Your $10 ticket includes an entry into a raffle where you can win great prizes, including a Tito’s handmade guitar. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Grizzlies host Israel’s Maccabi Haifa B.C. at the FedExForum tonight at 5 PM. I’ll say it again – arrive early, because the NBA has mandated hand-wanding for security at all its arenas for the preseason. Lines will be long.

The schedule for Memphis Madness has been released for Friday, October 18. You can view it here. This year it’s going to be one of the Madness events covered nationally on ESPN, with analyst Bruce “Douchebag” Pearl in town for coverage. Tickets will be available at Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations through the 16th, and at the FedExForum the 17th and 18th. PRO TIP: Sports writers I follow on Twitter believe all the tickets will be gone before the 17th, so best bet is to get out to Ashley ASAP. You know you’re in a basketball city when an open college team practice sells out an NBA arena.

If you’re looking for other college teams to pull for in addition to the Tigers, check out Kansas this year. I was listening to the Gary Parrish Show on the way home last week. Gary said that of all the bigs at Kansas, former Tiger Tarik Black is showing the most potential. I hope Tarik has a big year (although it’s OK if he has an off-night if Kansas and Memphis meet in the big dance) and makes it to the NBA.

Tomorrow is Columbus Day, so if you need to go to the bank or post office, you might as well forget it.

Fox News covered the monster owl that is terrorizing the High Point neighborhood this morning. The owl is said to weigh 20 pounds and have a 5-foot wingspan. This is probably the most credible news story Fox News will run all day. (Edited to add: Follow the owl on Twitter at @HighPointOwl.)

Programming note for this week: My update posts are more likely to go up before or after work than at lunchtime this week. I’m in training all week and I will probably be too sick of being in front of a computer to do much at lunchtime. The good news is that I’m getting the very best training on tools for the server-side and client-side programming languages I work with, and I have projects on the horizon to put those tools to good use. If I’m not a rockstar-level web developer by the end of 2014, it will be nobody’s fault but my own.

Oh and on a related note: I’m turning down all offers of Fireball shots until Friday. Sorry but I want to be at my mental best this week.

Sunday Fun Day will proceed as planned without the Fireball, though. I didn’t say I was giving up PBR. I’ll start it off at the Blind Bear at noon.